Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Welcomes New Chair

Smiths Falls, ON –  Following the June 22, 2010 Annual General Meeting of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, Larry Sparks was elected Chair of the Hospital Board of Directors.

Mr. Sparks joined the Hospital Board of Directors in the autumn of 2004. He was born and raised in Smiths Falls and has lived in Tay Valley Township for the past 25 years. He is presently the Administrator for Omya Canada Inc. facilities.

He is actively involved in the community and has served in various organizations including the Perth Jaycees, Perth Rotary Club, Tay Valley Township Council, Director of the Perth & District Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Town of Perth 3:P Committee.

He is known as an excellent communicator with well-developed relationship management skills.  “Larry has been an invaluable member of the hospital board of the past 6 years sharing his wisdom, perspectives and ideas,” stated Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO.

“Larry is a profoundly dedicated individual who has the skills, capability, and capacity to lead the board in these challenging times for healthcare.  We are currently undertaking a stern to stern strategic planning exercise, and Larry will play a critical role in moving us forward as an organization,” said Tim Carter, outgoing Chair, Board of Directors.

Mr. Sparks has served as Treasurer of the Hospital Board and most recently served in the capacity of Vice Chair.  He will serve a two year term as Chair.  The previous Board Chair, Tim Carter, completed his term as Board Chair at the recent Annual General Meeting.

“During the past 6 years with the Hospital Board, I have developed an ever increasing passion for the organization and all that it stands for,” stated Larry Sparks.

“Larry’s experience in the corporate world is a perfect skill set for his new role at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital,” said Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO.  He added, “I am thrilled to have Larry as the incoming Board Chair and I am confident that his drive and energy will help push us in a new and exciting direction.”

“I am proud to follow in Tim Carter’s footsteps and continue to live and breathe our mission, vision and values as we move forward,” added Larry Sparks.  He continued, “The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital has benefited from Tim’s experience, enthusiasm and steadfast commitment to advancing the organization for our patients, their families, staff and friends.

“Tim is an amazing visionary and his leadership really saw the organization progress,” said Todd Stepanuik.

Larry Sparks said, “I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the Board of Directors.  I am continually awed by the work that is done at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.”

For more information contact:
Todd Stepanuik
President & CEO
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
613-283-2330 ext:1130

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