Director, Regional Cardiac Care Program - Southlake Regional Health Centre

  • LHH Knightsbridge
  • May 30, 2019
Full time Director

Job Description

Position Title: Director, Regional Cardiac Care Program

Reports to: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer 


Southlake Regional Health Centre is a full-service hospital with a regional, clinically advanced focus.

Southlake offers 500 patient beds and accommodates more than 113,000 visits to the Emergency Department, nearly 25,000 in-patient admissions, and more then 500,000 out-patient visits each year. As a regionally designated site, Southlake is responsible for developing and providing advanced levels of care to the more than 1 million people who reside in York Region, Simcoe County, and in some cases, as far north as Muskoka. This is a region that has seen significant growth over the last 10 years and has the highest number of seniors in the province. Advanced, specialty services include: arthritis care, cancer care, cardiac care, cataract surgery, child and adolescent eating disorders, mental health services for children, pediatrics and perinatal care and thoracic surgery. 

Southlake is proud to have a team of more than 3400 employees, 579 physicians, and 800 volunteers. Combined with their commitment to provide the best possible care to patients, their goal is to make Southlake synonymous with healthcare excellence.

With a brand new five-year strategic plan published this year, Southlake is embarking on the next chapter of growth and commitment to outstanding patient care. With a bold vision and four overarching strategic goals, Southlake is positioning itself to be a leader in the ever-changing Ontario Hospital landscape of tomorrow.


Building Healthy communities through outstanding care, innovative partnerships, and amazing people.


  • Always with compassion – we treat everyone like friends and family.
  • Power of many – we cultivate partnerships within and beyond our walls for positive change.
  • Serve with purpose – we are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Every voice matters – we value all perspectives, listen respectfully, and take action.
  • Courage to think differently – we embrace creativity, diversity and innovation in everything we do.


The Regional Cardiac Care Program

Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Regional Cardiac Care Program has a defined vision; envisioning today what the heart needs tomorrow. With a strong mission statement; we are a premier Cardiac Centre of Excellence at the leading edge of clinical care, research, education and innovation. As an extensive program, offering cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, advanced heart failure management and specialists in echocardiography, we provide Ultimate Patient Experiences and outcomes that transform lives close to home and around the world.

This role comes at an exciting time, created by the retirement of a long standing highly regarded director at the tail end of the programs five year strategic plan. The incumbent will play an active role in the continued strategic positioning of the Regional Cardiac Program in the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape of Ontario and will continue to seek out and cultivate new partnership opportunities to drive forward best in class cardiac care across the region and provincial continuum of care. Southlake is also embarking on a new master plan as well as a bed reallocation project which would see Cardiac Care more centralized and create new capacity and space. 

Southlake is ideally looking for a seasoned and experienced individual already at the Director level to fill the vacancy of Director, Regional Cardiac Programs

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, Clinical, the Program Director is responsible for the organization and leadership of all aspects of the Regional Cardiac Care Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre. This includes patient care delivery, operational planning, human resource development, financial management, quality management, education and research. The Regional Cardiac Care Program is the primary tertiary service provider to all hospitals (10) in Simcoe County, York Region Muskoka and Dufferin.

The Program Director is responsible for managing a budget in excess of $75million and more than 300 staff.   The incumbent will be an experienced change agent who will work closely and collaboratively with all levels of management, staff and external stakeholders including the Physician Lead of the Cardiac Program, Cardiac Managers, Cardiac Medical Directors, all relevant Chiefs of service and non-cardiac team members to support and advocate for the program’s Vision/ Mission, to ensure effective team work, implementation of the Cardiac Program's objectives, achievement of the targeted outcomes and the effective and efficient use of resources within the program. 

The Program Director is also responsible for enhancing interprofessional collaboration throughout the continuum of patient care by ensuring that systems are in place to enable optimal clinical decision-making and patient care.


We are seeking an individual who is innovative and creative in their thinking, someone who is not afraid to try new things in an effort to effect change. We want a leader who cultivates and coaches talented managers and front-line staff. The next Director will be a broad systems thinker, someone equally committed to internal and community partnerships with the following backgrounds, experience and personal attributes:


  • Baccalaureate degree in health-related discipline, Related Master’s degree required
  • Active Professional Membership
  • Regulated Health Professional, i.e. College of Nurses of Ontario 


  • Minimum of five years recent experience in related clinical and administrative areas
  • A proven track record of leading positive interprofessional collaboration
  • A proven track record of leading innovation and change
  • A proven track record of exceeding targets and objectives


  • A strong understanding of health delivery issues
  • Agent of change with ability to envision new concepts, methods, and plans
  • Understanding of cost-effective and quality systems of delivery of service
  • Ability to work with all health disciplines to achieve quality of care
  • Proven leadership abilities working with large interprofessional teams
  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships with both internal and external partners to ensure high quality and safe care to our patients and families
  • Demonstrated analytical and financial management skills with a strong ability to monitor and control large budgets
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, in addition to database management skills
  • Approachable, innovative, and professional management style
  • Demonstrated ability to energize, coach, encourage, and support all staff
  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships with both internal and external partners to ensure high quality and safe care to our patients and families
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, verbal and written communication, customer service, analytical approach, fiscal management including “other vote” funding, teamwork, and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated visionary, creative and collaborative management style
  • Demonstrated excellence in critical program analysis 


Should you have an interest in confidentially exploring this further or have any questions regarding this initiative, please contact LHH Knightsbridge search team below: 

Lead Partner : Collin MacLeod

Phone number: 416-928-4534


Research Consultant: Laura Wickware

Phone number: 416-640-4317



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