WCH President & CEO transition

2019-04-10 9:42:33 AM

Women’s College Hospital Foundation is proud to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of Marilyn Emery, former president & CEO of WCH, who retired in late March. Heather McPherson, a celebrated leader at WCH, was named as the incoming president & CEO and commenced her new role on April 1. Welcome, Heather!

As president & CEO for the past 12 years, Marilyn has been deeply committed to the hospital’s mission to revolutionize healthcare for women and for all. Often recognized as one of the most innovative leaders in Ontario’s health sector, Marilyn has remained steadfastly focused on ensuring that healthcare is equitable and accessible for everyone.

Noteworthy among her achievements was the commissioning of a study that asked 1,000 women from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds what they wanted from a hospital built for them. The results helped to inform the design of the new Women’s College Hospital, which officially opened in 2016, as well as the services and care models offered within the building.

To commemorate her many contributions, WCH is establishing the Marilyn Emery Award in Health Equity. Starting next year, the award will be given annually to a WCH clinician, staff member or scientist who exemplifies a deep commitment to health equity and has championed it through their work.

To celebrate Marilyn’s leadership on the brink of her retirement, the WCH community came together for a farewell party on March 25. We hope you’ll view photos from the event as well as a special tribute video created in Marilyn’s honour (below).

As we say goodbye to Marilyn, we are also thrilled to welcome Heather into her new role. Over the past five years as a dedicated WCH leader, Heather has led some of Women’s College Hospital’s most transformative and challenging initiatives including the operationalization of the new hospital building, the implementation of an electronic health record and the evolution of the Acute Ambulatory Care Unit (AACU) to name just a few. She is a registered occupational therapist and holds a Master of Science from the University of Toronto and is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

To view photos from Marilyn's retirement celebration at WCH, please click here

To view Marilyn Emery's WCH tribute video, please click here