Tell us about LHSC's new President and CEO
Even while leading one of Canada’s largest academic teaching hospitals, Dr. Paul Woods still sees himself as a family physician first. It’s a useful perspective. Having spent the vast part of his career providing direct patient care gives him a patient- and family-centred focus, along with an understanding of the demands that physicians and hospital staff face daily.
“I have been so impressed by the staff, physicians, students and volunteers at LHSC. Their commitment and compassion for patients and families is exemplary,” says Dr. Woods. “On a personal note, I have been warmly welcomed into the LHSC fold, having done my undergraduate medical education here.”
Dr. Woods obtained his medical degree from Western University and worked throughout the health system including at the University of Calgary’s Department of Family Medicine, with Alberta Health Services and in various roles in the United States.
He came home to Ontario from Trinity Health in Michigan, a not-for-profit health organization with hospitals and clinics in 22 states. There he led a team of more than 7,500 physicians and advanced-practice providers who successfully standardized interdisciplinary, people-centred care systems, resulting in better patient care and a more satisfied health care team.
“There are many parallels with the transformation work that LHSC has been undertaking and it is something I look forward to building upon,” says Dr. Woods.
“The patient is at the centre of everything we do and it is our mission to collaborate with patients, families and system partners to deliver excellent care experiences, educate the health-care providers of tomorrow, and advance research discoveries that optimize the health and well-being of those we serve.”
Working with community partners is key to cultivating the innovative care delivery needed to meet the needs of an ever-changing patient population.
“The collaborative nature of Canadian health care provides the ability for our hospital to work with a wide range of health-care partners throughout the region and evolve a health-care ecosystem that produces sustainable quality, safety and patient satisfaction outcomes.”