Chief Operating Officer
the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Gary
Ryan was the Hospital’s Interim COO since April 2010, overseeing the financial
and operational performance of Southlake. Under his guidance and leadership, the
Hospital continues to operate with a balanced budget, and Gary is working
alongside the President and CEO to transition Southlake from a community
hospital to a Ministry-designated teaching and research facility. Gary also
fulfils the same mandate for the Southlake Residential Care Village as the
Corporate Secretary to the Board and he has recently led the restructuring of
the Village to a self-managed home.
graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology in
1979, and in 1982, obtained a Master of Speech-Language Pathology from the
University of Toronto. In 2001, he completed a Master of Business
Administration from the University of Toronto.
the start of his career in the medical field, Gary worked at Belleville General
Hospital as a Speech-Language Pathologist from 1982 to 1985. Gary joined
Southlake (then York County Hospital) in 1985 and over the course of his
tenure, has held a range of positions, including Vice President of Acute
Services (Emergency, Medicine, Surgery, ICU, Rehabilitation) and Director of
Paramedical Services (Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Food Services,
Ambulance Services, and Cardiac Diagnostics).
is well-known for leading the Mental Health Program through its full
restructuring process at Southlake and this innovative program structure still
continues to this day. As Chair of the Mental Health Planning Committee, he
helped position Child and Adolescent Mental Health as an ‘area of focus’ for
2007 to 2011, Gary was the Acting President and CEO for Stevenson Memorial
Hospital, a small community hospital in Alliston, Ontario. Under Ministry
supervision, Gary successfully led the turnaround of this organization by
improving both quality and patient satisfaction measures throughout the
facility. His efforts resulted in the hospital gaining full Accreditation
status (i.e., with no report) from Accreditation Canada.
has served on numerous committees, including as Chair of The Aphasia Institute,
Vice Chair of the Newmarket and District Association for Community Living,
Director of Speakeasy of Canada, and Past-President of the Ontario Association
of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
has co-authored articles on the subject of mental health services and treatment
of communication disorders which have been published in medical journals.