KCHC Board of Directors begins process for choosing new CEO

Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) offices in Kingston. Kingstonist file photo.

With the news of former Kingston Community Health Center (KCHC) CEO Michael Bell taking the reins at LACGH upon the retirement of Wayne Coveyduck yesterday, Kingstonist reached out to KCHC to find out their plans to fill the very big role Bell carved out for himself at the Kingston-based organization.

In response, KCHC shared a letter that was issued to the organization’s community partners on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, noting that KCHC’s Board of Directors has embarked on the organization’s established process for recruitment and selection of a new CEO.

“I am writing to share bittersweet news: after seven years in the position, KCHC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael (Mike) Bell, has accepted a new position
and will be moving on from our organization,” Catherine Isaacs, President of the KCHC Board of Directors, stated in the letter.

“We are very sorry to see him go, but we are thrilled that he is staying in the area, and LACGH is incredibly lucky to have him.”

Isaacs extended the board’s “immense gratitude” to Bell for his leadership, noting that he “moved the organization forward in many innovative and transformative ways.”

“Over the course of his tenure, KCHC has seen $17 million in growth, has completed two successful and positive accreditation processes, and has played
a key role in the development of the Frontenac Lennox and Addington Ontario Health Team (FLA OHT). Mike also rose to the unprecedented challenge of leading a community health organization during a global pandemic: we are proud to say that KCHC never closed its doors to clients through these trying times, and played a huge role in Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington (KFL&A)’s successful COVID-19 vaccination education and delivery campaigns,” the board chair shared.

Issacs pointed out that, under Bell’s support and guidance, KCHC pioneered several integrated leadership roles with our community partners, and has continued to increase access to vital programs and services across KFL&A, such as:

  • Leading the transition from Better Beginnings for Kingston Children to EarlyON
  • Adding three Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) teams at Street Health Centre
  • Launching the Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) program
  • Launching the Transgender Health Program for South East Ontario
  • Implementing the new Rural Frontenac Lennox & Addington Allied Health Team
  • Partnering with Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy to create a Health Hub
  • Significantly expanding the Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program
  • Expanding the Dental Health program to increase access for seniors
  • Expanding the Community Development team to help address the community’s needs around food insecurity
    and seniors’ isolation
  • Securing five-year funding agreements for both Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) and the Kingston
    Immigration Partnership (KIP), while immigration grew at unprecedented rates
  • Prioritizing Indigenous Health, and the hearing of truths at two all-staff National Days of Truth and Reconciliation
    while approving the role of Elder/Grandmother and an Indigenous Community Development Worker
  • Guiding Pathways to Education through significant changes to their funding, and wholeheartedly supporting the
    launch of a movement around Resilience, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and the protective factors that
    come from Trauma Responsiveness

The board thanks Bell for his dedication and service and wishes him all the best in his new role.

Learn more about Kingston Community Health Centres on its website.

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