About Arnprior Regional Health
Get to know ARH!
ARH is a regional leader and hub for select acute, long-term care and other health care services, and we’re constantly changing and growing to meet the needs of our local communities.
We’re keeping pace with clinical innovations and finding new ways of delivering care in a community setting. For example, we introduced the Assisted Living Services program, we broadened our surgical program with a greater focus on day surgery, we partnered to establish The Seniors Active Living Centre and we expanded our telemedicine program to virtually link patients to health care providers without the need for travel. By bringing all of these services and more under the ARH umbrella, we enhance patient, client and resident care and improve navigation of the healthcare system.
Together, we create a healthy community.
As your partner in health, we deliver compassionate, quality care each day.
Honesty, Accountability, Respect, Teamwork (H.A.R.T.)
Our Senior Team
President & CEO
Leah grew up in a small town before she headed off to college to complete a diploma in Nursing Science that led to the start of her healthcare career as a frontline nurse working in the intensive care unit (ICU). After many years at the bedside, Leah transitioned to clinical leadership positions, which started her down the management path. Leah’s career as a manager continued to bring her to new settings and challenges including small rural and larger urban hospitals. Leah realized to further advance her career, she would need a Master of Health Administration, which she completed at The University of Toronto.
Leah’s first senior leadership role was at Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) as the Chief Nursing Executive (CNE). During her six years with the organization, Leah focused on improving employee engagement, helping to develop the Family Health Team and build a more collaborative relationship, and introducing the implementation of the electronic medical records system to improve quality and safety.
Leah later transitioned to the VP Patient Care/CNE position at Queensway Carleton Hospital prior to her appointment to the role of President and CEO at ARH. Leah is passionate about high quality patient centered care and is thrilled to be able to help improve the health and wellness of the community through the various programs that ARH provides.
Leah enjoys skiing, golfing, and relaxing at her home in Calabogie where she lives with her husband, Jeff. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Kate and Jenn, and they are delighted to have welcomed their first grandson in July 2021.
Dr. Florin Padeanu
Chief of Staff
Dr. Florin Padeanu is a family physician with extensive medical leadership experience. After working as a lawyer, Dr. Padeanu completed his medical degree at The University of Manitoba and residency in family medicine in Winnipeg. He was a part owner and ran a large medical clinic in Winnipeg for 12 years.
In 2020, Dr. Padeanu and his wife, Dr. Julie Ridgen, relocated from Winnipeg to Arnprior (Dr. Ridgen’s hometown). In addition to providing care on the Hospital’s Inpatient Unit, Dr. Padeanu practices family medicine at the Tall Pines Clinic, which is part of the Arnprior and District Family Health Team.
Dr. Padeanu was appointed to Chief of Staff in January 2022.
Vice President, Seniors Care/Long-Term Care and Community Programs
Janice is a registered nurse with more than 40 years of nursing and healthcare management experience that has included intensive care, bereavement, psychiatry, long-term care and senior care.
More recently, Janice has had national oversight and extensive experience managing long-term care and retirement homes across several provinces. She is also an Accreditation Canada Surveyor and has surveyed across Canada for 17 years.
Over the decades, Janice, her husband, and their family have moved around the country gaining education and experience in their careers. She is pleased to have returned ‘home’ to the Ottawa region living in nearby White Lake with her husband and within close driving distance to their three married children and four grandchildren.
Vice President, Finance & Support Services, Chief Financial Officer
Jeff is a strategic and innovative corporate executive with over 20 years’ experience successfully leading finance, administrative and corporate support functions in complex, multi-stakeholder organizations.
Jeff has held senior leadership roles across a broad base of industries including Municipal, Health Care, Policing and Telecom. Most recently Jeff was the Director Corporate Services, Treasurer and Deputy CAO with the Municipality of Mississippi Mills where he successfully built a corporate services team and developed a digital master plan. Prior to Mississippi Mills, Jeff served as the first CFO and CAO of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) where he successfully navigated the organization back to balanced operating results after 5 consecutive years of deficits. He also led a major operational and IT system modernization and successfully implemented a transformation to HR and recruiting practices.
Prior to joining the OPS, Jeff served as the CFO and VP Corporate Services with the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA) where he supported the regional integration of medical laboratories of the acute care hospitals across Eastern Ontario and successfully led the integration of EORLA labs with the Ontario Lab Information System (OLIS). Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Dalhousie University, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Jeff has been a long time resident and volunteer in the ARH catchment area. He currently lives in McNab Braeside with his wife Vicki; sons Ty, Jace and Dean; and dog Ripp. He has enjoyed volunteering in the community with the Arnprior Minor Hockey Association as a coach and past President as well as with the Arnprior McNab Braeside United Soccer Club.
Vice President, HR
Andrea has more than 17 years of progressive management and leadership experience through her roles in healthcare organizations in the region. She is a Certified Health Information Professional with diplomas in Health Care Management, Health Information Management and Clinical Data Information Specialist while also being Lean Certified trained in Health Informatics.
Andrea is very passionate about employee engagement and ensuring Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is the best place to work. She began her tenure at ARH in 2011 serving as the Manager of Health Information Services & Decision Support and Chief Privacy Officer for more than 10 years. Andrea also led ARH’s project management of Meditech, the Connecting Ontario Provincial Electronic Health Record initiative and other internal and external projects. In addition, Andrea had responsibility for the day-to-day operational activities of the Health Record and Admitting/Registration teams and is well-versed in privacy, having developed policies and procedures to ensure compliance with FIPPA, PHIPA, and other legislation.
Born and raised in Almonte, Andrea has stayed close to her family and she and her husband currently live in Renfrew County. Andrea enjoys spending her free time with family- including her two adult children and granddog, Kip – and always looks forward to her next travel adventure.
Raeline McGrath, RN
Vice President, Patient Care, Chief Nurse Executive
Raeline brings a wealth of experience to Arnprior Regional Health through her progressive leadership career in geriatrics, rehabilitation, mental health, outpatient services, nursing professional practice, quality and risk, pediatrics, long-term care, and infection prevention and control. Raeline has a Master of Nursing with a focus in Leadership.
Raeline began her career as a bedside nurse in Newfoundland at the Pediatric Hospital in the Emergency Department. She spent many years in various roles working for the Eastern Health Regional Authority before relocating to Ottawa in 2017 with her husband and daughter.
Raeline and her husband now live in Carp with their three dogs and appreciate the beauty and quiet of their new surroundings. They take every opportunity to explore the local area as well as towns in the Ottawa Valley.