ARH Board celebrates long-serving directors and appoints new director and committee member

ARH Board celebrates long-serving directors and appoints new director and committee member

July 4, 2022 – At the June 28th Annual General Meeting, the Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) Board of Directors appointed a new board director and committee member as it celebrated the contributions of outgoing board directors including long-serving volunteers, Barb Darlow and Donna Anderson.

Barb Darlow served as Board Chair from 2015 to 2021.

“Our Board of Directors has been incredibly fortunate to have strong board directors who strengthen our team in support of ARH’s delivery of excellent local health care,” shared Cathy Jordan, Board Chair, ARH. “I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Barb Darlow and Donna Anderson for their long-term commitment to our Board and their instrumental contribution to building a strong governance foundation and setting ambitious goals for the organization that they helped the team achieve.”

Barb Darlow joined the ARH Board of Directors in 2013 and served as Board Chair from 2015 to 2021. During this period, she provided leadership to help achieve key milestones including strengthening ARH’s financial position, addressing significant infrastructure concerns, commencing and completing the construction of the new, expanded 96-bed Grove Nursing Home and helping to establish models of collaborative governance in the Rural Health Hub which helped lay the foundation for the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team.

Donna Anderson retired and relocated to the Arnprior area where she decided to get involved in her new community as a volunteer. With a background in human resource management, Donna joined the ARH Board of Directors to contribute her knowledge and experience to improve local health care. She has served as a Board Director since 2013 providing leadership as Chair of Governance Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors.

Donna Anderson served on the Board of Directors since 2013.

The three additional outgoing board directors include: Barbara Kieley, who served on the Board since 2020 and was Chair of the Resources Planning and Audit Committee; Mark MacGown, who also served since 2020; and Tyler Pirie, who served since 2019 and was Chair of the Quality Committee.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am thrilled to welcome Beth Ciavaglia as a new board director.  Beth’s clinical and healthcare management background as well as her first-hand understanding of the patient experience will be a huge asset to our team,” shared Cathy. “It is also a pleasure to have Maggie Harbert, President of the ARH Auxiliary, join as a member of the Quality Committee. Maggie lives in Arnprior and is deeply engaged in the community and will provide us with invaluable insights into how we can align our priorities with the needs of the community.”

Beth Ciavaglia is a registered physiotherapist, who is currently the Quality and Risk Management Coordinator at St. Patrick’s Home in Ottawa.  Most recently, she completed a master’s degree in health administration in 2020 at the University of Regina. Beth is also an active member as a Patient Partner for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, supporting the refining of their strategic plan and working to help support the awareness of the need for public and patient partnerships in health care.

Beth shared: “My personal experience as a recipient of care has had an impact on my commitment to help improve the system as a patient advocate and thus my motivation to join the ARH Board of Directors.”

Maggie Harbert is a long-standing ARH Auxiliary member and in 2021 she stepped up her volunteer leadership commitment by being elected the ARH Auxiliary President and taking on the Volunteer Lead of the Arnprior COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics. The 2022 Greater Arnprior Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards formally recognized Maggie’s contributions by honouring her with a Volunteer of the Year Award.

Maggie said: “I believe in the importance of quality local health care and the power of volunteerism to enhance the health and well-being of the community. My new role on the Quality Committee is another way I can help advance health care in the Arnprior area.”

The ARH Board of Directors continues to recruit for new Board Directors and Committee Members. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities and how to apply, visit the ARH website.

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About Arnprior Regional Health

Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is a progressive 140-bed organization that includes a fully accredited community hospital, nursing home, primary health care centre and extensive community programs. ARH is a regional hub with a strong history of providing exemplary care to the residents of West Ottawa, McNab/Braeside, Arnprior and Mississippi Mills. As your partner in health, ARH is committed to listening to and responding to meet the needs of those we serve, because together, we create a healthy community.

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