June 18, 2021 – After serving as the Chair of the Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) Board of Directors for six years, Barb Darlow has completed her final term and will continue to provide leadership as a member of the Board of Directors until June 2022. The Board of Directors has appointed Cathy Jordan as the new Chair.
“It has been an incredible privilege to serve as Chair of the ARH Board of Directors and to work alongside dedicated and exceptional volunteers and senior leaders who are deeply committed to enhancing the health and well-being of our community,” said Barb Darlow. “I am proud of the key milestones we have accomplished together as an organization, and the bright future of our local and regional healthcare.”
Barb joined the ARH Board of Directors in 2013 and has also volunteered her time and leadership experience to support the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation’s current capital fundraising campaign.
“Barb has volunteered countless hours providing strategic direction, counsel, and advocacy to achieve the organization’s exceptional milestones and vision of creating a healthy community,” said Eric Hanna, President and CEO, ARH. “It has been a pleasure to work under Barb’s leadership and ARH has benefited from her focus on respect, teamwork, collaboration and integrity—and at every step, Barb has demonstrated her commitment to person-centred care.”
During Barb’s tenure, ARH commenced the construction of the new, modern 96-bed Grove Nursing Home and the Ontario government also recently committed funding for 32 additional long-term care beds that will more than double local capacity. She has helped established models of collaborative governance in the Rural Health Hub which has helped lay the foundation for the Four Rivers Ontario Health Team that brings together numerous healthcare sectors along the continuum of care across a large geography. Finally, Barb ensured that the ARH Board of Directors had the appropriate foresight, oversight, and insight that led to Accreditation Canada awarding ARH with Accredited with Exemplary Status—the highest award possible.
Cathy Jordan steps into the role of Chair after serving on the ARH Board of Directors for the past two years. Cathy holds a degree in nursing and has extensive experience in the health and social services field. Over the course of Cathy’s career, she has worked with community hospitals, community health and resource centres, Public Health, VON, St. Elizabeth Health Care, Rideau Valley DHC and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Cathy was also the Executive Director of the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre – a position she held for 14 years. Most recently, she has been working as a community health consultant. Cathy and her husband have two children and three grandchildren and live in Calabogie.
“I would like to extend my appreciation for Barb’s leadership over the past six years that has been instrumental in building a Board of Directors with close connections to the community and a broad range of expertise,” said Cathy Jordan. “I am proud and fortunate to serve on the ARH Board, contributing to an organization that is a leading model for long-term care, community programming and rural community hospitals. As we navigate the post-COVID recovery, ARH will come back stronger by leveraging enhanced regional partnerships, care delivery innovations and the expansion of long-term care for our community.”
Eric Hanna added: “On behalf of our ARH Team, I would like to welcome Cathy to her new leadership role as Chair and extend our appreciation for her commitment to the continued growth of our organization and to the health and well-being of our community.”
About Arnprior Regional Health
Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is a progressive 141-bed organization that includes an accredited with exemplary standing community hospital, nursing home, primary healthcare 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 portions of 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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