Executive Team

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Sarah Downey
president & chief executive officer

Sarah Downey is president and chief executive officer of Michael Garron Hospital (MGH). Her healthcare experience spans two decades of professional engagement in both academic health-science centres and in complex multi-institutional organizations in Toronto and Ottawa. Prior to joining MGH she worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as executive vice president, clinical programs. She has also held senior leadership positions at the University Health Network’s Princess Margaret Hospital where she was responsible for the clinical and support-services operations of Canada’s largest comprehensive cancer centre. A proud resident of East Toronto, she volunteers her time on the board of directors of WoodGreen Community Services. Sarah has a bachelor of science in biology from the University of New Brunswick and a master of health administration from the University of Ottawa. She holds a certified health executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and has spoken at many health-care conferences, and is a mentor to many in the field. She is fluently bilingual.

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Dr. Ian Fraser
chief of staff

Dr. Fraser is Michael Garron Hospital's (MGH) chief of staff as well as director of the Provincial Weaning Centre of Excellence and a lecturer in the division of respirology, faculty of medicine, University of Toronto. He is the former chief and program medical director of medicine. Since joining MGH in 1988, Dr. Fraser has led clinical and research initiatives in quality of care improvement and inter-professional care. He has also been involved in the development of a Canadian community of excellence in prolonged/long-term ventilation (CANuVENT) at a regional, provincial and national level. His current area of interest is collaborative, innovative quality improvement and education in patient safety in the community teaching hospital setting.

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Wolf Klassen
vice president, program support

Wolf Klassen has been with Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) since 1995 and in his current role is responsible for a variety of areas including academic affiliations and research, corporate communications, planning and partnerships, diagnostic imaging, human resources and organizational wellness, laboratory medicine, pharmacy, quality and organizational safety and volunteers. Prior to this, his roles at community and teaching hospitals have included vice president of patient services, director of corporate services and strategic initiatives, program director for mental health services, manager for the department of medicine and risk manager. He has a bachelor of commerce degree and a master of health science in health administration from the University of Toronto. He is a certified health executive with the Canadian College of Health Service Executive and has completed the Rotman School of Management executive program in understanding the new world of health care. Wolf is a tutor at the University of Toronto, department of health policy, management and evaluation and a volunteer board member of several community organizations.

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Irene Andress
vice president, patient experience, health professions & chief nursing executive

Irene Andress has over 20 years experience in nursing administration that spans the continuum of care from community health to acute care. Irene holds a bachelor of nursing degree from Ryerson University and a master of nursing degree from University of Toronto. She has had an adjunct clinical appointment at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing, University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management advanced health care leadership program. Irene is also a certified emotional intelligence trainer and is recognized as an extraordinary leader with a passion for transformation, partnership and outcomes achievement.

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Sarah Chow
vice president, corporate support & chief financial officer

In Sarah Chow’s role she is responsible for finance, information technology, decision support, health records and support services including supply chain, housekeeping, maintenance, security, and food services. Sarah joined Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) in 2016. Prior to joining MGH, Sarah was vice president of finance & chief financial officer at St. Michael’s Hospital for 15 years. Sarah has also held senior roles at Princess Margaret Hospital/UHN and Ernst & Young. Sarah volunteers her time on the board of Medbuy Corporation. Sarah is a chartered professional accountant (CPA), chartered accountant (CA) and chartered director.

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Robert Orr
vice president, redevelopment

Robert has over 15 years of experience leading capital redevelopment projects in the healthcare sector, and before that led major redevelopment initiatives in the private sector. Robert comes to Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) from Infrastructure Ontario where he served as vice president, major projects and oversaw many hospital redevelopment projects including the Niagara Health System, Women’s College Hospital and Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. Prior to Infrastructure Ontario, Robert worked at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he was responsible for their capital redevelopment program.

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Mitze Mourinho
president, Michael Garron Hospital Foundation

Mitze Mourinho is an accomplished fundraising executive with more than 20 years of healthcare fundraising experience. Mitze is a strategic leader with a strong record of success in building long-term relationships with donors and volunteers. Before coming to MGH, Mitze spent close to 17 years with St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, most recently holding the position of vice-president, major gifts and planned giving. She played a pivotal role in the hospital's successful capital campaigns and in securing the hospital's largest individual and corporate gifts. Prior to joining St. Michael's Foundation, Mitze was manager, development at Wellesley Hospital. Mitze is passionate about healthcare fundraising and, in 2013, earned the designation of fellow from the Association of Healthcare Professionals. This professional distinction recognizes dedication, continual advancement and demonstrated commitment to ethical standards of professional practice in healthcare resource development. Mitze is one of only 20 Canadians to hold this professional designation.

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