Role of CEO Policy


The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the sole employee accountable to the Board of Directors for the strategic and operational leadership of Horizon Health Network. The CEO is accountable for working with the Board and community stakeholders to plan for an integrated and complementary health care system within the catchment area served by Horizon.

The CEO is responsible for ensuring that the vision, mission, and inherent organizational values meet the needs of those served by the organization and that they are embraced and executed by its staff, physicians, and volunteers. The CEO must ensure that Horizon continues to provide quality health services that meet the needs of its patients, families and communities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensures that the resources of the organization (human, financial, and capital assets) are aligned with Horizon’s mission, vision, values, and goals set out in the current and prevailing strategic plan and regional health and business plan;
  • Maintains financial controls so that Horizon operates within available resources and within the direction of the board in its capital and operating budgets;
  • Ensures that quality, safety and risk management are priorities of the organization so that the highest quality of care is delivered to Horizon’s patient and client population;
  • Establishes a positive, accountable and collegial working relationship with the board, characterized by candor and open communication;
  • Acts as chief spokesperson (with the Board Chair) for Horizon to the media and the public;
  • Creates a highly functioning, successful and empowered leadership team by developing effective structures, systems and development opportunities;
  • Builds a positive workplace culture that embraces creativity and innovation, encourages responsible, open, transparent and effective communication and boosts staff, physician, and volunteers satisfaction;
  • Establishes a visible and approachable presence within the hospital, fostering strong relationships with all levels of management, front line staff and the unions;
  • Provides strong moral and organizational support to the associated foundations/auxiliaries through active participation in capital campaigns, annual giving, major gifts, and special event programming;
  • Forges and sustains relationships at both the political and bureaucratic levels, at the provincial, regional and municipal levels, to ensure Horizon’s role is understood and supported;
  • Develops a strategy to position Horizon for future success within the evolving provincial health delivery system;
  • Champions system integration and linkages with the community and other health care partners (locally and provincially), with a view to improving the health status of the populations served by Horizon;
  • Ensures that Horizon establishes and maintains a strong presence in the community served, through regular and open communication and enthusiastic participation in community events.