Following an extensive search, Lauren Ettin has been appointed Executive Director of Kids Health Alliance (KHA), effective as of December 4, 2017. Announced earlier this year, Kids Health Alliance is a partnership created by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (CHEO – OCTC). The partnership aims to improve access to more coordinated, consistent, high-quality care for children, youth and their families.
Ettin’s career has spanned the public, private and not-for-profit sectors with a focus on improving the health-care system for all Ontarians. Ettin comes to KHA from the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO), where she was the Director of Policy and Member Relations for the past four years. While at CAHO, she worked with senior executives across the 24 member academic hospitals in the development of policy to inform advocacy, and provided oversight in the implementation of operational initiatives such as ARTIC (Adopting Research to Improve Care). Ettin also built strong relationships with federal and provincial partners to achieve CAHO’s mission. Prior to joining CAHO, Ettin was the principal of her own consulting firm and a Manager with PwC’s public sector and health-care consulting practice. She has also held numerous senior positions within the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Cabinet Office of the Government of Ontario, where she was responsible for leading large cross-functional teams in strategic and operational planning for key policy initiatives.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lauren to the position of Executive Director at a crucial time in KHA’s evolution,” says Dr. Michael Apkon, Executive Chair of Kids Health Alliance and President and CEO of SickKids. “Lauren’s experience implementing far-reaching strategic projects within the health-care sector will be invaluable as KHA continues to grow and create greater health outcomes for increasing numbers of families throughout Ontario.”
Ettin has a BA in Biology, a HBSc in Life Sciences, and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University. She is active in her local community as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors at Elizabeth Fry Toronto and as volunteer with Out of the Cold for the past 10 years.