Ken Deane has arrived back in Windsor and has begun work as a government-appointed supervisor of Hôtel Dieu Hospital.
The former CEO of Hôtel Dieu from 2002-2004, Deane made a number of unpopular cuts to eliminate a $15 million deficit at the hospital.
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Working as a Deputy Minister for Health System Accountability and Performance since 2008, Deane was among the list of high-flying Ontario civil servants who had their salaries channelled through public hospitals to skirt civil service pay guidelines. In Deane’s case, his salary of $505,537 for 2009 was paid from London Health Sciences Centre, where he had previously served as CEO. The salary guidelines for deputy ministers are $220,150.
Deane effectively takes over the power of the board of directs and executive of the hospital. CEO Warren Chant will now report to him.
When the province takes over a public hospital, it opens the door to the Ontario Ombudsman to investigate – powers the Ombudsman has been seeking for all hospitals. Ontario is the only province where the Ombudsman does not have jurisdiction on public hospitals.
Andre Marin wasted no time in getting out a press release January 5th stating he now had the jurisdiction to investigate the Hôtel Dieu. The Ombudsman’s office says it received 220 complaints about hospitals in 2009-2010.
Windsor’s Hôtel Dieu Hospital has been repeatedly in the spotlight over the past five years, from the murder of nurse Lori Dupont to mistaken mastectomies and questionable pathology reports. Deane will be responsible for implementing recommendations from the investigators report into the pathology and surgical errors, including what has been described as the “toxic dysfunctional relationships between the hospital’s administration, board, and physicians.”
Canadian Business News reports that “many are already clamouring over the appointment, questioning how the former CEO is capable of fixing problems that manifested under his watch originally.”
Deane is expected to take a year to do his work at the hospital.