Posted: September 15, 2023

Grand River and St. Mary’s General Hospitals are excited to welcome Cliff Harvey as the new Joint VP Redevelopment, leading the Building the Future of Care Together initiative. This new role is an important investment and milestone for the community toward the hospitals’ shared vision for a new hospital in Waterloo Region, and revitalization of existing infrastructure.

Cliff brings extensive experience and success in leading communities through new hospital developments, honed through his many years of work across the provincial government and other health systems. He has served as a Senior Architect in the Ontario Government, a hospital Vice President, and a practicing architect. Through these experiences, Cliff brings depth in community engagement, health systems design, infrastructure standards and knowledge of how to advance through the key planning and approval stages of hospital redevelopment.

“We are very excited to welcome Cliff to this project,” says Mark Fam, President of St. Mary’s General Hospital. “He brings an expertise that will significantly advance our shared hospital redevelopment efforts, and skills well-deserved by our community. Cliff’s human-focused approach to projects seeks active engagement from all stakeholders, and his keen understanding of current and emerging government priorities for hospital redevelopment will help set this project up for success.”

“Our communities need to continue to have a voice in this process, and to feel a sense of pride and ownership over the final project,” adds Ron Gagnon, President & CEO, Grand River Hospital. “Cliff’s approach to project management will ensure this happens as we strive to deliver world-class health care for all, right here in our communities.”
The Building the Future of Care Together project was conceived of to address the system-wide healthcare realities and challenges. Committed to addressing both current and emerging health needs, the plan involves the revitalization of existing hospital spaces, as well as the development of a new, joint hospital building. It is currently in the site selection phase.

Media Contacts:
Dayna Giorgio | Manager, Communications, St. Mary’s General Hospital

Victoria Ott | VP Strategy & Brand, Grand River Hospital Foundation | Director, Marketing & Communications, Grand River Hospital

About Building The Future of Care Together

Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital have been partners for over 20 years sharing services such as labs, a health information system, pharmacy, a 690-person medical staff, and leadership in KW4 OHT.

Between our two organizations, we offer a regional cardiac centre, a regional cancer centre, a stroke centre, a chest program, a renal program, and specialized ophthalmology. We accommodate 335,000 patient visits, 101,110 emergency department visits, 31,570 surgical procedures, and 4,130 births. Together, we provide 82% of patient care services in Waterloo Region.
We are supported by our foundation partners – the Grand River Hospital Foundation and St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation – in Building the Future of Care Together.
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