Farewell to long-serving CFO and welcome to KDH

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Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is bidding farewell to its long-serving Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and VP of Operations, Andrew Pinhey, who has announced his retirement after 29 years at the eastern Ontario hospital.

Starting as an Accounting Payroll Officer in 1991, Andy was promoted to Manager of Finance in 1996 and Director of Finance in 2000, before ultimately assuming the role of CFO and VP of Operations in early 2016.

KDH’s CEO Frank Vassallo thanked Pinhey for his unwavering dedication to KDH and commended him for ably overseeing the financial operations of the hospital during almost three decades of growth and change. “Over the course of Andy’s tenure,” he said, “KDH evolved from a typical small rural hospital into an integrated health service organization serving the local needs of North Grenville and South Ottawa, while making a contribution to regional health initiatives. During this time the annual budget grew from $6 million to $24 Million, and Andy navigated all the changes exceptionally well.”

“Andy’s retirement marks the end of an era,” Frank added, noting that Andy was born at KDH, and shared his commitment to the hospital with his father, Harold, who served 12 years on the Board of Directors prior to Andy’s arrival, as well as his mother, Avalon, who has been an active member of the Auxiliary for more than 30 years, and also helped establish the KDH Foundation. “Everyone at KDH wishes Andy all the best in the next chapter of his life,” concluded Frank.

Succeeding Andy Pinhey as CFO and VP of Operations will be Marcus Hewitt, who completed the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) program with a specialization in performance management and finance. Marcus comes to KDH from the Municipality of North Grenville, where he was the Director of Finance. In that role he managed all treasury functions, oversaw long-term financial planning, and led a team of eight professionals. Previously, he served as Senior Analyst, Financial Planning and Analysis, at Brookfield Renewable.

Marcus has a Bachelor of Social Sciences-Economics degree from the University of Ottawa; his licenses and certifications include Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and the Canadian Securities Course from the Canadian Securities Institute.

“We are delighted to welcome Marcus to KDH after an extensive search process,” said CEO Vassallo. “He brings substantive financial skills and experience, strategic thinking ability, and a demonstrated aptitude in creating stakeholder relationships to our organization.”

Marcus is excited about the opportunity to usher in a new era. “The evolution of KDH and everything it has accomplished around patient-centric care and building healthier communities is very impressive,” he said. “I am honoured to be joining the network of board members, staff, physicians, volunteers, and community partners who work together to make this hospital exemplary!”

He will take up his duties at KDH in May as the hospital continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Frank Vassallo commented on the timing of the transition: “As we manage through these challenging times, it’s important to maintain clinical and operational continuance, so we will go ahead and manage this transition in our financial leadership in the most thoughtful and respectful way possible.

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