KDH names Brittany Rivard as its new CFO and VP Operations


by Jenny Read

Brittany Rivard, the new CFO and VP Operations at KDH

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Brittany Rivard, CPA, CA as its new Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations, effective February 16, 2022. 

Brittany Rivard is an accomplished operations leader who brings to KDH 12 years of progressive experience in a number of industries, with a focus on healthcare and accounting. Her areas of expertise include process streamlining, continuous quality improvement, data and business analysis, organizational strategy, and regulatory compliance. 

Brittany comes to KDH from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, where she served as Associate Director, Clinical Operations. In this role, she was responsible for the leadership and management of dental clinics, with oversight of more than 90 staff.   

Previously, she served at the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto in a number of roles, concluding her time there as Director, Clinical Funding Strategy. Her multiple responsibilities in this capacity included operating as an information and decision-making hub in support of the clinical team, working with the strategy team to position the hospital for future success under the Ontario Health Team model, developing meaningful financial and clinical metrics to optimize clinical funding and reduce the financial impact of budget concerns on patient care, and acting as subject matter expert on hospital funding formulas.

In a prior role, Ms. Rivard worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their audit practice, where she excelled at the technical elements of the audit process and found passion in strategic business initiatives and mentoring others.  

Brittany earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, after beginning her undergraduate degree in Honours Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. She holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) designation. 

“We are delighted to welcome Brittany to KDH following a comprehensive search to fill this vital role,” said the hospital’s CEO, Frank J. Vassallo. “Brittany is an experienced healthcare and accounting professional, with a proven leadership style that is grounded in the financial realities of the healthcare industry. We are very confident in her ability to help meet the challenges in KDH’s future as an integral member of our senior leadership team,” he added. 

“I am excited to join KDH’s executive team and contribute to the incredible mission of this hospital,” said Brittany. “I have already felt welcomed and connected to the strong community that exists in Kemptville, and look forward to what we can achieve together. I believe that funding, operations, and administration should build a strong foundation for the wonderful clinical care we provide to this community, and I hope to continue building on the excellent work of Marcus Hewitt.” 

Brittany succeeds Marcus, the outgoing CFO and VP Operations, who came to KDH in May of 2020 from the Municipality of North Grenville. CEO Vassallo expressed his gratitude to Marcus for his dedicated service throughout his time at KDH, particularly commending him for his inspirational leadership in response to the cyberattack that the hospital suffered in the fall of 2021.


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