Zoutman resigns QHC post

NEW OPPORTUNITY- Qunite Health Care President and CEO Mary Clare Egberts listens as Chief of Staff Dr. Dick Zoutman speaks at a 2015 press conference. Zoutman has told QHC he is resigning his post in April to take a similar position in Scarborough, ON. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

Quinte Healthcare Corporation (QHC) chief of staff Dr. Dick Zoutman will be leaving the hospital organization in late April, the hospital organization’s acting board chair Stuart Wright announced Monday.

Dr. Zoutman has taken a position with the newly amalgamated Scarborough Rouge Hospital as that organization’s inaugural chief of staff.

While we are very pleased that Dr. Zoutman has been provided this exciting new opportunity, he will certainly be missed at Quinte Healthcare,” said Wright. “During his six-year tenure as chief of staff, Dr. Zoutman has been a tremendous leader to the medical staff and entire organization. He put in place new processes and structures to better support patient care and physicians, led the implementation of a new medical leadership structure and ensured the recruitment of dozens of physicians to the organization. Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Zoutman was instrumental in bringing a renewed energy towards continuous quality improvement and our grassroots transformation that will benefit patients, staff and physicians for years to come.”  

In addition to being the chief of staff,  Zoutman has also continued to provide care for hospital patients in his specialty of medical microbiologyand infectious diseases.

 “We wish Dr. Zoutman all the best in his new position,” said Wright.

 In a QHC new release, Zoutman said the dedication to the caring for others that occurs every day at QHC has served as a profound source of inspiration.

That caring obviously is first and foremost for our patients and their families, but also for each other as part of a tremendously dedicated team of health care professionals. I will bring to my new role all that I have learned and gained from my wonderful experiences at QHC,” Zoutman said.

 The QHC board will begin the search process for a new chief of staff in the coming weeks.