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Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

Robert Biron

Robert Biron

NORTHUMBERLAND - 

The news was broken at last week's hospital board meeting: Robert Biron, who has been president and chief executive officer at Northumberland Hills Hospital for more than four years, is resigning to take the same position at The Scarborough Hospital, effective May 8.

Board chair Doug Mann brought it up under new business, saying a man in a dark pin-striped suit had brought him a letter that morning. He read the letter of resignation, and only at the end stated that it was from Robert H. Biron.

"Needless to say, it left me somewhat gasping for breath," Mann stated.

Biron succeeded Joan Ross in November 2008 at a challenging time, when the province was instituting Local Health Integration Networks and demanding Hospital Accountability Agreements (HAA) that required a balanced budget and forced tough decisions about service levels.

Biron informed senior management of his plans prior to the board meeting, and a press release to that effect was released just afterwards.

In his letter to Mann, Biron pledged to offer the board any assistance required to commence the recruitment of his successor, and to work closely with the board to ensure a smooth transition.

"My time in Northumberland with Northumberland Hills Hospital has been fulfilling and rewarding," the letter stated.

"I am confident Northumberland Hills Hospital is well-positioned for future success and it will remain an exceptional hospital."

Mann led a round of applause at the board meeting to congratulate Biron.

"In my time in the community, I have seen other worthy individuals get promotions and, while it's always sad from a personal point of view, it's also a joyous occasion because you like to see a talented person move up and take other challenges. Our loss will be Scarborough's gain," Mann said.

Addressing the task at hand, he said, "I think we all need to take a step back and let the shock settle in and give it some thought for a few days — and I mean a very few days. My intent is to get an appropriate process in place and get it started fairly quickly."

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