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Montfort renews its patient care management team

Ottawa, December 7, 2023 – Montfort, Ontario’s Francophone academic hospital, announces the appointment of three experienced executives to its senior management team.

Valérie Dubois-Desroches, Senior Vice-President, Patient Care, is now responsible for all clinical services at Montfort. Two Associate Vice-President positions have also been added to the team. Josette Roussel has been appointed Associate Vice-President, Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive, and Carolyn Crowley has been appointed Associate Vice-President, Patient Care and Social Accountability.

“With these recent appointments, the senior management team is now complete, and what an incredible team we have as we prepare to launch our 2024-2028 strategic planning process,” says Dominic Giroux, President and CEO of Montfort.

« Valérie, Josette and Carolyn have a wealth of experience, and will fully assume the responsibilities of these new roles, which position us wisely for the future. » 

“At Montfort, we’re proud to promote in-house talent,” adds Giroux. “It’s also important for us to have an Associate Vice-President dedicated to social accountability, given the significant and growing needs of the vulnerable populations we serve.”

These appointments do not entail any increase in administrative expenses, as the number of clinical directors was reduced. Montfort’s executive team is now composed of:

  • Dominic Giroux, President and CEO;
  • Dr. Thierry Daboval, Chief of Staff;
  • Valérie Dubois-Desroches, Senior Vice-President, Patient Care;
  • Guy Couture, Senior Vice-President, Finance and Administration;
  • Caroline Roy-Egner, Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Transformation and Human Capital;
  • Estelle Éthier, Chief Executive Officer, Institut du Savoir Montfort and Vice-President, Teaching and Research;
  • Geneviève Picard, Vice-President, Communications and Francophone Affairs;
  • Josette Roussel, Associate Vice-President, Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive;
  • Carolyn Crowley, Associate Vice President, Patient Care and Social Accountability;
  • Marc Villeneuve, President and CEO, Montfort Foundation.

Mme Valérie Dubois-DesrochesAbout Valérie Dubois-Desroches, Senior Vice-President, Patient Care

With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field, Ms. Dubois Desroches has been Clinical Manager at Montfort since 2010. She was responsible for therapeutic and ambulatory services, medical imaging and the emergency department, among others. In 2020, she assumed the role of Clinical Director, with responsibility for medicine programs and therapeutic services, and subsequently for critical care and patient flow. Since last spring, she has been Vice-President, Clinical Programs and Patient Flow.

In recent years, Ms. Dubois Desroches has contributed to the success of major initiatives at Montfort, including the redesign of our model of care and the integration of paramedics into the Emergency Department team.

Ms. Dubois-Desroches completed a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa, a certificate in administration from the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), a short graduate program in health and social services management, and a master’s degree in public administration from the École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP).

Mme Josette RousselAbout Josette Roussel, Associate Vice-President, Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive

Josette Roussel has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare field, including 15 in management positions. She began her career as a nurse at Montfort, and was Director of Diagnostic Services and Pharmacy at the hospital for the past three years. From 2008 to 2020, she was a consultant, program director and member of senior management at the Canadian Nurses Association.

Originally from New Brunswick, Ms. Roussel completed a Bachelor of Nursing at the Université de Moncton, a Master of Education at the University of Ottawa, a Master of Nursing at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, a Health Leadership Advancement Certificate at Royal Roads University, and obtained certification in gerontology from the Canadian Nurses Association.

Ms. Roussel was recognized for her many contributions and impacts on the nursing profession, both in Canada and internationally, by being named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing. She is currently Vice-President of the International Council of Nurses’ Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses Network.

Mme Carolyn CrowleyAbout Carolyn Crowley, Associate Vice President, Patient Care and Social Accountability

Carolyn Crowley has nearly 25 years of experience in healthcare, including 11 years at Montfort in various management positions. She was Director of Perioperative Services, the Ambulatory Intervention Unit and the 5C Unit at Montfort, after a few months as Director of Ambulatory Clinics, the Aline-Chrétien Health Hub, the Family Birthing Centre, Patient Flow and Staffing, and COVID-19 clinics.

Before joining Montfort in 2012 as manager of the Family Birthing Centre, she worked for 13 years as a registered nurse at The Ottawa Hospital, first in the hemodialysis unit, then in the delivery room and obstetrical operating room.

Originally from North Bay, Ms. Crowley completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Ottawa and a Master of Science in Nursing at Athabasca University. She has taught at the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. She has served on a dozen committees at Montfort, in the region and across the province, including as co-chair of the hospital’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee and co-chair of Baby Friendly Initiative Ontario. She has published on postpartum maternity care and postnatal care at home.

About Montfort

Montfort is Ontario’s Francophone academic hospital, offering exemplary person-centred care. The hospital serves over 1.2 million people in Eastern Ontario, in both official languages. In 2022, Montfort earned, for the third time, Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada, and is the first to be designated Francophone host as a Best Practices Spotlight Organization (BPSO) by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.

With its main partners, University of Ottawa and Collège La Cité, as well as other post-secondary programs, Montfort is preparing the next generation of Francophone healthcare professionals. Since 2015, it has ranked among Canada’s top 40 research hospitals through the activities of the Institut du Savoir Montfort, its knowledge institute. Montfort is aiming to become “your hospital of reference for outstanding services, designed with your and for you.” In 2019, it was named one of the world’s top 1000 hospitals.

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