SFMH Chief Executive Officer announces retirement

The Current has today received the following media release:

After more than 30 years at the helm, Randy Penney has informed the RVH and SFMH Boards that he will retire as president and CEO of Renfrew Victoria Hospital and CEO of St. Francis Memorial Hospital effective June 2020.

Recognized for his leadership and vision, Penney has guided our hospitals through tremendous change and growth, establishing programs in Nephrology, Oncology, and building integrated health centres on both campuses. He has driven significant integration with both the Ottawa Hospital and the Ottawa Heart Institute.

“Randy has been dedicated to quality care and has provided outstanding leadership since he took on the CEO role at RVH in 1989. He has always ensured that our patients are front and centre, and led our organizations to successfully meet Accreditation Canada standards, a measure of quality and safety,” said Keanan Stone, RVH Board Chair.  “As a surveyor and past Chair of the Surveyor Advisory Committee for Accreditation Canada, Randy has been focused on quality improvement,” Stone noted.

Penney has been honoured throughout his career as a role model and mentor helping others to become successful health leaders.

He has achieved a balanced budget for 29 consecutive years at RVH, and has been at the forefront of building partnerships and fostering integration in order to enhance health care services close to home.

“Randy recognizes the value of working collaboratively, and has been instrumental in developing partnerships to ensure that we have access to the same professional expertise that is provided in large centres,” says Joanne King, Chair, SFMH Board of Directors.

“It has been an absolute pleasure and honour to work alongside the people of Renfrew and Barry’s Bay. There is a real sense of family, and the staff and physicians are committed to providing the best possible care. I’m proud of the entire team including Board, senior management, administrative, clinical and all of our Physicians for the work we’ve done to strengthen our partnerships and ensure quality care close to home. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish during my time here and I believe the hospitals are very well positioned for future success. I feel fortunate that I have been in a position where I have been able to help patients and their families,” stated Penney.

Penney will stay on as a strategic advisor for RVH and the Foundation for six months following his retirement in June 2020 to help ensure a smooth transition and serve as a resource to the Corporation.


In response to the media release The Current’s publisher, Roger Paul, noted that it will be a sad day when Penney’s retirement takes effect. He said, “I had the pleasure and the privilege of working with Randy during my five years as a Director of SFMH. His management skills coupled with his wealth of experience in the healthcare field will be very difficult to replace.”



Coughlin,H. Pappin Communications (2019,Sept.3) RVH/SFMH Boards announce pending CEO retirement [media release]

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