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Southlake president and CEO Arden Krystal retiring

Retirement to come in early 2024, board of directors say national search for a replacement to commence immediately
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Southlake Regional Health Centre president and CEO Arden Krystal. Kim Champion/NewmarketToday

Southlake Regional Health Centre president and CEO Arden Krystal is retiring and will depart the position in early 2024.

Krystal has served in the role since 2017.

“On behalf of the board, we would like to share our sincere thanks and appreciation to Arden for her stellar leadership,” board of directors chair Marilee Harris and past chair Patrick Horgan said in a news release. “Arden’s focus on attracting the resources we need to be successful has led to the addition of 117 more beds (a 28 per cent increase), a $156-million increase in our annual funding (40 per cent increase), and, most importantly, 21 per cent more dedicated staff (nearly 700 additional people)."

The board will commence a “comprehensive national search” for the next president and CEO of Southlake.

The next president will “build on Arden’s legacy and lead Southlake in the next phase of our journey,” the news release said. 

Harris and Horgan said Krystal has helped progress numerous important initiatives, including hospital development, clinical recovery “and our focus on people."

“We could go on as there are many more accomplishments under Arden’s leadership,” they said. “But we will save those for a later date as she still has many more months at the helm.”