Susan Martin Joins the Erie St. Clair LHIN Board
Susan Martin, a resident of Chatham-Kent, has been appointed as the newest member of the Erie St. Clair (ESC) LHIN Board of Directors. The official Order-in-Council issued by the Public Appointments Secretariat of the Province of Ontario took effect on August 31, 2017. Susan attended her first Open Board meeting on September 19, 2017, at the ESC LHIN office located at 180 Riverview Drive, Chatham.
With the addition of Susan, the Erie St. Clair LHIN Board now has a compliment of nine of a potential twelve Board members. The members represent a wide cross-section of rural and urban communities from across Chatham-Kent, Sarnia/Lambton, and Windsor/Essex.
Susan Martin is a veteran health care professional with over 35 years of leadership experience supporting and leading in the field of health information management. Throughout her career, she has been recognized as an expert in developing team-based solutions to assess and respond to the changing health care management needs of care providers and patients/clients. Susan is a certified Health Information Management Professional and holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. Throughout her career, she has held leadership positions in hospitals in Windsor, Chatham, Kitchener-Waterloo, Leamington and Sarnia, retiring as Chief Information Officer at Bluewater Health in 2005. A strong proponent of the vital role that digital health plays in the provision of safe, timely and high-quality care, Susan has been involved in many local and regional initiatives to advance the development of the electronic health record across the continuum of care. She has also been involved in related regional committees with a focus on privacy and confidentiality, data integrity, decision support, and utilization management.
Susan’s most important role is that of mother of two grown sons and “Grandma Sue” to a very busy grandson. She brings with her great understanding of being a personal caregiver to cherished family members throughout chronic and terminal illnesses. She is active in her church and in her IODE chapter.
The Erie St. Clair LHIN has a total population of approximately 636,020 people. It’s one of 14 LHINs across Ontario mandated to plan, integrate, and fund local health services including hospitals, home and community care, community health centres, long-term care homes, mental health and addiction programs, and community support services agencies. The Erie St. Clair LHIN and its Board of Directors are responsible for approximately 1.1 billion dollars of health care services delivered in Chatham-Kent, Sarnia/Lambton, and Windsor/Essex.
“As health care immerses itself in the digital world, concerns regarding privacy continue to challenge progress. There is no question that both privacy and digital efficiencies must prevail side by side. We are very fortunate that our newest Board Member, Susan Martin, brings years of experience in both these realms. In addition to her MBA and years of experience in managing health care information, her experience in the world of decision support will help us bridge the gap between data and patients.”
- Martin Girash, Board Chair, Erie St. Clair LHIN
“It is a privilege to join the ESC LHIN Board of Directors, and I look forward to working with other Board members to help set a path that will enable citizens within Erie St. Clair to have access to quality care at the right time, in the right place, and delivered in the right way. Having worked in hospitals and with care providers and agencies throughout the ESC LHIN area, and other areas in Ontario, I will draw upon my experiences and knowledge to make a meaningful contribution to future strategic planning.”
- Susan Martin, Board Director, Erie St. Clair LHIN