Suzanne Bone to retire after three decades leading The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital
September 27, 2021 – The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital Board of Directors announce that Suzanne Bone, CEO, has decided to retire effective March 31, 2022.
Suzanne’s leaving will mark the end of an era for The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital. She came to Guelph General Hospital in 1991 for a six-month placement, the final requirement of her Masters in Health Administration. The fundraising role became vacant during that time, and Suzanne was offered the opportunity to stay. She never imagined she would still be at the Foundation three decades later.
During her time with the Foundation, Suzanne worked with dedicated staff, volunteers and donors to raise more than $86 million to help Guelph General Hospital provide the highest quality care and experience to our community. Suzanne has led five capital campaigns, from the 1995 “Scanning for Guelph Wellington” $3 million campaign which funded the area’s first CT scanner, to the current $34 million “Together, We Care” campaign which will make possible the expansion of GGH’s Emergency Department, mental health services, and Special Care Nursery, along with investments in new patient care equipment and technology.
In her resignation letter, Suzanne wrote, “I am humbly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many dedicated staff, volunteers and donors to help save lives and improve health. It really is an honour to support the staff and physicians at GGH by ensuring our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology.”
The Foundation is a strong and stable organization with a dedicated staff and volunteer team, committed donors and a strong cause for which to raise funds. With the expected successful completion of Together, We Care this year, Suzanne’s retirement presents an opportunity for the Foundation to position itself for the next stage of its ongoing success.
Board Chair Alicia Robertson noted “The board is so grateful for Suzanne’s leadership over these past three decades. She is an exceptional leader with a track record for delivering on results year over year – results that help the amazing hospital team to provide the highest quality care and experience. Her dedication to our Hospital and our community will be a treasured legacy with a continued impact.”
The board will strike a Search Committee and more information will be shared as it becomes available. In the meantime, it will be business as usual along with work to prepare the Foundation for Suzanne’s successor.
Plans to honour Suzanne for her contributions will be shared closer to her retirement date.