Leadership team

St. Joseph's Health Care Society

St. Joseph's Health Care London is owned by the St. Joseph's Health Care Society of the Roman Catholic Diocese of London, and governed by a volunteer board of directors representing the community. Our services are publicly funded.

The St. Joseph's Health Care Society was formed in 1993 when the Sisters of St. Joseph made the decision to cease being directly involved in the administration of the hospitals they founded in Sarnia and Chatham as well as London.

The Society ensures that the tradition of caring and compassion, as exemplified by the Sisters of St. Joseph, continues. As our owner, the Society approves the appointment of Board members and the President and CEO. The Society also approves the organization's auditors and annual audited financial statements, as well as any By-Law changes.

We have a collaborative working relationship with the St. Joseph's Health Care Society Board and are pleased to report to them on our progress annually and to work together on projects related to our spiritual care mission.

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President and CEO

Roy Butler

Roy was appointed President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care London in August 2021. A leader at St. Joseph’s for more than 20 years and a member of St. Joseph's Senior Leadership Team since 2009, Roy has provided executive leadership to numerous portfolios. 

Roy Butler, President and CEO

Prior to being appointed President and CEO, Roy was Vice President, Patient Care and Risk Management (2014-2021). In this role, Roy provided executive leadership to the clinical operations at Parkwood Institute Main Building and Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, as well as Corporate Risk Management, Privacy and Patient Relations. Roy played a critical role in the establishment of the Gray Centre for Mobility and Activity at Parkwood Institute and the opening of a new Palliative Care unit. In addition, he has championed significant improvements in staff engagement and quality outcomes across the organization. He was the executive sponsor for the Accreditation Canada survey when St. Joseph’s achieved its first two of now three consecutive awards of Accreditation with Exemplary Standing.

Roy has also held executive leadership roles accountable for  strategic planning, corporate quality and patient safety, environmental services, food and nutrition services, pharmacy, clinical decision support and health information management. 

During the pandemic, Roy played a critical lead role in St. Joseph’s pandemic response, including the redesign and reintroduction of services with a steadfast focus on the safety of patients, residents, family caregivers, staff and physicians. 

A collaborative and engaging servant leader, Roy is committed to partnering with patients, residents and caregivers and has been instrumental in positioning St. Joseph’s as a leader in this area through his executive leadership of one of four provincial Change Foundation funded initiatives designed to enhance and elevate care partnerships

Roy holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University and a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Western University.  

As a volunteer in support of his local community, Roy coached competitive youth soccer for several years and served in various roles with the United Way. He currently sits on the London Community Recovery Network and is an active member of the Board of Cheshire Independent Living Services.

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