After more than 25 years at Woodstock Hospital, 22 of those years serving as President & CEO, Natasa Veljovic is preparing for retirement. There were many significant achievements throughout her tenure that will have lasting historical impact on Woodstock and Oxford County.

Soon after she was appointed CEO in 1996, Natasa brought the vision of a new hospital to the Board of Trust. She worked strategically with the Board and multiple levels of government through an eleven-year journey of building and successfully transitioning into a new P3 hospital on a greenfield site, that was on time and on budget for a total cost of $685-million.

During construction, an emphasis was placed on embedding environmental and energy efficiencies into the building plan. Following construction, the hospital applied for and achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at the silver level through the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council).

With the incredible new 3-storey, 350,000 square-foot building, Natasa also wanted to modernize the equipment. Under her leadership, Woodstock Hospital attained a CT scanner in 2003, the first hospital of its size in the province to acquire this level of technology. The hospital also attained Nuclear Medicine, a Bone Mineral Density Scanner and MRI Suite, and expanded services including a Dialysis Unit and Chemotherapy/Infusion Clinic in 2012.

“I wanted this transformation to bring us into a new digital age. Our medical and clinical staff deserved a hospital in which they could have the latest technologically advanced digital equipment to leverage their skillsets and provide the best possible healthcare services for our community,” explained Natasa.

During her tenure, Woodstock Hospital also attained Exemplary Standing for four years from Accreditation Canada, with a compliance score of 99.5%. Achieving Accreditation is a very rigorous process that requires continual evaluation of processes around patient care, safety, governance, leadership and communications.

While Natasa’s career is largely comprised of successes surrounding growth, improvements and transformative change, one thing that has remained constant is her commitment to Service Excellence. She has instilled in staff the belief that the core values of Caring & Compassion, Communication, Commitment & Competence and Confidentiality should be at the root of every interaction that takes place within the hospital’s walls. That in itself, is a great legacy to leave behind.

“Woodstock Hospital physicians, staff and volunteers have a lot to be proud of. I feel fortunate to have been the President & CEO working alongside staff who share in my belief that compassionate patient care should be at the core of everything we do. It’s gratifying to know that they will continue to deliver high quality patient care in years to come,” reflected Natasa.

Natasa officially retires in December. Upon retirement, Natasa looks forward to spending time with her husband Randy, three grown children and two young grandchildren. It has been previously announced that Chief Operating Officer Perry Lang is Woodstock Hospital’s incoming President & CEO as of January 1st 2019.