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Marilyn Emery, MScN’74, President and CEO of Women’s College Hospital, is revolutionizing health care. Her career-long record of leadership and innovation has made her one of Ontario’s most effective hospital administrators, garnering her national recognition. And her model for patient-centred care took shape at Western.


For more than two decades, Marilyn Emery has produced outstanding results for some of Ontario’s leading health-care organizations.

Since 2007, Marilyn has been guiding Women’s College Hospital through some of the most innovative and exciting changes in its 100-year history: its evolution into Canada’s pre-eminent academic ambulatory hospital dedicated to women’s health. That means delivering a revolutionary model of care designed to keep people out of hospital. This bold vision includes not only creating a new state-of-the-art hospital through a $425-million redevelopment project, but also recreating the hospital’s public identity through a pioneering rebranding campaign.

Marilyn has been honoured three times as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 – in the inaugural year of the award in 2003, and again in 2010 and 2015.

As CEO of the Central East Local Health Integration Network, Marilyn led the planning, co-ordination and integration of health-care services reaching 1.4 million people. At St. Joseph’s Health Centre, she not only transformed the hospital’s financial and business performance, but also transformed the patient experience, attaining the greatest improvement in patient satisfaction ever achieved by an Ontario hospital. As president and CEO of Markham Stouffville Hospital, Marilyn oversaw the construction of a new 220-bed community hospital – on time and under budget.

Marilyn’s leadership, courage and pioneering spirit have made her a popular and inspirational guest speaker and lecturer. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Western University.

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