Honouring Innovation – Administrative Suite named to recognize
(HORIZON) August 21, 2014 - The Kent Tingley Administrative Suite at the Saint John Regional Hospital was officially unveiled today to honour the former Chief Executive Officer of the Saint John Regional Hospital.
The late Kent Tingley was instrumental in the planning and construction of the regional hospital and as Executive Director, oversaw its opening in 1982. Former colleagues, friends and family were on hand to remember Mr. Tingley's personal impact on hospital administration and care.
"Today's event honours a lifetime of vision, leadership and excellence in health care," said John McGarry, President and CEO, Horizon Health Network. "His legacy continues to inspire those who knew him, and it is only fitting that Horizon's Board chose to recognize his leadership in the hospital he helped to establish."
Tingley oversaw the design and construction of the Saint John Regional Hospital in the mid-seventies. A plaque bearing his name was revealed at the ceremony and will be displayed in the boardroom and administrative suite.
Tingley's family and friends toured the space following the announcement along with the Minister of Health, and Horizon dignitaries. The newly refurbished board room and administrative suite will serve to memorialize a life of service and innovation, and to inspire future pioneering decisions and policies in health care.
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Carolyn McCormack, APR
BACKGROUND: Biography of Kent Tingley
Kent Tingley was born in Upper Cape, New Brunswick on June 14, 1939. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Allison University, graduated from the College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University and later completed a diploma in Hospital Administration from the University of Toronto.
He began his career in health care as Assistant Administrator, Saint John General Hospital in 1966. In the mid-seventies, Tingley worked on the Saint John Region Joint Planning Committee, which oversaw planning and construction of the new Saint John Regional Hospital. He served as Executive Director of both the Saint John General Hospital and the West Saint John Community Hospital.
Kent Tingley spearheaded the implementation of one of the first medical information systems in Canada. The system provided leadership for physician order entry and data retrieval of Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging results.
Saint John Regional Hospital opened on October, 31, 1982 with Tingley as Executive Director. He was also appointed Executive Director, Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation and was instrumental in overseeing the planning and successful implementation of the New Brunswick Heart Centre in 1991. The Heart Centre program cemented the Saint John Regional Hospital's reputation as a full-fledged tertiary care facility.
Tingley was active with the New Brunswick Hospital Association, Association of Canadian Teaching Hospitals and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
In 1992, he was awarded the commemorative medal of the Confederation of Canada for his accomplishments and community service.
Tingley passed away on December 7, 2013, after a period of failing health, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, surrounded by his family.