Kemptville District Hospital Administrative Residency Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

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Julia Koulik was awarded the Michel Lalonde Master of Health Administration Scholarship from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management in recognition of her energy and passion for health care and leadership

Pictured, left to right: Colin Goodfellow, KDH CEO, Catherine Van Vliet, KDH Director, Patient Services & Integration, Julia Koulik, Denise Lalonde, Paul Lalonde

It’s very affirming for our small hospital when the best of the best choose to work here.
–Colin Goodfellow, CEO

On December 7 2012, Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Administration Residency Student Julia Koulik was awarded the prestigious Michel Lalonde Master of Health Administration (MHA) Scholarship from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

Koulik is a student in the Telfer MHA program, currently completing the Residency component of the curriculum at KDH.

The Scholarship, which honours former Telfer School Executive-in-Residence and alumnus Michel Lalonde, is awarded annually to a student in the MHA program who exhibits exceptional leadership qualities, manifested through academic excellence and engagement in extracurricular activities.

According to Brian Malcolmson, Director of the Telfer MHA program, the deciding factor in choosing Koulik was “what Lalonde admired and demonstrated himself: a true energy and passion about health care and leadership”.

The Award was presented to Koulik by Lalonde’s widow, Denise, who congratulated Koulik on her “potential for a wonderful career in health care management.”

“I am so honoured and humbled to be chosen for the Michel Lalonde Scholarship,” said Koulik. In accepting the award she challenged everybody in the room to “get crazy – in the Steve Jobs way of thinking that you can change the world!”

The Scholarship was awarded at a reception at the Telfer School at the end of a day of presentations by this year’s graduates in the MHA program.

KDH CEO Colin Goodfellow was on hand to watch the presentations, and was delighted to see his hospital’s Residency student singled out to win an award for health care leadership. “It’s very affirming for our small hospital,” he said, “when the best of the best choose to work here.”

Catherine Van Vliet, KDH’s Director of Patient Services & Integration, spoke about Koulik’s contribution to KDH during her Residency. “Julia has demonstrated excellent leadership qualities during her time at KDH, taking a leading role in the development of a program to bridge the gaps in diabetes care and improve population health.”

About Kemptville District Hospital
Kemptville District Hospital is a fully accredited healthcare facility committed to building healthier communities. We are distinct within the provincial health system as a model of hospital-led integrated health services. We operate on two sites and provide primary care management services, acute care hospital services, advanced orthopaedic care and pride ourselves on being a good partner within the system. Kemptville Hospital consistently ranks among the top hospitals in Ontario for both patient and employee satisfaction.

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