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Two GBGH team members receive Hartog Health Innovation Award

Four women and two men pose outside. Dr. Golisky and Erin Kominek both old us certificate for the Hartog Award.

At the Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Foundation Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 25, the annual Robbert Hartog Health Innovation Award was presented to two deserving individuals from Georgian Bay General Hospital. Dr. Jeff Golisky and Erin Kominek were recognized for their outstanding achievements that demonstrate the values of Robbert Hartog, who worked tirelessly on behalf of Georgian Bay General Hospital and the Foundation.

Established by the GBGH Foundation in 2009, the $5,000 award is shared between the winners toward furthering their professional learning and development.

“There are many exceptional people at Georgian Bay General Hospital, and this year’s recipients are absolutely deserving of this recognition,” says Nicole Kraftscik, CEO, GBGH Foundation. “These individuals are innovative, service-focused and have contributed to transformational projects for GBGH. I am honoured to present the award this year to Jeff and Erin.”

Dr. Jeff Golisky, family physician and deputy chief of staff at GBGH, is recognized for his leadership on various committees at GBGH, including taking ownership of the Professional Staff Recruitment portfolio. Externally, he holds the rank of Assistant Professor with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and Assistant Professor, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, Director of Physician Assistant Program and Director of Integrated Communities Residency Program at the University of Toronto (UofT).

“Dr. Golisky has embodied the vision of a comprehensive family physician in this community for more than 15 years,” says Dr. Vikram Ralhan, chief of staff, GBGH, who nominated Dr. Golisky for the award. “He supports GBGH through his inpatient practice of more than 1,000 patients, while also taking on progressive leadership roles inside and outside of the organization, including enhancing GBGH’s positive profile locally and provincially.”

Erin Kominek, Manager of Cardiorespiratory, Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory at GBGH, is recognized as an exceptional leader who contributes to the success of the organization from both a clinical and people perspective.

“GBGH is a better place because Erin is on the team,” shares Karen Redpath, director of clinical services at GBGH. “She is an enthusiastic champion for enhancing programs and upholding the highest quality standards. From a people perspective, Erin is extremely active, and successful, in her recruitment and retention efforts. She focuses on personalized engagement, and has become a formal mentor for two new leaders this year.”

The GBGH Foundation Board of Directors and staff extend their sincere congratulations and heartfelt thanks to this year’s recipients.


From left: Dr. Vikram Ralhan, Chief of Staff, GBGH; Katie Houston, Chair, GBGH Foundation Board of Directors; Dr. Jeff Golisky, 2023 Hartog Health Innovation Award recipient; Erin Kominek, 2023 Hartog Health Innovation Award recipient; Angela Wiggins, Vice President, People & Culture and Chief Human Resources Officer, GBGH; Karen Redpath, Director of Clinical Services, GBGH.

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