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Two GBGH team members receive Hartog Health Innovation Award

Five people are outside with a garden behind them. Two men are holding clear glass certificates.
From left: Matthew Lawson, president & CEO, GBGH; Chris Lembo-Berry; Nicole Kraftscik, executive director, GBGH Foundation; Dr. David Bayfield; Dr. Vikram Ralhan, chief of staff, GBGH.


Earlier this year, the GBGH Foundation presented the annual Robbert Hartog Health Innovation Award to two deserving individuals from Georgian Bay General Hospital.  Dr. David Bayfield and Chris Lembo-Berry 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, executive director, 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 David and Chris.” 

Dr. David Bayfield, emergency physician and chief medical information officer at GBGH, is recognized for his many years of leadership in the emergency department, as well as for his advocacy and dedication to the implementation of the CARE4 (health information system) Project. 

“Dr. Bayfield had worked tirelessly over the last 4 years as a key stakeholder inside and outside the organization, in implementing arguably one of the biggest operational changes that could take place in a hospital environment,” says Dr. Vikram Ralhan, chief of staff, GBGH. “He embodies the vision of this award and he is most deserving of recognition for his work on the CARE4 project, but also for his many years of leadership within the hospital and community.” 

Chris Lembo-Berry, Service Desk Analyst at GBGH, is recognized for his commitment and dedication to supporting the hospital team, and playing a key role in the transition to a joint Information Services model with partner hospital RVH.  

“Chris is an integral part of the day-to-day operations of the GBGH team,” says Matthew Lawson, president & CEO, GBGH. “No matter what the task is, he helps out cheerfully and always follows up to ensure it’s been completed. He is collaborative, responsive and is always going the extra mile.” 

The GBGH Foundation Board of Directors, staff and members of the Hartog-Robillard Advisory committee extend their sincere congratulations and heartfelt thanks to this year’s recipients.  

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