Gallery of Distinction: HHS COO honoured

Gallery of Distinction: HHS COO honoured

Hamilton Health Sciences is proud to announce that Brenda Flaherty, Executive Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Operating Officer, has been inducted into Hamilton’s Gallery of Distinction.

“HHS is privileged to have such a well-respected and influential leader as part of our organization.”

The Hamilton Gallery of Distinction has been recognizing outstanding citizens in Hamilton since 1984. On November 15 Brenda was inducted with six other citizens, joining the ranks of more than 200 esteemed individuals recognized for making significant contributions to strengthening the city.

“HHS is privileged to have such a well-respected and influential leader as part of our organization,” says Rob MacIsaac, President and CEO. “We are thrilled to see her accomplishments and contributions recognized in the broader community.”


Brenda Flaherty began her career at HHS more than 30 years ago as an emergency department nurse. She has served in many capacities include Associate Director of Nursing, Vice-President Patient Services and Site Administrator for both Henderson General Hospital and Hamilton General Hospital. She was instrumental in creating and overseeing HHS’ Management Services Agreements with five community hospitals and in developing and implementing the Access to Better Care plan which saw the McMaster Children’s Hospital gain its own dedicated Emergency Department, and changed the focus of the McMaster site to women’s and children’s care. Currently she is a key leader in bringing transformative change to HHS services through a long-range capital redevelopment process.

A highly regarded visionary and health care authority, Brenda has served on national and provincial expert panels for clinical services, including the Canadian Stroke Strategy Steering Committee. She is co-chair of the Ontario Neurosurgery System Capabilities Working Group and the Ontario Epilepsy Integration Task Force. Brenda has also served as co-chair of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) Resources Committee and in 2012/13 was appointed by the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to act as a supervisor for the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre.




First photograph taken by Cathie Coward of The Hamilton Spectator