Dr. Lynn Mikula named next president and CEO of Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Currently executive vice president, chief of staff, and more, Dr. Mikula takes over for retiring Dr. Peter McLaughlin on March 31, 2023

Dr. Lynn Mikula first joined Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) in 2011 as a staff general surgeon, and was appointed chief of surgery in 2015. She went on to become the hospital's executive vice president, chief of staff, chief medical executive, and chief medical information officer. Effective March 31, 2023, she will be PRHC's new president and CEO. (Photo courtesy of PRHC)
Dr. Lynn Mikula first joined Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) in 2011 as a staff general surgeon, and was appointed chief of surgery in 2015. She went on to become the hospital's executive vice president, chief of staff, chief medical executive, and chief medical information officer. Effective March 31, 2023, she will be PRHC's new president and CEO. (Photo courtesy of PRHC)

Dr. Lynn Mikula has been named the next president and chief executive officer of Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), the hospital announced on Monday (December 12).

Currently a member of the hospital’s senior leadership team, Dr. Mikula will assume her new position on March 31, 2023.

She is replacing Dr. Peter McLaughlin, who is retiring after a 50-year career in health care — including 17 years with PRHC, the last eight of which he served as president and CEO.

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Dr. Mikula was selected as the hospital’s president and CEO following a national recruitment process and extensive stakeholder consultation and brings “a vast wealth of knowledge, experience and strong personal and professional connections” to the role, according to the hospital’s board of directors.

“Dr. Mikula embodies the qualities identified by our stakeholders as being vitally important in a hospital leader and, from the beginning of the process, she was a standout candidate,” says board chair Robert Gibson. “She is an experienced hospital leader and surgeon with an impressive career background, and she devotes a great deal of passion and energy to the health centre and its people.”

Dr. Mikula joined the surgical team at PRHC in 2011 as a staff general surgeon, and was appointed chief of surgery in 2015. She took on the additional role of chair of the medical advisory committee in 2017, while continuing her work as a practising surgeon with the hospital. She currently is the hospital’s executive vice president, chief of staff, chief medical executive, and chief medical information officer,

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“Her leadership as chief of staff has earned her widespread respect among her colleagues at the hospital, in the community and throughout the region, particularly over the last several years of the COVID-19 pandemic, through which she has been a strong, reassuring, and highly visible presence,” Gibson notes.

While there was “a talented pool of candidates” for the president and CEO position, according to the board, Dr. Mikula ultimately demonstrated herself to be the front-runner to lead the hospital into the future.

“I think what we can say about Dr. Mikula is that her energy, drive, and vision for this organization were unmatched during the search process, and that her reputation and track record as a leader are second to none,” Gibson says. “She has an in-depth understanding of the current challenges in health care and a clear vision for acute health care in Peterborough, and she sees a path forward to a vibrant and exciting future for PRHC.”

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“We are so pleased to have identified a candidate who embodies all of the qualities we and our stakeholders have been seeking, and to have found those qualities in an individual who has a strong, established history with PRHC and our community,” Gibson adds.

Dr. Mikula earned her MD CM at McGill University, followed by surgical residency and fellowship at the University of Toronto. She has an MSc in cancer genetics from the University of Toronto and a Master of Management from McGill. She lives in Peterborough with her husband and their three children.

“I am thrilled and honoured to have been selected,” says Dr. Mikula. “I am constantly inspired by the people of PRHC, who bring so much dedication, passion, and skill to their work every day. The last few years have had their challenges, but working together, I’m confident that we will emerge as a regional hospital that is leading the way with partnership, innovation and, above all, a focus on excellent care.”

“I’d like to thank the Board of Directors for their confidence in my leadership and my vision. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity.”