COBOURG – The chief of Northumberland Paramedics will be stepping into a new role next month as the administrator of Golden Plough Lodge.
Northumberland County has announced Bill Detlor as the successful candidate to take the lead at the 151-bed long-term care home, which will be vacated when current administrator Clare Dawson retires Oct. 16.
“I am thrilled for this opportunity to work with the staff, residents and families of the Golden Plough Lodge,” Detlor said.
“My passion is rooted in community and making connections between those services that care for our community. It has been an honour and a privilege to work with the outstanding members of the Northumberland Paramedics team and I am eager to leverage the strategies and lessons learned through this experience and my broader health care background in transitioning to the long-term care environment. I look forward to advancing the important work lead by Clare and team to ensure we are supporting residents to live lives of purpose, choice, dignity and respect.”
With a background in quality improvement and professional standards, the county said Detlor has been a natural fit as part of the team representing Northumberland County as a founding member of the Ontario Health Team of Northumberland (OHT-N), a collaboration of patients, caregivers, and health and social care providers working together to improve service delivery, value to the community and health outcomes. Earlier this year, Detlor spearheaded the launch of Northumberland’s first community paramedicine program — an OHT-N year one priority –overseeing this implementation as a vital component of the local health system response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are confident that Bill’s passion and focus will be an asset to Golden Plough Lodge operations,” said Jennifer Moore, Northumberland County’s chief administrative officer.
“Adept at leading in highly-regulated environments, Bill is recognized for strengths in communication and outreach, innovation of best practice, decisive leadership and building and strengthening communities of practice through relationship-building. We are delighted that while Bill will be taking on a new role, he will be doing so as an ongoing member of the Northumberland County team.”
In his current role with Northumberland Paramedics, Detlor leads and mentors a specialized workforce of more than 120 staff operating across six locations. He and his team members oversee more than 25,000 calls a year for emergency medical response, striving to deliver industry-leading pre-hospital health care to residents and visitors.
Throughout his career, Detlor has expanded his professional scope to many facets of health care including pre-hospital roles with several paramedic services, base hospital program experience and as a faculty member at Queen’s University School of Medicine. He holds a Masters certificate in public management from York University and an executive diploma in municipal management from the Association of Municipal Clerks & Treasurers of Ontario.
Recruitment for the role of Northumberland Paramedics chief will be underway over the next few weeks.
Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News