Senior Team

Deborah Hammons

Deborah Hammons – Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Hammons was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Central East Local Health Network (Central East LHIN) in 2007.

In this role, Deborah leads an organization with a mandate to plan, fund and integrate local health services.  Each year the Central East LHIN allocates more than $2.2. billion to over 135 local health service providers – including hospitals, community-based agencies and long-term care homes – so that local residents have timely access to high quality services and can live healthier at home.  Deborah is also accountable for continually strengthening the local health system by leading the implementation of the Central East LHIN’s Integrated Health Services Plan, 2016-2019 which focuses on four Strategic Aims: Seniors, Palliative Care, Mental Health and Addictions and Vascular Health.

Deborah has more than 30 years of experience in health care.  She began her career as a nurse and has held senior positions in health care organizations throughout Canada including Vancouver General Hospital, The Ottawa Civic Hospital, the Toronto General/Western Hospitals and the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation.  As CEO of Fairhaven, a 256 bed long-term care home, she added to her list of professional accomplishments by overseeing the development of a new $25.5 million facility, leading the organization in achieving their first 3-year CCHSA Accreditation, and implementing a state-of-the-art computerized environment.

Deborah is a results-oriented leader andstrategic planner with the capacity to engage stakeholders, including patients and caregivers,  and build consensus across the broader health care sector.  She is passionate about improving the health of the citizens within the Central East LHIN geography.


 Stewart Sutley

Stewart Sutley - Senior Director, System Finance and Performance Management

Stewart Sutley provides strategic advice and financial and performance management leadership to the Central East LHIN.  

Stewart previously served the Waterloo Wellington LHIN in several key roles, including the Senior Director of Performance and Accountability and the Senior Director of Planning, Integration and Community Engagement. In these roles, Stewart led the implementation of the first required integration of clinical services under Ontario’s Local Health System Integration Act and helped drive all area hospitals into a sustained, balanced financial position.

Stewart has a long history with the Government of Ontario, where he has worked with the Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care, Finance, Management Board Secretariat, Children and Youth Services, and Education.  Following his support for Management Board of Cabinet as a member of the Health Team in Management Board Secretariat and, later, the Ministry of Finance, Stewart held the positions of Senior Manager, Primary Health Care Policy and Design, and Coordinator, Physician Services, in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Stewart completed his undergraduate degree and graduate degrees in Political Science at the University of Calgary, McGill University, and the University of Alberta. Stewart has taught and researched in the areas of his academic expertise at three Canadian universities, published in five countries, and traveled to more than 30 nations.