Elizabeth Wilson, Chair of the Board of Directors of the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) announced today the retirement of Denise Cumming from the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the UHKF effective October 2019.
“Denise has enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the Foundation,” said Wilson, “She has provided outstanding leadership to the UHKF since she was named Executive Director in 2006. She has stewarded two hugely successful capital campaigns which raised nearly $140 million to improve health outcomes for the hundreds of thousands of people across southeastern Ontario who rely on Kingston for healthcare.”
Prior to joining UHKF, Cumming’s career in healthcare fundraising began in 1986 at the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. In 1992, Denise joined University Hospital Foundation in London (Now London Health Sciences Foundation) as Associate Director, Major Gifts. She stayed with the organization for six years and earned her CFRE designation in 1997. In 1998, she was hired by the University of Western Ontario but soon returned to health care in 2002 to work as Director of Development for St. Joseph’s Health Care in London.
“I’m very thankful to the communities we serve, in Kingston and across southeastern Ontario for their loyalty and generosity in support of health care in this region,” said Cumming, “It has also been an absolute pleasure to work alongside the people of Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Providence Care. The staff and physicians here are truly extraordinary people and have a genuine passion to provide our community with the best, most innovative care.”
Denise Cumming is the only CEO the UHKF has ever known. In 2002, executives from all three Kingston hospitals identified a need for a major redevelopment plan, and a joint fundraising plan to support it. In 2005 the Kingston Hospitals Joint Advancement Foundation was established and changed its name in 2006 to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. The Foundation is currently the sole fundraising arm for Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and Providence Care.
During Denise’s tenure, the Foundation’s success has led to numerous healthcare advancements in our community, including redevelopment and expansion of ophthalmology care at KHSC’s Hotel Dieu Hospital site, the creation of the W.J. Henderson Centre for Patient-Oriented Research at KHSC’s Kingston General Hospital site and the opening of the new Providence Care hospital.
These achievements ensure that we continue to pursue research and ensure that patients, residents and clients have access to the care and treatment they need, close to home.
Cumming will continue to serve as CEO until October 2019. Recruitment for her successor is now underway.