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 CURRENTS 2012 :: June 10-12, 2012

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Jeff Vallentin MBA, APR
Vice-President, Communications, Stakeholder Relations and Corporate Services
Hamilton Health Sciences

Jeff Vallentin is Vice-President of Communications, Stakeholder Relations and Corporate Services for Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). In that capacity, he plays a key role in establishing and advancing organizational strategy and relationships, oversees management services agreements with four hospitals in the region, and provides operational leadership to a diverse set of support service departments at HHS.

Mr. Vallentin is one of Ontario's most experienced and respected health care communications professionals. He has dedicated his career to building and enhancing positive relationships among all stakeholders within HHS, across the community, and throughout the health care sector.

In his communications role, Mr. Vallentin contributes to system improvements by raising public awareness about the challenges facing Ontario's hospitals and health care in general. At Hamilton Health Sciences, Mr. Vallentin has focused his efforts on fostering an organizational culture that values and practices openness and accountability.

Mr. Vallentin also serves as the HHS liaison to the four hospital organizations engaged in management services agreements with HHS — West Lincoln Memorial, Haldimand War Memorial, Hagersville Memorial and Wellington Healthcare Alliance.

Mr. Vallentin provides executive leadership for many of Hamilton Health Sciences' corporate services including Nutrition, Housekeeping, Portering, Parking, Central Supply, Waste Management, Security, and Business Support Services.

In each of his areas of responsibility, he encourages all team members to play to their strengths and continually strive to be innovators in health care and within their respective roles. He has a unique understanding of what it means to be a front-line employee – as a teenager, he began his career at HHS working part time as a porter at Hamilton General Hospital.

Mr. Vallentin earned his Master of Business Administration at Queen's University, a degree in political science from McMaster University, a diploma in public relations from Niagara College and is a graduate of Sheridan College's Applied Photography Program.

An accredited public relations practitioner (APR), Mr. Vallentin is an active and long-standing member of the Canadian Public Relations Society, the Health Care Public Relations Association of Canada and the Ontario Health Association's Community Affairs and Communications Network. He currently serves on the Board of the Burlington and Hamilton United Way.

Workshop: How to overcome the disclosure dilemma — a framework for building trust and managing expectations in times of uncertainty