Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH)’s new Chief of Staff is proud to follow in her parents’ footsteps. They were both physicians. They believed in helping the most vulnerable. And as Holocaust survivors, they taught her the importance of being grateful and giving back. “My parents loved Canada and wanted to make it a better place,” says Dr. Kathi Kovacs. “I do too.”
Dr. Kovacs has worked at QCH for more than 20 years, including serving as Chief of Psychiatry for the past three.
“My father was a psychiatrist and my mother was a family doctor working with adolescent kids in trouble. I guess I came by it honestly. They loved their jobs and I was attracted to that. I love mine too.”
She explains that people with mental health challenges often suffer quietly until it becomes a crisis. “To know that you are able to help people, ease their suffering and give them hope for a brighter future – there’s really nothing better.”
Dr. Kovacs says she is excited about taking the helm as Chief of Staff. “QCH is a great hospital and there is a very strong leadership team in place. They are supportive and that brings out the best in people. I share that vision.”
Dr. Kovacs also has a vision for mental health services at QCH. Several years ago, when she realized that the program needed some help, she turned to QCH Foundation and offered hers. “I started to talk about raising money to improve our mental health program. A lot of people didn’t think it was possible, but I knew it was. When I found out that the government does not fund everything that is needed, it became increasingly important to me.” Dr. Kovacs was a key part of the Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign, which has now raised more than $6 million for mental health care. Dr. Kovacs also sits on the QCH Foundation Board as a physician representative.
In her new role, Dr. Kovacs says she wants to continue to highlight the importance of QCH Foundation – and do even more.
“I’ve been involved in many philanthropic endeavours and you always get back a lot more than you give. I want to encourage that mindset both at the hospital and in the community. The Foundation has support from 100% of our physicians and they understand the importance of giving where you live and work. I’d love to increase that.”
Dr. Kovacs’s enthusiasm and empathy is clear in the way she cares for her patients and how she supports QCH Foundation. Now she will bring those attributes to the leadership table. Thank you, Dr. Kovacs!