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SJHC / About Us/ Leadership

Leadership at St. Joseph's Home Care

As a member of the St. Joseph’s Health System, one of Canada’s largest corporations dedicated to health care, St Joseph's Home Care, along with five other healthcare organizations jointly share a President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Kevin Smith was appointed President and CEO of St. Joseph's Health System in 2009. 

At the local level, St. Joseph’s Home Care’s executive team reports to the Joint Board of Governors, a volunteer board that governs the three Hamilton-based St. Joseph’s Health System Organizations (St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, St. Joseph’s Villa and St. Joseph’s Home Care).


Dr. Carolyn Gosse, President

Dr. Gosse is currently Vice President of St Joseph’s Health System with responsibility for integrated care initiatives, and President of St. Joseph’s Home Care. 

Dr. Gosse joins SJHC as the previous Director of Clinical Programs at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) inclusive of the Emergency Department, General Internal Medicine, and Urgent Care. For eight years up until 2011, Dr. Gosse was the Director of Pharmacy Services at SJHH after completing her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Florida in 2005. From 2011-2013, she led the implementation of the Integrated Comprehensive Care (ICC) project for St. Joseph’s Health System, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) in Ontario. Since 2014, she has been working with the MOHLTC on the implementation of the Integrated Funding Models across Ontario. She continues to provide leadership and oversight of the Integrated Care Program at both St. Mary’s General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.



Anita Fitches, Senior Director

Anita brings a wealth of experience to her new role at St. Joseph's Home Care. She has over 17 years of experience working at Bayshore Healthcare, and as Area Director she is responsible for managing all clinical and financial branch operations, in addition to supervision of all staff. Anita began her Bayshore Healthcare career in June of 1999 to work as a field and community RN working with clients with dementia, Alzheimer’s, peritoneal dialysis, and palliative care. In 2001, Anita was promoted to Manager of Clinical Practice for nursing, and in 2007 she was promoted to Area Director for the Brockville branch. Under Anita’s direction, Bayshore Healthcare has expanded in the region to include Smiths Falls, Belleville, Kingston offices and four clinics. In 2010 and 2013, Anita was nominated for the Customer Service Leadership Award at Bayshore, and in 2011 and 2012 for Branch Community Involvement. Anita is an active member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, the College of Nurses of Ontario and is a board member of the Alzheimer Society of Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville.


Director of Community Support Services

Lori Lawson, Director of Community Support Services

Lori has recently joined St. Joseph’s Home Care from St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, where she has held a number of progressive leadership positions.  In her most recent role at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Lori was a Discharge Specialist Project Lead for the Home First Refresh Project, as well as the Transitional Community Wellness Project.  Prior to that, she was the hospital lead for the Assess and Restore Program at St. Joseph’s Villa. 

Through her previous community engagement work, Lori has established strong relationships with funders and other service provider organizations across the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network.

Lori holds a Masters of Social Work Analysis of Clinical Practice degree, as well as a Bachelor of Art in Sociology and a Bachelor of Social Work, from McMaster University.