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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. 

At the local level, St. Joseph’s Home Care’s executive team reports to the Joint Boards 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).


John Woods, Interim President

John Woods is President of St. Joseph’s Villa, Interim President of St. Joseph's Home Care, and Interim VP Integrated Care for the St. Joseph's Health System. He has also served as Interim President of St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener. He is currently Chair of the Board of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario and is a member of the Board of Home Care Ontario. John began his career in the UK National Health Service (NHS) where he also completed the NHS Management Training Scheme. John has an MA in Management Studies. He is a graduate of the Rotman Business School Advanced Health Leadership Program (AHLP) and the Executive Program for Research Application (EXTRA), winning the Naimark Award in the latter. As a general administrator John has led teams in Finance, I.T., Community Health Services, Research Administration, Quality and Patient Safety, and Medical Affairs Risk and Legal. He is proud supporter of the Alzheimer’s Society and the Margaret’s Place Hospice.


Director of Community Support Services

Lori Lawson, Director of Community Support Services

Lori joined St. Joseph’s Home Care in 2014 from St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, where she 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. 


Director of Community Support Services

Michelle Zivanovich, Director, Clinical Programs

Michelle is a Registered Nurse, and holds a BScN degree from the University of Victoria, along with a Canadian Nursing Association Certificate in Nephrology Nursing; she brings over 20 years of nursing experience to the St. Joseph's Home Care (SJHC) organization.  She has held several clinical leadership roles at St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton in the Renal Program, including Charge Nurse-Independent Dialysis Unit.  As well, Michelle has worked on many Provincial Renal initiatives with the Ontario Renal Network (ORN)

Michelle transitioned to St Joseph’s Home Care in 2017. Since joining SJHC, Michelle has provided many progressive leadership roles including Clinical Resource Coach-Integrated Dialysis Care Program,  Sr Manager of the Integrated Comprehensive Care Program and currently as Director, Clinical Programs for the Visiting Nursing and Integrated Comprehensive Care Program (ICCP). Michelle is a member of the Centre for Integrated Care.

Michelle is passionate about professional practice, innovative models of care and patient advocacy and has been instrumental in implementing the Integrated Dialysis Care Program as well as expanding the ICC Program to include surgical streams, COVID Care @ Home and Virtual Care Models. . 

Michelle looks forward to continuing her studies in field of health management.