Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Healthcare Change Makers

Sep 20, 2019

Today, your host Ellen Gardner, Communications and Marketing at HIROC, speaks with Alex Munter, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).


One of the misconceptions people have about pediatrics, according to CHEO President and CEO Alex Munter, is that people think of it as a service line, similar to oncology or rehabilitation. This is a mistake says Munter, who stresses that being a child is not a diagnosis and that we need a unique, tailored strategy for children’s health. After 11 years on the job and watching the youth and child population continue to grow, Munter is leading the conversation on social media, and among families and staff at CHEO, about the value and necessity of investing in the well-being of children.


Key Takeaways:

[2:45] Why it’s important to remember that being a child is not a diagnosis

[3:28] Why we need a unique and tailored strategy for child and youth health

[5:20] The most important business reasons to invest in the well-being of children

[9:22] Where Canada ranks in child well-being and child health

[10:39] Alex’s surprising discoveries about the opportunities and limitations of social media

[14:53] Why we should make social media companies more accountable

[16:00] What keeps Alex inspired on difficult days

[18:02] What it’s going to take to get to a place of zero harm in our healthcare institutions

[20:06] Why Alex chose to become a member of HIROC’s board

[20:55] Why HIROC is one of the gems of our healthcare system

[22:28] Why there is far more triumph than tragedy in a children’s hospital

[25:48] How technology, video games and social media have transformed the world at large and children’s health in particular

[26:45] Who Alex would interview today if he was still running a newspaper


Mentioned in this Episode:


Dr. Wilbert Keon MD

Daniel Kahneman


Listen to more interviews with Healthcare Leaders at

Follow us on Twitter, and listen on iTunes and Google Play Music.

Email us at