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Leadership Changes

Leadership Changes

Ensuring we have a strong and well-structured Senior Leadership Team (SLT) is key as PHC begins to prioritize and implement the work envisioned for the coming year through our new strategic plan.

Over the past year, we have had a number of SLT members retire – Dr. Yvonne Lefebvre, Brother Tom Maddix, and Neil MacConnell – and I have implemented succession plans to address those senior leadership needs and transitions.

Operational issues and expected SLT succession needs have provided me an opportunity to further reconfigure SLT accountabilities and portfolio.

In making these changes, I have been informed by the increased engagement I have had recently with staff, and program and physician leadership to address continuing and new issues and pressures in patient and resident care at PHC.

To ensure we’re well positioned and structured to address these challenges and our priorities, I have made the following reconfigurations to the SLT accountabilities. 

David Byres’ CNO/PP Accountabilities:

Due to the diversity of David Byres’ current accountabilities and the upcoming Care Experience strategic priority initiatives he will be leading, I am separating his Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice accountabilities into an interim Chief Nursing Officer/Chief of Professional Practice position. I am appointing Candy Garossino as interim Chief Nursing Officer and Chief of Professional Practice.  Additionally, the portfolio of contracted support services and accountability of Don Wills, Director, Support Services, will be transferred from David to Mary Procter, VP, Finance and Planning. These changes are effective October 15, 2012.

David will retain the Acute Program component of the portfolio. He will be able to provide more focus on strategic work, and enable more access between himself and program and physician leadership.

In her interim CNO/PP capacity, Candy will be a member of the SLT, and will have the authority and responsibility to provide leadership to the Nursing/Professional Practice portfolios and to represent PHC in relevant external forums.

Other SLT Portfolio Reconfiguration:

Barbara Trerise, VP, Innovation, Patient Safety and Information Management, has announced her retirement effective December 31, 2012, after over 35 years of dedicated service in health care. As all those who know Barb will agree, she is a unique individual who would be difficult to replace in any organization. Her breadth and depth of talent, nationally recognized knowledge of clinical, information and quality issues, and her amazing strategic and leadership insights have greatly contributed to PHC’s successes in BC’s health care system.

As her retirement date nears, we will share in Barbara’s excitement and will have opportunities to bid farewell and thank Barb for her many contributions.

Barb’s pending retirement provides the opportunity to reconfigure the role to encompass the accountabilities of the CNO/PP, as well as Innovation, Quality, and Patient Safety portfolios. A recruitment process for Barb’s replacement will be implemented in the coming months.

The Information Management portion of Barb’s accountability will transfer to Susan Wannamaker, VP, Clinical & Systems Transformation at Vancouver Coastal Health and PHC. The Health Information Management (HIM) portfolio will transfer to Mary Procter. To ensure a smooth transition, these changes will occur on December 18, 2012.

I want to thank all SLT members for their insights and feedback in enabling this reconfiguration. My goal is to ensure these transitions occur in a manner that provide continued immediate support and leadership to programs, while ensuring thoughtful and comprehensive succession strategies for the SLT.