New Provincial Health Authority Board Announced by Minister of Health
The next step in the creation of the new Saskatchewan Health Authority was taken Wednesday when Health Minister Jim Reiter announced its 10-person board of directors.
By Pamela Cowan, Regina Leader-Post
Provincial Health Minister Jim Reiter
Photo: Bryaan Schlosser/Regina Leater-Post
“We have what I think is an outstanding board of directors,” Reiter said.
The board of five women and five men come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, including governance, medicine, law, education and business. They have been appointed for three-year terms.
Dick Carter of Regina was named board chair.
Joining him on the board will be Grant Kook, vice-chair from Saskatoon, Brenda Abrametz from Prince Albert, Marilyn Charlton from Weyburn, Judy Davis from Regina, Robert Pletch from Regina, Donald Rae from Yorkton, Rosalena Smith from Pinehouse Lake, Dr. Janet Tootoosis from North Battleford and Tom Zurowski from Saskatoon.
“I wanted to have five people with experience on regional health boards, so that you have some corporate background, corporate knowledge there, and also five people who aren’t, so you have new sets of eyes and new ideas,” Reiter said.
The board will begin governing operations after the new organization launches this fall. In the meantime, the board will act in an advisory capacity to help guide the transition and prepare for operations.
Most people in the province believe the current 12 regional health authorities are “top heavy in administration,” so the move to a single health authority will rectify that, Reiter said.
But more importantly, “this is to think as one entity, as one health-care organization,” he said.
He hopes the CEO for the new Saskatchewan Health Authority will be chosen by the end of August.
“I understand there were quite a number of applications,” he said. “The transition team is looking at those right now. We will be asking Dick, as the new chair, and possibly some other board members for some advice in that process, but there’s no preconceived notions on who the CEO will be.”
Reiter assumes the new CEO will operate out of Saskatoon, where the new health authority will be headquartered.
“That was one of the reasons that we announced where the head office would be when we did, because it seemed only reasonable when people are making career decisions on whether or not they want to apply for that job, they need to know where the office is,” he said.
Carter is happy with the selection of the board members.
“I’ve spoken to them all this weekend and they’re all eager,” he said. “Looking at their backgrounds, they’re all capable and it’s a good mix.”
Carter said the new CEO will need experience, enthusiasm, a good track record of HR relations and must make patients a priority.
The 12 current regional health authority boards will remain in place until the Saskatchewan Health Authority officially launches.
The date of the launch is still being determined, but it’s anticipated to occur this fall. The RHA boards will then dissolve and be replaced by the permanent Saskatchewan Health Authority Board.