Senior Leadership Team
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dan Florizone became President and Chief Executive Officer of Saskatoon Health Region on January 5, 2015. Raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, he earned a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours in Health Care Administration) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Regina.
Dan has amassed 25 years of Saskatchewan healthcare experience and served as Saskatchewan Deputy Health Minister (2008-2013), CEO of the Five Hills Health Region (2003 to 2008), CEO for Moose Jaw-Thunder Creek Health District, the South-East Health District (Estevan and area), CEO Canora-Invermay-Norquay, and CEO of Wilkie Union Hospital. He has also been Chair of Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council and served on the board of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Mental Health Commission of Canada.
During his career, he led the amalgamation of multiple organizations into a single health district and the reformulation of districts into the current region-based structure. His work surrounding patient and family centred care established the blueprint for provincial healthcare transformation, including the introduction of the Lean-based Saskatchewan Health Care Management System and the launch of the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, an aggressive waitlist reduction initiative focusing on quality care and patient safety.
Most recently, Dan was Saskatchewan’s Deputy Minister of Education, where he also introduced Lean management across education and government, and Deputy Minister Responsible for Lean. He is currently a faculty member with the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
In 2008, Dan received the Institute of Public Administration of Canada-Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal Award, and in 2011, the Excellence through Evidence Award from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI).
Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services
Nilesh Kavia began his role as Vice President Finance and Corporate Services in August 2011. Prior to coming to Saskatchewan, Nilesh was Vice President, Financial Planning and Business Advisory Services for Alberta Health Services in Calgary, Alberta.
Nilesh has more than 20 years experience in finance, both in the public and private sectors in various roles including internal audit, business development, risk management, procurement, treasury, financial reporting and financial planning. Nilesh began his career in health care in 2000 as Director, Budgeting with Calgary Health Region. His also has private sector experience with TransAlta Corporation, Direct Energy and Amoco Canada.
Nilesh graduated in 1990 from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce and obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Calgary in 1995. He has been a Certified Management Accountant since 1993, a Certified Professional Coach since 2011 and a Certified Lean Leader since January 31, 2014.
Vice President, Integrated Health Services
In April 2007, Jackie Mann began her role, as Vice President Integrated Health Services. Over the past 20 years Jackie has held several roles with increasing scope throughout acute care in Saskatoon, including staff Nurse, Manager, Director and Executive Director.
Jackie is a University of Saskatchewan graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Masters in Business Administration. Throughout her career Jackie has taken a keen interest in quality improvement initiatives as well as a focus on how to place patients at the centre of care. In 2007 Jackie received the Muriel Jarvis Award, a peer nominated award in recognition of ‘Making a Positive Difference’ in her role in the Saskatoon Health Region.
Dr. Petrina McGrath
Vice President, People, Practice and Quality
Petrina McGrath joined the Region from the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, where she served as Director of Nursing since 2004. In this role, she co-led numerous patient safety initiatives and led UHN’s Patient Centred Care strategy. Her previous roles include Clinical Nurse Specialist for palliative care and professional practice leader/educator for the medical/radiation oncology program at Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Centre as well as general nursing in Toronto and Saudi Arabia.
Petrina received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan and her Masters of Nursing at the University of Toronto. She completed doctoral studies at the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California in 2014.
Vice President, Integrated Health Services
Diane Shendruk began her role as Vice President of Integrated Health Services in August 2015, serving first in an interim basis before accepting the position permanently. A registered nurse, she has 24 years of experience working for Saskatoon Health Region. Throughout her career, she has improved quality of care, safety and access to acute and community-based services for patients in urban and rural settings. Among her many accomplishments, she pioneered the development of an integrated team-based approach to kidney disease and diabetes, partnered with northern regional health authorities to bring home hemodialysis to Saskatchewan, and improved service through the Saskatchewan Transplant Program to increase donor and transplant rates across the province.
President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Paul's Hospital
Jean Morrison has over 25 years of experience in health. She has held diverse senior positions in the Saskatchewan healthcare system, including the position of Vice President of Performance Excellence and Chief Nursing Officer, Saskatoon Health Region, prior to becoming President and CEO of St. Paul's Hospital. Ms. Morrison also serves on the Board of Directors for a number of provincial and national organizations, including the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, and Accreditation Canada.
Jean's path to St. Paul's followed a rewarding career in nursing, nurse management and chief executive officer positions. With a degree in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, and both a Master's of Nursing and a Master's of Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University, Halifax.
Jean has worked in a variety of roles and settings in the health system: as a special care aide in a long term care facility; as a registered nurse in a hospital in Saskatoon; as a public health nurse in rural Saskatchewan; and as a health administrator in Nunavut, rural Saskatchewan and Saskatoon.
Jean brings an in depth knowledge and appreciation for the unique shared governance and management partnership between St. Paul's Hospital Board of Directors and the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority, and a deep commitment to the contributions that faith-based healthcare brings to the Regional and provincial healthcare system.
Dr. Cory Neudorf
Chief Medical Health Officer
Dr. Cory Neudorf has been working as a Medical Health Officer in Saskatoon since 1994. He started as a faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan, working as Associate Director of Northern Medical Services, and then became Deputy Medical Health Officer in the area of communicable disease control and population health for the Saskatoon District in 1996. He has held various leadership roles in public health at the national level including: President of the Public Health Physicians of Canada, Chair of the Canadian Public Health Association, and Chair of the Canadian Population Health Initiative Council. He is the current President of the Urban Public Health Network. Dr. Neudorf is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine. His research interests include health inequalities, health status indicators and surveys, health status monitoring and reporting, and integrating population health data and geographic information systems into public health and health planning. Dr. Neudorf is a Certified Lean Leader since April 25, 2014.
Dr. George Pylypchuk
Vice President, Practitioner Staff Affairs
Dr. George Pylypchuk has been Vice President of Practitioner Staff Affairs with Saskatoon Health Region since July 2012. He received his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970 and completed his residency in Saskatoon and Toronto, receiving his Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) in 1976. Since then, he's practiced internal medicine and nephrology in Saskatoon.
Dr. Pylypchuk currently holds the academic position of Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He has held numerous medical administrative positions, including Head of Medicine at St. Paul's Hospital, Clinical Head of Medicine at Saskatoon Health Region, Physician Dyad Co-Lead for Ambulatory Care of Saskatoon Health Region, and most recently, Unified Head of Medicine for the College of Medicine and Saskatoon Health Region.