Saskatoon - Saskatoon Regional Health Authority (SRHA) today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Maura Davies will be stepping down effective December 1.
Davies had indicated two years ago she was nearing retirement. The SRHA decided now was an appropriate time to begin a shift in leadership, and asked Davies to step down.
“The SRHA felt we needed long-term leadership in place well into the future, given the important projects we are undertaking, such as construction of the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Health-Care Management System,” says Jim Rhode, Chair Saskatoon Regional Health Authority. “We will be looking for a leader who is as passionate and committed to high-quality, safe patient care and our Lean-based management system as Maura Davies has been.”
Davies was offered a continued role supporting the Region and the Province with its health transformation, due to her significant contributions to the health care system in Saskatchewan. However, Davies has respectfully declined that opportunity.
“Maura has demonstrated tremendous passion and leadership on quality improvement and other strategic initiatives within the Saskatoon Health Region and she has served the residents well. We wanted her to continue on in some role within that system,” says Rhode.
“She leaves a legacy of strong and caring teams of health professionals who always put the patient first,” Rhode continues. “On behalf of the SRHA and the Saskatoon Health Region I want to thank her for her ten years of service with the Region and her 40 years in health care.”
“For all things there is a season. For me, that means it is time to pass the torch and, at the request of the Authority, complete my time as President and CEO of the Saskatoon Health Region,” Davies states.
“I have been honoured to lead the largest health region in Saskatchewan during a challenging but exciting time of system transformation. I am proud of the gains we have made in achieving better health for our communities, better care, better value for the taxpayer dollars invested in our services, and better teams,” Davies adds. “I also recognize that there is much more improvement to be done. I have been privileged to be part of developing and implementing the province's Lean management system and believe that our region and province are building the foundation for a better health system that will serve as a model for the entire country.”
Davies will continue in her role until December 1, while the SRHA searches for a new leader. If one is not in place by December 1, an interim CEO will be appointed from within Saskatoon Health Region’s senior leadership team.
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