Interior Health has announced its new CEO.
Susan Brown will step into the role effective Oct. 29.
Following Chris Mazurkewich’s announcement earlier this year of his intention to retire at the end of October, IH conducted an extensive search and found Brown already within the organization.
“With an in-depth knowledge of Interior Health and a deeply rooted commitment to patient- and family-centred care, Ms. Brown has the experience and broad skill set required to lead the health authority in its efforts to improve patient care in communities across the Interior,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a press release.
Brown has been a senior executive at IH since 2011, when she accepted the role of vice-president of tertiary services. Within eight months, her position expanded to leadership of all acute services, and in 2015 she became IH’s vice-president and chief operating officer, hospitals and communities.
She has worked with staff and physician teams across IH, leading clinical services at its 22 hospitals and in communities across the region.
Before coming to IH, she was executive director of Fraser Health’s medicine program, as well as having oversight over health-care operations at Peace Arch Hospital and in White Rock. She is a certified health executive and holds a master of health studies and a bachelor of science in nursing, and has worked for more than 30 years in health care in Canada and in the United Kingdom.
“Susan has the strategic insight and knowledge of health care that we need in our next CEO. She has led significant initiatives to make team-based care more available to patients, which contributes to improved health outcomes across IH. What really made an impression on our board as we proceeded through the executive search, is her strong commitment to relationships with patients, families, staff and physicians, volunteers, local and regional leaders, foundations and auxiliaries, and of course our many system partners,” board chair Dr. Doug Cochrane said.
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