I am pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Wannamaker as President, BC Children’s and Women’s Health and Vice President, PHSA.
Susan has held a diverse mix of executive roles throughout her 35-year career in health care that make her uniquely suited to take on this complex role. She has a clinical background as a nurse. She has deep operational experience in running hospitals. She has led and supported significant transformation initiatives focused on improving the patient experience. And she is a true leader who builds strong teams and brings out the best in her people.
As Senior Vice President at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Susan is responsible for all hospital operations and has led a number of important initiatives directly aligned to our strategic priorities at PHSA, including transformation of the patient experience and the implementation of LEAN management. In particular, has been instrumental in standardizing the provincial methodology for care model redesign based on the needs of the population. Importantly for us, in light of our Children’s and Women’s (C&W) Redevelopment project, she has also worked with the senior leadership team to ensure operational readiness as Joseph Brant completes a new hospital expansion.
Prior to moving to Joseph Brant, Susan spent 20 years in leadership roles at Vancouver Coastal Health, most recently as Vice President of Professional Practice and Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Clinical Information Officer and Executive Lead for the $300 million Surgical Program. Her experience as Vice President Clinical and Systems Transformation for VCH will also be of value to our team at C&W as we prepare for implementation of our new Cerner clinical information system.
Susan is excited to be moving home to B.C., and will start on July 31. Her appointment as a single leader responsible for the entire C&W campus is an opportunity for us to take a fresh look at how we are serving patients and where we can continue to improve. One of Susan’s first priorities will be to review our structure and operations, with a particular focus on ensuring all our teams at C&W are collaborating and coordinating as effectively as possible.
On that note, I want to give a special thank you to Linda Lemke and Cheryl Davies, our Chief Operating Officers at BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospitals, for their interim leadership at both hospitals. They have provided collaborative leadership and important stability as we completed a national recruitment for Susan’s role. The fact that both hospitals were recently recognized with exemplary standing by Accreditation Canada is a testament to their leadership, and the extraordinary dedication of everyone at C&W. It’s a remarkable achievement that we can all take pride in.
I’d also like to express my thanks to those stakeholders who participated in this selection process for their time and commitment to assisting in our ability to secure a new leader. My colleagues on the selection committee were invaluable to this process and their unanimous support for Susan and commitment to continue their efforts to ensure her success as the new leader was exceptional.
President and CEO
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