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Interior Health
President & Chief Executive Officer

Interior Health is one of five regional health authorities and encompasses the entire Southeast corner of British Columbia, serving approximately 750,000 people in 59 municipalities and 54 First Nations communities. It services a large, diverse geographical area, which includes some of the fastest growing urban centres as well as some of the more rural, remote areas of the province. With a budget of $2.1 billion, Interior Health provides integrated world class care through acute care, home and community care, mental health and public health services. 

Through a planned retirement of the incumbent, the Board of Interior Health is commencing a search for the new Chief Executive Officer of one of the most progressive health regions in Canada. The position will appeal to a senior health care leader who brings both the vision to champion innovation in a complex and diverse workplace while working collaboratively and courageously with an array of stakeholders who care deeply about the delivery system in a large geographic area - both urban and rural.

Working closely with the communities Interior Health serves, the CEO will have the proven skills and abilities to create effective and efficient program delivery in concert with the Ministry of Health and through clinical leaders and staff of the health authority. Engagement at all levels is expected of the new CEO including the ability to work successfully with Indigenous peoples, urban and rural communities and 7 different regional hospital district organizations throughout Interior Health. More than 750,000 residents depend on Interior Health and its 19,000 employees, including more than 1,400 physicians.

The new CEO will model the values of Interior Health and recognize the position is one which leads an organization whose greatest purpose is to help all citizens of the authority through the delivery of outstanding health care and public health services. Working successfully in a diversified health care environment, being as successful in developing strategies as executing on those plans – and being a result oriented and highly visible leader will be hallmarks of the selected candidate.  The candidate will bring proven experience in understanding the financial realities of providing health care in the BC and/or Canadian context. Utilizing and embracing technology and data-informed decision making, the new Interior Health CEO will ensure accountability at all levels of Interior Health and will lead committed team members as they navigate the ever-changing nature of health care in British Columbia.  It is a substantial leadership position and needs an individual who can work effectively with the Board in ensuring the mandate of the health authority is delivered.

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