NOTE TO EDITORS: Janet Knox, CEO-designate of the new health authority, will be available for interviews until noon, today, Oct. 31. Please call Tony Kiritsis at 902-424-0585 to arrange.
A streamlined executive team to lead Nova Scotia’s new health authority, beginning April 1, was announced today, Oct. 31.
The new structure consists of a small number of vice-presidents supported by executive directors who operate in four regional zones.
“This new structure allows our health leaders to deliver the best possible care and service across Nova Scotia,” said Leo Glavine, Health and Wellness Minister. “A streamlined executive will focus on better health outcomes for Nova Scotians and enhanced patient care and client support.”
The new executive structure reduces the number of senior leaders by more than 50 per cent, with a reduction of 24 positions and broadens the scope and authority of senior leaders. There will be 8.5 vice-presidents in the new health authority, with one position shared with the IWK Health Centre.
There will be two executive directors in each zone, one for medical leadership and one for operational leadership.
Janet Knox, the CEO designate of the new health authority, said health leaders will be able to allocate resources where needed, when needed in a consolidated health system.
“By coming together as one system, we have a unique opportunity to shape our health system for generations,” said Ms. Knox. “This new structure will allow us to share our expertise, experience and resources in a new, more connected way.”
Recruitment for vice-presidents will begin within weeks. Once vice-presidents are hired, a recruitment process will begin for executive directors. Compensation levels have not been finalized. Details on hiring will be released through the recruitment process.
Mr. Glavine said the executive directors will be based out of four zone offices in Sydney, Truro, Halifax and Kentville. The executive directors and their assistants will use existing health offices.
Existing hospitals will continue to have medical and administrative leadership in place.
The province’s existing CEOs will continue to lead the health system until March 31.
The new structure is available at novascotia.ca/health.