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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chief Operating Officer appointed for the new Churchill Health operating division of Winipeg Regional Health Authority

As part of a more responsive, streamlined regional health authority (RHA) system, the Churchill and Winnipeg Regional Health Authorities have been merged, and Churchill Health has been established an operating division of the WRHA, under the direction of Derry Martens.

The merger reflects the close link between communities that already exists with Winnipeg helping to sustain and improve health services in Churchill for northern Manitobans and residents of Nunavut. The change is part of the province's strong commitment to northern health care and ensuring Churchill remains a vital community for delivering the services to families.

The merger of the Winnipeg and Churchill RHAs is part of the provincial government's plan to reduce the number of RHAs from 11 to 5. The chief executive officers for Manitoba's new 5 merged RHAs are:

  • Helga Bryant, Northern RHA - the former NOR-MAN and Burntwood RHAs
  • Penny Gilson, Western RHA - the former Brandon, Assiniboine, and Parkland RHAs
  • Kathy McPhail, Southern RHA - the former RHA-Central Manitoba and South Eastman Health Authority
  • John Stinson, Interlake-Eastern RHA - the former Interlake RHA and North Eastman Health Authority
  • Arlene Wilgosh continues as CEO of Winnipeg RHA

WRHA remains focused on streamlining administration and redirecting savings into supporting front line care. WRHA is now below the provincially-legislated corporate spending limit of 2.99%, and this will continue after merging Churchill and Winnipeg RHA administrations.

Further information on the mergers is available at the Manitoba Health website.

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