Dr. Graeme Rocker named Clinical Improvement Advisor to CFHI


June 14, 2013 – Halifax. The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Graeme Rocker, Head of Respirology, Capital Health as Clinical Improvement Advisor to CFHI.  Dr. Rocker will support and guide improvement work across the Foundation including CFHI’s three-year, multi-provincial Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration (AHC) and the development of a clinical engagement strategy for the Foundation. 

"Very few are doing what the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement does so well,” says Dr. Rocker.

“CFHI has helped move the dial forward to initiate cross-provincial collaboration in the Atlantic region on chronic disease care.  I am pleased to be working with such a strong team in support of improved health and healthcare for Canadians.”

“Healthcare leadership is a cornerstone of any improvement effort, and Dr. Rocker brings a winning combination of skill, knowledge and improvement expertise to this role,” says Maureen O’Neil, President, CFHI. “Having a distinguished clinical leader of Dr. Rocker’s calibre supporting, developing and growing expertise in the Atlantic region and across Canada on behalf of CFHI is tremendous.”

As the senior advisor to CFHI’s various improvement teams, Dr. Rocker will be drawing on his clinical management and quality improvement expertise to develop CFHI’s clinical engagement strategy. He will also work with CFHI staff to address COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and management of chronic diseases, across Canada.  He has been an Academic Mentor to the AHC, which focuses on improved patient-centred, efficiency and coordinated chronic disease care, since the fall of 2012.

Dr. Rocker is Head of the Respirology Division at Capital Health  in Nova Scotia and a Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University. His recent CIHR-funded research focused on relieving dyspnea, or breathing difficulty, and improving quality of life for patients with advanced COPD. Dr. Rocker is medical director of a community-based outreach program in Halifax known as INSPIRED (Implementing a Novel and Supportive Program of Individualized Care for patients and families living with Respiratory Disease) that supports patients and families living with the respiratory illness.  He has authored ~ 150 original manuscripts and book chapters and in 2009 received the Roger Bone Award from the American College of Chest Physicians for advances and leadership in End of Life Care.  He was the lead editor of a 2010 Oxford University Press specialist handbook, “End of life care in the ICU: From advanced disease to bereavement.” In addition to his Clinical Advisory role with CFHI, he will maintain his clinical role as respirologist at Capital Health in Halifax.

“Dr. Rocker plays an essential role in improving the quality of care for COPD patients and families in Halifax,” says Chris Power, President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Health. “I’m thrilled for him! This is a unique opportunity to share his extensive expertise to help improve the diagnosis and management of COPD and other chronic diseases, beyond the Atlantic region.”

The Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration focuses on improving healthcare for people living with chronic diseases. CFHI has teamed up with 17 regional health authorities and four provincial health departments in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The collaboration is taking an unprecedented approach to address healthcare priorities and conditions across the region.

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