The Evolving Role of Governing Boards in Healthcare

by Marc Labossiere, Wayne Miller, Lesley Moss, Marie-Pascale Pomey, Chris Power | Nov 10, 2009

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November 2009
Effective practices in healthcare governance - based on the stories that form the basis of this Researcher on Call.

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Novembre 10, 2009
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
Call in English only

Governing Boards play an important role in the healthcare system. They are accountable for the overall performance of their organizations and also play a key role in shaping the organizations they represent thus impacting the system at large. During this session of Researcher on Call, a panel of four presenters from health authorities across the country will share the innovative governance initiatives that their organizations are embarking upon. Two of the presentations will focus on their experiences in engaging communities in strategic planning and the other two will emphasize the importance of making patient safety and the quality of care a top agenda item at the boardroom table.

All of the presentations will be framed using the following three questions:

  1. What prompted your board/organization to make changes?
  2. How were the changes implemented?
  3. What impacts are being seen?

These presentations will be complimented by the insights of researcher, Marie-Pascale Pomey, who has been doing work on the topic of Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety in Canadian Healthcare Organizations.

Featured Speakers

Marc Labossiere is vice-chair of the Board of Directors and the chair of the Resource Committee of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Marc is a certified management accountant with a degree in business administration. He is a co-owner of Academy Execs Management, a RE/MAX franchise, and Real E.NET Solutions.

Over the years, Marc has contributed to the work of the Certified Management Accountants, serving as conference presenter and sponsor, and in recognition of his services was made a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants.

Marc is also a dedicated volunteer. He is the vice-chair of the Board of Directors of Centre Despins, the chair of the Board of Directors of Norscan Instruments Ltd., and the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of agence nationale et internationale du Manitoba (ANIM).

Marc is currently enrolled in The Directors College, working towards attaining the professional designation of Chartered Director.

Wayne Miller is currently the Vice-President for Planning, Quality and Research for the Regional Eastern Health Authority in St. John's, NL.

Eastern Health is the largest integrated health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador, serving a regional population of more than 290,000 and offering a full continuum of healthcare services.

Prior to this, Mr. Miller held within Eastern Health the position of Senior Director for Corporate Strategy and Research and within the former Health Care Corporation of St. John's the positions of Director, Planning and Research and Program Director, Seniors' Care Program.

Mr. Miller holds a Master's of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of Colorado and Bachelors of Education and Physical Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is a Trained Consultant in Policy Governance and a Cohort 2009-2011 EXTRA fellow.

Mr. Miller has held a variety of board positions and committee memberships.

Lesley Moss is currently the Executive Director of Quality, Research, and Patient Safety for the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).
Lesley has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and has experience in a variety of clinical settings and leadership roles.

Lesley has Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba, a diploma from the Grace General Hospital School of Nursing in Winnipeg, and a Master's Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. Lesley has a special interest in having the voice of patients heard in healthcare decision-making arenas. She has led several patient consultation projects and is currently the co-chair of the VIHA Patient Advisory Council.

Marie-Pascale Pomey is Associate Professor at the Department of Health Administration of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal.

She is also Research Associate for the Interdisciplinary Health Research Group (GRIS), University of Montreal, and Chair of Governance and Transformation of Health Care Organizations at the University of Montreal and the Ottawa Health Research Institute (OHRI).

Dr. Pomey was awarded a five-year research scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2006. Her research interests include identifying the determinants of the implementation of quality management and patient safety programs, including waiting time strategies.

She was also one of the authors of Accreditation Canada's new governance standards, as included in Q-Mentum. With Ross Baker, Jean-Louis Denis and Anu McIntosh Murray, Pomey has co-authored a research report on effective governance for quality and patient safety in Canadian healthcare organizations.

Chris Power In 2006, Chris became president and CEO of Capital Health, Halifax, NS.

Chris began her healthcare career as a frontline nurse.

In the 30 years since, she has served in several leadership roles, both in Halifax and at Trillium Health Centre in Ontario, always maintaining the passion and compassion that led her to healthcare. In 2006, Chris became president and CEO of Capital Health, where she provides strategic leadership to an organization that serves the health needs of the residents of Halifax Regional Municipality and West Hants, and patients throughout the Maritimes.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Master's in Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University. She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and holds a fellowship in Management for Executive Nurses from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In 2003, she received the Award for Excellence and Innovation from the Canadian College of Health Services Executives, and in 2007 and 2008 was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Public Sector Category, as well as receiving an Award of Excellence from the Halifax Progress Club.

In 2008 Chris was named as one of the top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada. She holds appointments on several boards and task forces at a national level.

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