FREDERICTON, N.B. – A new council has been established to promote innovation and save money in New Brunswick’s health-care system.
The Innovation and Best Practice Council will assist the Office of Health System Renewal by identifying and implementing health innovations and best practices.
“We have a large system with thousands of dedicated, hard-working professionals who want to deliver the best health care possible in a sustainable, financially viable and clinically sound way,” said Health Minister Hugh J. Flemming. “The council will look at the top performing health systems in Canada and examine the strengths and opportunities for improvement within our own system that will help our health-care professionals improve their performance.”
Members of the council are:
● Rino Volpé , co-president of the Office of Health System Renewal;
● John McGarry, co-president of the Office of Health System Renewal;
● Paul Couturier, chair of the board of Vitalité Health Network;
● W. David Ferguson, chair of the board of Horizon Health Network;
● Stéphane Robichaud, chief executive officer of the New Brunswick Health Council;
● Bernadette Thériault, of the Office of Health System Renewal;
● Nancy Roberts, vice-president, Planning, Quality, Performance Excellence for Horizon Health Network;
● Dr. France Desrosiers, chief of staff and chair of the Medical Advisory Committee for Vitalité Health Network;
● Andrew Beckett, vice-president, Corporate Affairs / chief financial officer for Facilicorp NB;
● Stéphane Legacy, vice-president, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services for Vitalité Health Network;
● Laurie Janes, administrative director of Clinical Programs in the Saint John area for Horizon Health Network;
● Richard Losier, executive director of the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont University Hospital Centre;
● Lise Daigle, executive director of Governance Transition at the Department of Health;
● Gisèle Beaulieu, chief health renewal planning officer for Vitalité Health Network; and
● Claire Esson, regional director of Health Information Management for Horizon Health Network.
The council will advise on practices and initiatives that offer the best potential for savings and improved capacity to address growth at minimal cost.