SLT Roles and Transitions Update from Fiona Dalton

Sep 27, 2018 | News

Fiona Dalton, Providence President & CEO.Fiona Dalton, Providence President & CEO.

As announced in July, the expanded mandate for the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) will result in all consolidated lower mainland programs – including the ones Providence Health Care leads: Health Information Management (HIM) and Biomedical Engineering – to be fully transferred to PHSA. A result of these changes means that Yoel Robens-Paradise, Vice President, Digital Health Informatics, is leaving Providence, effective October 12, 2018.

Yoel came to Providence in 2001 as the Director of Health Records charged with consolidating separate departments at MSJ, SPH, Holy Family and St. Vincent’s. During his tenure, he made further significant contributions, including: integrating electronic and paper-based clinical documentation by converting PHC to a scanned record in 2006; making PHC a BC health care leader in deploying voice-recognition to improve transcription services; establishing BC’s first automated report distribution system with Excelleris; and leading the formation of a new HIM service across Fraser Health, PHSA, VCH and PHC, creating one of Canada’s largest, most successful HIM departments with almost 1,400 staff working at 36 sites. Whether serving as a moderator or speaker at a conference or as a senior leader, Yoel’s values-based style and commitment to excellence have been respected and valued by staff, colleagues and peers.

The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and I wish Yoel the best in his future endeavours. We will miss his knowledge, skill set, industry expertise and leadership contributions to PHC. A farewell tea is being planned for early October (invites and more details will be communicated in the coming days).

As part of Yoel’s transition, I am reassigning the following key portfolios to other SLT colleagues, effective immediately:

  • Leanne Heppell, Chief Operating Officer Acute Care & Chief of Professional Practice & Nursing, will now be the PHC executive sponsor for the CST Project.
  • Brian Woods, Interim Chief Financial Officer, will assume SLT sponsorship for IMITS.

PHC will continue to work closely with our health authority partners to ensure we’re engaged and ready to contribute to the ongoing evolution of the health sector and to improve patient outcomes.

I want to thank everyone in advance for helping with these transitions, as we continue to deliver our mission and achieve our care, research and teaching goals.

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