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December 10, 2019


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New Appointees will Guide Provision of Safe, Quality Care Throughout Manitoba: Friesen

The Manitoba government has made appointments to the boards of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, Prairie Mountain Health and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

“Regional boards guide the provision of safe, quality care and how we move forward to ensure consistent, reliable health services across the province,” said Friesen.  “I look forward to working together with the new board members as our government continues to improve health care for all Manitobans.”

The boards of regional health authorities are responsible for directing the management and affairs of the region to ensure the delivery and administration of health services.

These new appointments include the elevation of Lee Jebb and Wayne McWhirter to the role of board chairs of Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), respectively.  Jebb is a former vice-president and senior executive with Cando Rail Services while McWhirter is a former partner and vice-president of Quality Management.

Other new or promoted board members include:
•    Hermann Saxler – Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
•    Lon Cullen – PMH;
•    Bryce Matlashewski, promoted to vice-chair – WRHA;
•    Lauren Stone – WRHA; and
•    Kyla Kramps, Concordia Hospital representative – WRHA.

These appointments are part of the Manitoba government’s efforts to continue to refresh the agencies, boards and commissions of our province, ensuring Manitobans continue to be represented in these important positions by highly qualified and enthusiastic individuals, Friesen noted.

The minister thanked outgoing board members for their service and dedication to guiding improvements to the health system, singling out outgoing WRHA chair Karen Dunlop and PMH chair Catheryn Pedersen for their efforts.

“Our government congratulates Catheryn and Karen for helping to lead their respective organizations at a time of monumental health transformation,” said Friesen.  “Our government thanks them for their help in our efforts to provide better health care sooner for all Manitobans.”

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