Nova Scotia’s loss is British Columbia’s Gain! Welcome Dr. Carr!

Below is a Media Release announcing the hiring of Dr. Brendan Carr as the new President & CEO for the Vancouver Island Health Authority.  Dr. Carr, or Brendan, as I know him is a close personal friend and one of the truly progressive and transformational thinkers in the field of health care in Canada.  He understands that you can have innovation and excellence and do it through a public funded system.  Look for innovation and excellence from Brendan and his team at VIHA!



August 6, 2013


Vancouver Island Health names new President and CEO


VICTORIA – After an exhaustive search process, Dr. Brendan Carr has been named as the new President and CEO for the Vancouver Island Health Authority.


According to Board Chair Don Hubbard, “The Board is thrilled to have Dr. Carr at the helm of our organization. The demands and challenges that face all public sector organizations, specifically health care, require the skill and talents of a seasoned leader. I have full confidence that Dr. Carr possesses the experience and personal suitability that will allow our organization to ensure that the health and care needs of citizens and the fiscal health or our organization are met now and well into the future. Dr. Carr is an accomplished leader with a track record of success,” said Hubbard.


Dr. Carr has been serving as acting CEO since former president and CEO Howard Waldner retired in May, and will assume this new role immediately.


Dr. Carr joined Vancouver Island Health last year as the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Prior to joining the health authority, Dr. Carr served as Vice President of Medicine with the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax and as an Assistant Professor with Dalhousie University.


Dr. Carr holds a Doctor of Medicine and a Masters in Business Administration. He is a skilled Emergency Room Physician and advocate for transformation in health care.


When asked to comment on his appointment Dr. Carr said, “The Vancouver Island Health Authority is an outstanding organization with a positive reputation across the country and around the world. I sincerely appreciate the Board’s confidence in my abilities to do the job. I look forward to the days, months and years ahead as we work together with our community partners to renew our focus on population health, quality and innovation and community engagement. Improving the quality of care and examining how we can better integrate care across the health system is a top priority as we move forward.”


As Vancouver Island’s largest employer, Vancouver Island Health Authority serves a population of over 760,000 citizens living in both urban and rural settings, employs 18,000 staff, operates 153 health facilities and manages an operating budget of $1.9 billion.



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