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New SAH chief of staff and medical affairs named (photo)

Monday, November 19, 2012   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

SAULT AREA HOSPITAL

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(November 19, 2012) – After an extensive national search, the Sault Area Hospital board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Heather O’Brien as the new chief of staff and medical affairs.

Dr. O’Brien has been serving as interim chief of staff since succeeding Dr. Alan McLean in April.

“Our search for a new chief of staff and VP Medical Affairs was extremely thorough, taking more than eight months, as we wanted to make absolutely certain we hired the very best person available,” said SAH Board Chair Jamie Melville. “At the end of the process, we were convinced that the best candidate was someone who was already a member of the SAH family. It just demonstrates that we have in our midst some of the top physician talent anywhere in the country.”

After receiving her MD from the University of Toronto in 1986, Dr. O’Brien went on to complete her Internship and Residency in Anaesthesia at the University of Ottawa. 

After further training in Critical Care, she worked at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and was an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, involved in the training of residents and medical students. 

She obtained a Masters in Education Degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto in 2002 and was a locum in Sault Ste. Marie for many years before moving here to take up full-time practice and leadership of the Anaesthesia Department in 2006.

Since joining the Sault Area Hospital, Dr. O’Brien has also held the positions of medical director of Critical Care, VP and president of the Medical Staff Association, and has been fulfilling the role of vice president of Medical Affairs (VPMA) on an interim basis for the past year.

“I have a strong commitment to the people of Sault Ste. Marie and the Sault Area Hospital. I don’t take decisions of importance lightly. It took several years of recruitment efforts for me to decide to move my family and practice to Sault Ste. Marie, and it was absolutely the right decision,” stated Dr. O’Brien.

“I have learned so much from our local physician community, SAH Foundation and senior management team about partnerships and our future potential, that after fulfilling both chief of staff and VPMA roles on an interim basis, I am now convinced that I can be an integral member of the team that steadily moves our Sault Area Hospital forward along the journey toward Best,” she added. “I am looking forward to welcoming new physicians to our community and facing the challenges and successes that the coming years will hold.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dr. O’Brien for a number of years in her previous roles,” stated SAH President and CEO Ron Gagnon. “Having been a member of the senior management team since September 2011, I have come to admire and respect her talents and deep commitment to patient care even more. I am excited about what lies ahead under Dr. O’Brien’s medical leadership.”

For more information about SAH, visit here.

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Bach 11/19/2012 7:54:07 PM Report

Good Choice.
Prrrrrrr 11/19/2012 7:57:58 PM Report

Time will tell...
Beej 11/20/2012 7:23:31 AM Report

They need to get off their asses and get adequate professional staff hired so the unfortunate people with cancer don't have to go to Sudbury or elsewhere for timely/proper treatment. They are going through enough hell without being forced to travel and be away from their loved ones. There is no excuse for the way it is understaffed now, I repeat, NO EXCUSE.
Get it done.
dob131 11/20/2012 11:33:58 AM Report

Maybe they should look into paying thier security more money. I can't belive the doctors and nurses feel safe with security guards that only get minimum wage. Would you risk your safety for minimum wage? Probably not. Even the patients at the hospital are relying on the security for thier safety. You get what you pay for.
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