Two Sault doctors appointed to leadership positionsWednesday, October 09, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
SAULT AREA HOSPITAL
Sault Area Hospital (SAH) is proud to announce the appointments of Dr. Silvana Spadafora and Dr. David Berry to medical leadership positions in the North East region.
Dr. Spadafora, Medical Director of the SAH-based Algoma District Cancer Program, has been named as one of two Regional Clinical and Quality Leads for Systemic (chemotherapy) Treatment for the Northeast. Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) has established these positions across the province through its partnerships with Regional Cancer Programs including the North East Cancer Centre.
Dr Spadafora will provide support to the achievement of the provincial and regional systemic treatment program goals by championing quality improvement and access efforts and improving the organization of systemic treatment for patients in the Northeast.
Dr. Spadafora has been practising in her hometown of Sault Ste. Marie 19 years and her extensive knowledge of the delivery of oncology services in the region, as well as the Cancer Care Ontario model for improving services in the province, will be a tremendous asset to the North East Cancer Centre’s team.
“I am thrilled that Dr Spadafora has joined our clinical leadership team in this role. Not only is she well respected by her colleagues in the region and across the province for her clinical skills and experience, but she has a great understanding of CCO’s approach to quality improvement,” says Mark Hartman, Vice-President, Regional Cancer Services and Medical Imaging, Health Sciences North and Regional Vice-President, Cancer Care Ontario.
“As our team implements CCO’s Ontario Cancer Plan in the Northeast, Dr Spadafora brings the perspective of cancer care in the Algoma District, ensuring we have input from across the region.”
Dr. David Berry has been appointed by the Ontario Renal Network (ORN) as the Regional Medical Lead for the North East region. With more than 11 years’ experience in nephrology (renal), Dr. Berry is currently the Medical Director of the Algoma Regional Renal Program at Sault Area Hospital, where he has practised for the last nine years since arriving from Rouge Valley Health System (Centenary site).
The ORN was established in 2009 to provide overall leadership and strategic direction to effectively organize and manage the delivery of renal services in Ontario in a consistent and coordinated manner.
A strong partnership of medical and administrative leadership provincially, regionally and at sites across the province has resulted in improved access to care and services as close to home as possible for chronic kidney disease patients.
“Dr. Berry brings to the ORN a deep interest in all aspects of care for kidney disease patients from preventative strategies to improving the flow of care for these patients within the health care system. We are very excited to have him on our regional leadership team and at the provincial leadership table,” says Rebecca Harvey, Vice-President of the ORN.
“Working with the ORN’s North East Regional Director and the clinical team, he will play a critical role by providing strategic guidance to improve the delivery and system performance of renal services in the region.”
“The appointments of Dr. Spadafora and Dr. Berry are not only extremely well-deserved but also indicative of the calibre of medical leaders we have here at Sault Area Hospital,” said Dr. Heather O’Brien, SAH Chief of Staff and Medical Affairs.
“We are extremely proud and fortunate to have such a distinguished and respected group of physicians providing exceptional care to our patients.”
To find out more about Sault Area Hospital, including the Algoma District Cancer Program and the Algoma Regional Renal Program, please visit: www.sah.on.ca.