Island Health President and CEO moving on

VANCOUVER ISLAND - Don Hubbard, Board Chair for the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) announced today that Dr. Brendan Carr has advised the Board of his decision to leave his role as President and CEO of Island Health.

Dr. Carr will take on the role of President and CEO at the William Osler Health System (Osler) in Ontario, a move that enables him to be closer to his family. Dr. Carr is also eager to bring his skills and experience into such a highly regarded, dynamic and forward leaning organization as Osler, one of the largest hospital systems in Ontario.

“Dr. Carr leaves a proud legacy in Island Health, having developed a strong leadership team and a record of innovation and achievement,” said Hubbard. “He has led the team in delivering strong operational programs and placed renewed focus on our quality and patient safety agenda.” 

Dr. Carr joined Island Health in 2012 as Executive Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer, moving to the role of President and CEO one year later. Prior to joining the health authority, he served as Vice-President of Medicine with the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax and as an assistant professor with Dalhousie University. Dr. Carr specialized in emergency and family medicine, receiving his medical degree from Dalhousie University, where he also earned his master’s degree in business administration.

“Dr. Carr’s vision to build Island Health’s reputation as one that is engaged with its patients, employees, and communities has been instrumental in ensuring that these key partners are involved in influencing and shaping the delivery of health and health care services,” said Hubbard.

Until a new leader is in place, the Board has named Kathy MacNeil as interim President and CEO. Ms. MacNeil currently serves as Island Health’s Executive Vice-President, Quality, Safety and Experience.  

“We will miss Dr. Carr’s leadership, passion for quality and excellence in patient safety. We all wish him and his family the very best for the future. On behalf of the Board of Directors I extend a heartfelt thank you to Brendan for his service to our organization and the communities we serve,” concluded Hubbard.

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