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NORTHWEST HEALTH ALLIANCE WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Northwest Health Alliance

 Thunder Bay, ON ─ August 16, 2016 ─ Jocelyn Bourgoin, Chair of the Board of the Northwest Health Alliance (NWHA), is pleased to announce that David Murray will be joining the NWHA as its new executive director effective September 1, 2016. David brings considerable experience to his new role having spent the majority of his career in health care within the community and hospital sectors. The NWHA is pleased to have found a unique northern solution in its choice of a new executive director. David has been a force of transformation in health care across the region and the province and his leadership talents are best used where they are needed the most, in Northwestern Ontario. Bourgoin stated; “David’s unique abilities to bring different views together at the table and his varied experience in community and institutional care are what is needed for the NWHA’s future in the coming years. We are happy to have him lead our team”.

The NWHA is expanding its role as a shared services corporation with the intent to provide a range of shared services to all of the Health Service Providers (HSPs) in the Northwest Local Health Integration Network (North West LHIN). Murray mentioned that “The benefits of working together are significant. It allows providers to standardize their operations and introduce best practices which are key factors in improving quality and outcomes. Also working together creates better economies of scale. The opportunity to build on the successes we have already achieved will allow the NWHA to improve access to services and help to make our system more sustainable. I’m excited to be part of the expansion of the NWHA over the next few years.”

Murray is currently chief executive officer (CEO) of the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre and will remain involved with Meno Ya Win as their CEO until a new CEO is recruited.

Finally, Chair Bourgoin thanked Bruce Sutton for his role over the past many months while acting as the interim executive director of the NWHA. Bourgoin said, “Interim executive director Bruce Sutton, who interrupted a well-earned retirement to assist in the transition, is happy to re-retire again and salvage what he can from a missed golf season.”

QUICK FACTS:
•    David Murray will be joining the Northwest Health Alliance as its new executive director effective September 1, 2016.
•    David Murray is the current CEO of the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) in Sioux Lookout, Ontario and will remain involved with them until a new CEO is recruited.
•    Before joining SLMHC David was the CEO of the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre. Prior to holding this position he held other CEO positions within the health care sector, such as inaugural CEO of the North East LHIN, President and CEO of the nationally recognized Group Health Centre in Sault Ste. Marie and CEO of the Kenora Rainy River CCAC.
•    The Northwest Health Alliance (NWHA) is a shared service organization that facilitates collaboration and integration among health service providers to improve the delivery of health care for patients in Northwestern Ontario. The project management and decision support offices collaborate to manage regional initiatives such as ConnectingOntario Northern and Eastern Region (ConnectingOntario NER) and Resource Matching and Referral (RM&R) programs.


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