Glavine names George McLellan administrator of health authorities

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Cumberland health board and others all finished on July 1

HALIFAX – Health Minister Leo Glavine has taken another step in the transition to one health authority for the province.

The minister met with district health authority board chairs on Friday to express his appreciation for their service, and share the appointment of an administrator leading up to the consolidation of the health system on April 1, 2015.

"I want to thank all of the board members who have served the health system and their communities. We owe a debt of gratitude to these volunteers," said Glavine. "These leaders, along with their boards, have continued to offer input and support during this period of transition and, out of respect and appreciation, I wanted to personally inform them of our plans to transfer governance later this month."

The services of the voluntary boards of directors of the nine boards will be no longer be required under the Health Authorities Act, as of June 30.

George McLellan, a senior administrator with significant board and volunteer experience, will become the administrator July 1. There will no impact on delivery of health services and programs. The IWK Health Centre will remain a separate entity, so its board of directors will not be affected.

The CEOs of the health authorities will begin reporting to McLellan on July 1.  

McLellan will oversee the nine authorities until the new provincial board is in place. His responsibilities will include approving credentialing and privileging physicians, monitoring quality and patient-safety risks, business planning and financial monitoring. He will not design the future structure.

"We are pleased that Mr. McLellan has agreed to take on this extremely important role and have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead the system into this change," said Glavine. "Having a provincial administrator with a provincial view will be of tremendous value as we begin to ready these organizations for the new structure."

The minister said July is an appropriate time to transfer authority to an administrator as the boards do not meet during the summer.

It is typical to select a board administrator to provide consistent oversight before the new board is created. The authorities will remain as legal entities until the board of directors for the new health authority is recruited and oriented early next year to begin April 1, 2015.

McLellan is originally from Sydney and has held numerous roles in government, provincial and municipal, and recently retired from his role as president and CEO of Medavie/EMS.

McLellan has served on a number of boards, and has been active in fundraising, including the initial capital campaign for the QEII Hospital. He is a member of the board of governors of Dalhousie University, as well as the boards of Accreditation Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Health Care Improvement.

Organizations: Cumberland health board, IWK Health Centre, EMS QEII Hospital Dalhousie University Accreditation Canada Canadian Foundation for Health Care Improvement

Geographic location: Sydney

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    June 06, 2014 - 20:58 NDP Health critic Dave Wilson says the Liberals are acting recklessly by eliminating community volunteers and replacing them with a centrally located health administrator in Halifax. He says the government should have waited until it introduced the appropriate legislation prior to making drastic changes to the health care system. “With no plan and no budget, Leo Glavine has just placed the administration of our entire health care system under the control of a single person in Halifax,” said Wilson. “This will do nothing to improve health care in our province and will only create confusion. The members of the health boards have worked very hard and they deserve our thanks.” Wilson says the most confusing element of today’s Liberal announcement is that it will not save the province any money. “I’m really not sure why the Liberals chose this particular Friday afternoon to announce that the services of health boards would no longer be required,” said Wilson. “The members of these boards are volunteers. This won’t save the province any money, it will just take away the voice of rural communities in the administration of health care.” He added, “They’ve just put in place another administrator the province will have to pay for at the expense of front line care.” Wilson said the Liberals recently provided a time frame for DHA amalgamation and already they have broken it. “Just two days ago the Minister released a report that said he wanted to work with health boards to implement his amalgamation plan, then he turns around with no notice and eliminates them,” said Wilson. “I have to ask why the Liberals are in such a big hurry to announce that George MacLellan is taking on this role today? Why didn’t they wait until they had a plan in place to properly replace the boards?”