Interior Health has dipped into Alberta’s executive health management resources to hire a new president and chief executive officer.
And Chris Mazurkewich, who starts his new job officially Oct. 26, is no stranger to IH, as he was chief operating officer, strategic and corporate services, for the health region from its inception in 2002 until 2009.
Mazurkewich spent the last four years working for Alberta Health Services, most recently as executive vice-president and chief operating officer for the provincial agency. In this role, he worked in close partnership with the chief medical officer overseeing the clinical operations of the Alberta health service delivery system, which includes more than 100 hospitals, community and residential care programs, and support services, with a budget of almost $10 billion.
“With a wealth of Canadian health system experience, a broad skill set, and in-depth knowledge of our health authority, Mr. Mazurkewich is an excellent individual to lead our organization as we build on the quality improvements we have made over the years and establish new successes into the future,” said Erwin Malzer, chair of the Interior Health board.
“As a strategic systems thinker, he will be a good fit with our high functioning executive and senior leadership teams – guiding us as we improve the cost effectiveness of our acute care system; accelerate a robust community care system; and better address population health needs in order to reduce future growth in demand on hospital and facility-based care.”
“Interior Health sets a high standard for providing care for seniors, families, and all residents,” added Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “As our population continues to grow and age, Chris Mazurkewich has the experience and proven track record to help ensure that our record investments continue to result in world-leading health outcomes.”
Earlier this summer, Dr. Robert Halpenny announced his intention to resign as president and chief executive officer to pursue other opportunities.
“Interior Health has been privileged to have an individual of Dr. Halpenny’s calibre lead our organizational journey for the past five and a half years and he will be missed,” said Malzer. “Mr. Mazurkewich is joining a health authority with more than 20,000 professional and engaged staff and physicians committed to high-quality care for their patients, clients, and residents – a testament to the work of Dr. Halpenny.”