Interior Health chairman and director tenures come to an end

Norman Embree and David Goldsmith close out their terms serving on the IH board of directors.

This year, Dec. 31 will mark more than the year’s end for two members of Interior Health’s board of directors, as chair Norman Embree and director David Goldsmith complete their tenures.

“Norm and David have been unwavering in their dedication to health care in the Southern Interior,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “With their focus on quality, improved communication, and engagement, their guidance and governance has been a great asset to Interior Health.”

During their terms the board maintained an emphasis on quality improvement, hired Interior Health’s current president and CEO Dr. Robert Halpenny, and continued to build relationships with First Nations throughout the region, among other developments.

Embree, who lives in the Shuswap area, has served on the board of directors since 2007 and has been chair since 2008.

“I have truly enjoyed my term on the board of directors. Health care is an incredibly complex and rewarding field that touches everyone, young and old and from all walks of life,” said Embree.  “It truly has been a great experience. Looking forward, the board is well positioned to continue to provide effective guidance and oversight.”

Goldsmith, who lives in the Columbia Valley, has served on the board of directors since 2008.

“I want to thank my board colleagues and everyone at Interior Health for supporting me in my position over the past six years,” said Goldsmith. “I have been constantly impressed with the level of dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism brought to the job every day by our staff. Staff at all levels and our physician teams are exemplary.”

Board director Erwin Malzer of Kelowna will step into the role of chair effective Jan. 1.

The Interior Health board of directors oversees operations, works with management to establish overall strategic direction for the organization, and ensures appropriate community consultation. The board also regularly reviews the organization’s long-term plans, significant issues affecting the organization, and evaluates results. Board members are appointed by the Minister of Health through Ministerial Order.


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