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December 3, 2008
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Island Health Advisory Council Co-Chairs Announced


Today, Minister of Health, Doug Currie, announced the Co-Chairs for the new Island Health Advisory Council. Dr. Rosemary Henderson and Mr. Ron Maynard have both accepted the positions. The Advisory Council will consult with Islanders and recommend an appropriate governance model for the health system.

Two weeks ago Minister Currie unveiled the Corpus Sanchez Report, which examined the health care system on Prince Edward Island. That report identified a number of recommendations to more effectively deliver health care to Islanders. At that time, Minister Currie outlined a series of steps that would be taken to secure the future of health care, which included dissolving the five community hospital boards and announcing the creation of an advisory council on health governance.

“We believe our future depends on working together as one Island community, with one Island future and one Island health system,” said Minister Currie. “Work on a new, unified and integrated health care system is underway and I am pleased to report that dedicated staff, physicians and community partners are enthusiastically stepping up to offer their valuable input, support and leadership for change.”

Dr. Rosemary Henderson is the Medical Director for the Department of Laboratory Medicine and a Pathologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. She is one of the Island's most respected physicians and has been involved with many organizations including the Medical Society of Prince Edward Island and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation. Dr. Henderson is known for her generosity, compassion, exemplary work ethic and commitment to providing quality health services.

Mr. Ron Maynard, one of Prince Edward Island's most upstanding citizens, also accepted the position of co-chair along side Dr. Henderson. Mr. Maynard is a dairy farmer and partner in Port Hill Milking Company. He is the current Vice-President of Dairy Farmers of Canada, past Chairman of the PEI Milk Marketing Board, past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Stewart Memorial Hospital and served on the Board of East Prince Health from 1994-2002.

“On behalf of all Islanders, I'd like to thank Dr. Henderson and Mr. Maynard for agreeing to lead the Advisory Council,” said Minister Currie. “They reflect our commitment to establishing a council that includes a balance of rural and urban representatives, one that includes health professionals, community leaders and advocates. I would also like to thank the members of the former boards for their dedication to their communities and hospitals.”

Media Contact: Maureen Flanagan-LeClair
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