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New CEO Selected for the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority


Diane Kelly, chair of Interlake-Eastern RHA’s board of directors, has announced they’ve selected Ron Van Denakker as the RHA’s new chief executive officer (CEO).

 

“Ron’s extensive experience in health care, his educational background and his previous management experience, including his time as CEO of the former North Eastman Health Association, were factors in his favour with the nomination committee,” Kelly said.

 

Van Denakker had been appointed acting CEO upon the departure of former CEO, John Stinson.  Kelly said that Van Denakker’s history of leadership combined with his analytical skills will help the RHA focus on its priorities. Van Denakker will continue to roll out the board’s mandate for increased engagement with communities and rural municipalities in the region. He said he is looking forward to being a part of the region’s long-term planning.

 

“Thanks to the hard work and efforts of our staff, community partners and community leaders, we’ve made some significant accomplishments in the past three years. Our next step is to build upon all of that good work and look to the future as we develop a new five year strategic plan,” Van Denakker said. 

 

Van Denakker has invested over 30 years in health care. He started work as a radiographer and quickly moved into leadership positions that include technical director of the diagnostic imaging program and administrative director of the child health program with the Winnipeg RHA. He then became vice president of business development at Seven Oaks Hospital as well as executive director of the Wellness Institute. He has an undergraduate degree in design and a post graduation degree in health care administration as well as diplomas in radiography, ultrasound and hospital administration.

 

With his acceptance of the CEO position, Van Denakker leaves an opening in the RHA for vice president of corporate services.

 

“The overall corporate services team is very stable and well positioned to support the organization as it moves forward with clearly defined plans and projects. I will be moving quickly to ensure these services are well represented at the senior leadership table,” Van Denakker said.

 

Interlake-Eastern RHA has 3,200 staff members who service approximately 124,000 people in an area that represents one-tenth of Manitoba.

 

 

 

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