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Ontario government announces new health results team

TORONTO – Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman announced the next step in the government’s plan to improve the healthcare system: the creation of a new “health results team.

Hugh MacLeod, an associate deputy minister at the health ministry, will serve as the team’s executive lead. MacLeod will be supported by a team of industry leaders that includes:

• Dr. Alan Hudson, president and CEO of Cancer Care Ontario, as lead of access to services/wait times;

• Dr. Jim MacLean, president and CEO of Markham Stouffville Hospital, as lead of primary care;

• Gail Paech, former assistant deputy minister, long-term care redevelopment project, as lead of systems integration;

• Adalsteinn Brown, professor in the University of Toronto’s department of health policy, as lead of information management;

• Public affairs professional Gloria Bishop, lead of external communications;

• Former Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall, lead of community relations.

“This team of tremendously experienced and creative people will drive forward the implementation of our healthcare transformation priorities,” Smitherman said. Smitherman also highlighted other key actions the ministry is taking to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare:

Development of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to better plan, co-ordinate and fund the delivery of healthcare services at the local level;

• Strategy to bring down wait times for cardiac care, cancer care, hip and knee replacements, cataracts and MRIs;

• Investing in community-based care in five signature areas: long-term care, home care, community mental health, public health and prevention, and primary care through the creation of 150 Family Health Teams.

The text of the Smitherman’s speech is available on the ministry’swebsite at:

Listed below are the biographies for MacLeod and sixteam members.

Hugh MacLeod (Executive Lead)
Hugh MacLeod has been the assistant deputy minister of the ministry’s acute services division since February 2003. He has considerable experience in the health sector, having previously served in several senior level positions in British Columbia. Hugh MacLeod has served as associate faculty in the masters of arts leadership program at Royal Roads University, part-time faculty in the health studies program at the British Columbia Institute Of Technology and the University of British Columbia, and associate faculty in the master of public safety program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Gloria Bishop (Lead of External Communications)
Gloria Bishop is a public affairs professional with an extensive background in broadcasting and communications at senior production and management levels. From 1998 to 2002, Bishop was vice-president of public affairs and communications at the University Health Network, where she was responsible for internal and external communications of one of the largest healthcare organizations in Canada. Prior to that she was Executive Producer of the widely acclaimed “Morningside” show on CBC Radio from 1984 to 1989 and 1995 to 1997. Bishop was also program director/chief journalist at CBC Radio Networks and Director of Radio at CBC Toronto Radio.

Adalsteinn Brown (Lead of Information Management)
Adalsteinn Brown is an assistant professor in the department of health policy at the University of Toronto and the principal investigator for the Hospital Report Research Collaborative – an independently researched series released each year by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA). Brown is a member of the scientific advisory committee for the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, an adjunct at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Ontario, an instructor in the department of family medicine at the University of Western Ontario, and an associate of the Center for Health Policy at Stanford University. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, he worked for a private healthcare management-consulting firm with clients in Canada, the United States, Europe and the Far East.

Barbara Hall (Lead of Community Relations)
Barbara Hall has dedicated 35 years working within various communities as a lawyer, community worker and politician. In 1997, Hall was appointed by the federal government to chair the national strategy on community safety and crime prevention. Her municipal experience began in 1985, when she was elected, for the first of three terms, as city councillor for a diverse downtown ward. From1994 to 1997, Hall served as mayor of the City of Toronto. Prior to entering public life, Hall ran a general law practice in Toronto, and was a probation officer in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Alan Hudson (Lead of Access to Services/Wait Times)
Dr. Alan Hudson, president and CEO of Cancer Care Ontario since April 2002, has led the integration of 11 cancer centres with their host hospitals. From 1991 to 2000, Dr. Hudson was president and CEO of Toronto’s University Health Network. During that time, he led the integration of Princess Margaret Hospital with the Toronto Hospital and the incorporation of Doctor’s Hospital, creating the University Health Network. Prior to being appointed president and CEO, Dr. Hudson served as McCutcheon chair and surgeon in chief at Toronto Hospital from 1989 to 1991. And from 1970 to 1989, Dr. Hudson was a leading neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, where he co-founded a laboratory which garnered an international reputation for innovation in neurosurgery research.

Dr. Jim MacLean (Lead of Primary Care)
Dr. Jim MacLean has been president and CEO of Markham Stouffville Hospital since April 1999, having previously served as chief of staff at the hospital from May 1986 until November 1998. Dr. MacLean chaired the York Region district health council’s task force responsible for redeveloping healthcare services for York Region. He is currently the chair of the Toronto East Network (TEN) CEO group. Dr. MacLean is also a member of the OHA’s eHealth council and management board’s advisory committee on e-government. In addition, he serves on the board of Smart Systems for Health Agency, the Child Health Network, and the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada.

Gail Paech (Lead of System Integration)
Gail Paech has been an assistant deputy minister at the health ministry since July 1998. Most recently, Paech led the work of the expert panel on SARS and infectious disease control. In March 2000, Paech was appointed to the position of assistant deputy minister of the long-term care redevelopment project. She was responsible for overseeing the development of 20,000 new long-term care beds and the redevelopment of close to 16,000 beds in the existing long-term care facilities. Paech began her career as a nurse and has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare field. She served as president and CEO of Toronto East General Hospital and has also held a variety of senior positions in education, research, management and consulting.