New executive director at CHUM hired from France
MONTREAL – The Centre hospitalier
de l’université de Montréal has recruited a top hospital administrator
from France to serve as its executive director. Christian Paire has been
hired with a four-year contract, and will start in November.
Speaking in Montreal about the controversial plan to build the new $2.5
billion CHUM super-hospital as a public-private partnership, Paire
expressed some reservations. .
While saying he is not “ideologically bound” either to the PPP option or
the “classic model” of having the government build hospitals, he said
that, “In France, we tested out the PPP formula on (hospital) operations
that were smaller than the one that’s being planned here,” he said. “For
me, the first observation I can make is it’s always interesting to start
out with something that’s perhaps less ambitious.”
Paire also expressed concern about the rigidity of some PPPs when it
comes to accommodating new medical technology. “Technology evolves very
quickly,” he said. “We have to have a maximum of flexibility.”
In 1980, at age 31, Paire was appointed executive director of a
pediatric hospital in Paris. Since 2002, he had served as executive
director of the CHU-HÃ´pitaux de Rouen, in charge of 8,000 employees and
an annual budget of 550 million euros.
Paire replaces Denis Roy as the CHUM’s top administrator. In June 2008,
Roy lost his job amid concerns over the quality of management and his
failure to secure $112 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for
Innovation for research activities.
Paire said he sees parallels between the debate surrounding the future
CHUM and the frustration over delays in building the Hôpital Européen
Georges Pompidou in Paris. The French hospital was finally erected in
2000 after much discussion about its location, as has been the case with
the future home of the CHUM.
But Paire insisted that Montrealers move ahead with the CHUM project. As
for his concerns about PPPs, he said he will make his opinions known
once he learns more about the project.
Posted October 22, 2009