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Saint Elizabeth Health Care CEO launches blog

MARKHAM, Ont. – Shirlee Sharkey (pictured), president and chief executive officer of Saint Elizabeth Health Care, an innovator and leader in the delivery of home and community care, has launched a blog to share ideas on redesigning the Canadian health system.

Sharkey spotlights and briefly analyzes insights and creative perspectives from inside and outside the health sector to help re-imagine how we understand, evaluate and structure our healthcare system. She also talks about her experiences achieving organizational growth, building a culture of innovation and managing transformational change.

Many of us know that our health system would benefit from new ways of thinking to address challenges afoot, says Sharkey. We just need to figure out how to get there. Sharing and leveraging the web to dip into the dynamic reservoir of imaginative ideas and possibilities, some of which reside outside the healthcare space, will help to lead us in this direction.

To date, the blog features entries on:

How healthcare can learn from the arts;

Leadership Tip: There’s no half-singing in the shower;

Why we should bend straight lines in healthcare;

My thoughts on the Toronto Stars Begging for Care series.

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About Shirlee Sharkey
Shirlee Sharkey is president and chief executive officer of Saint Elizabeth Health Care, a leader in home and community care. Her recent accolades include: the 2010 Innovation Award for Health Care Leadership from the Canadian College of Health Leaders; the University of Toronto’s Graduate Leadership Award, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, in 2008; Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Women’s Executive Network, in 2007; Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership, Ontario Hospital Association, in 2005; a Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Sharkey is a past chair of George Brown College in Toronto and a former president of the Canadian Home Care Association and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. In 2007, she was appointed by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care as an expert advisor on staffing and care standards for long-term care homes in Ontario. Internationally, she is chair of the World Homecare and Hospice Organization. Sharkey is also an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

About Saint Elizabeth Health Care
Saint Elizabeth Health Care has been a trusted name in Canadian health care for more than a century and is a leader in responding to client, family and system needs. As an award-winning not-for-profit and charitable organization, Saint Elizabeth is known for its track record of social innovation and breakthrough clinical practices. Our team of more than 5,000 nurses, rehab therapists and personal support workers deliver nearly five million healthcare visits annually.

Posted April 7, 2011