New chair for Saskatchwan’s Health Quality Council
REGINA – Saskatchewan Health Minister Len Taylor has
announced the appointment of Dan Florizone as the new Chairperson of the
province’s Health Quality Council (HQC).
The current CEO of Five Hills Health Region will replace Dr. Stewart
McMillan. Florizone has served as Assistant Deputy Minister for
Saskatchewan Health, and as CEO for both rural and urban health
organizations throughout the province.
“Mr. Florizone will bring a wealth of health sector experience to the
already impressive range of skills and expertise on the Health Quality
Council board,” Taylor said. “I am confident that under his direction,
this group will continue to provide the leadership that has placed the
HQC at the forefront in promoting quality improvement in a variety of
areas across the health sector.”
“I appreciate the opportunity to work in this challenging role on issues
that affect every resident of our province, and look forward to working
with the outstanding group of people associated with the Health Quality
Council,” Florizone said.
Five other current board members are being re-appointed for three-year
terms: Dr. Marlene Smadu (Vice-Chairperson), Dr. Peter Barrett, Dr.
Daniel Fox, Dr. Steven Lewis and Cecile Hunt. For a complete list of
board members and their bios, visit
The Health Quality Council, the first agency of its kind in Canada, was
established by the provincial government in 2002 as part of The Action
Plan for Saskatchewan Health Care. In his 2001 report, consultant Ken
Fyke recommended creation of an agency focused on improving the quality
The Health Quality Council is an independent agency led by an appointed
board of provincial, national and international health leaders. The HQC
measures and reports on the quality of healthcare in Saskatchewan, and
promotes improvements through partnerships with a wide variety of
organizations. It received a 2006 Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence
Award (SHEA) in recognition of its innovative work.