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CEO of Saskatchewan's Health Quality Council recognized

SASKATOON – Dr. Ben Chan, Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council, has been named Outstanding Young Health Executive of the Year by the Canadian Council of Health Services Executives (CCHSE). The annual award is presented to a young Canadian health executive who has demonstrated leadership in improving the effectiveness and sustainability of Canada’s health system.

Under the direction of Dr. Chan, the Health Quality Council (HQC) is measuring and reporting on quality of care in Saskatchewan and working with its partners to build a better health system. It is the first agency of its kind in Canada. HQC received a 2006 Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Award (SHEA) in recognition of its innovative work to improve patient care and safety.

Dan Florizone, newly appointed chair of the Council, says the award confirms what the HQC board recognized three years ago when it hired Dr. Chan.

“We have one of Canada’s best and brightest healthcare executives working to help improve the quality of healthcare in Saskatchewan,” says Florizone. “It is noteworthy that this award acknowledges the leadership of a ‘young’ executive, something this province is often criticized for exporting.”

Dr. Chan moved to Saskatchewan from Ontario, where he was a Senior Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto. He has worked as a locum family physician in over 60 rural communities and eight Canadian provinces and territories. Dr. Chan holds an MD from the University of Toronto, a Master of Public Health from Harvard and Master of Public Affairs from Princeton.

Dr. Chan says leadership in healthcare is about developing a compelling vision of where we want the system to go, then creating a great team to make it happen. “I have enjoyed working with my Board, the Department of Health, Regional Health Authorities, and our healthcare providers in developing that collective vision,” says Dr. Chan. “I’m very proud of the team we’ve created within the Health Quality Council, and of the many quality improvement teams we’ve worked with closely over the past three years.”

CCHSE is an educational and professional association of over 3,000 executives from across all sectors of health services.