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Saskatchewan’s HQC appoints new CEO

SASKATOON – The board of Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council announced that it has appointed Bonnie Brossart (pictured) as the agency’s new Chief Executive Officer. Ms Brossart has served as interim CEO since July 2007.

Dan Florizone, chair of HQC, said the board is pleased Ms. Brossart has agreed to take on this leadership role. “These are exciting times for our organization,” said Florizone. “We are moving forward on our new strategic plan. We are seeing positive changes in the system in response to our improvement initiatives. And we are looking forward to working with a new government and a new Minister of Health. Bonnie is the right person to lead the Health Quality Council during this next phase of its important work to improve patient care for Saskatchewan residents.”

Bonnie Brossart has been with the Health Quality Council since its launch in January 2003. Prior to her appointment as interim CEO, she served as Deputy CEO for just over three years and co-led the Saskatchewan Chronic Disease Management Collaborative, one of the province’s largest quality improvement initiatives ever undertaken.

Before joining HQC, she was a researcher with a health services research agency, a large tertiary hospital in Calgary, and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

Over the past decade, Bonnie has led or been involved in a number of ground-breaking research projects, including:

• analyses of regional variation in health service use;

• an evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of after-hospital home care, and,

• an innovative examination of the impact of funding cuts to rural hospitals in the early 1990s.

Bonnie Brossart received her BA (Economics) from the University of Calgary and her MA (Economics) from McMaster University.

The Health Quality Council (HQC) is an independent agency that measures and reports on quality of care in Saskatchewan, promotes improvement, and engages its partners in building a better health system.