Roy steps down as CHUM’s executive
MONTREAL – Dr.
Denis Roy (pictured), executive director of the Centre hospitalier de
l’Université de Montréal, resigned earlier this month amid concerns over
poor management of the large-scale health complex.
Dr. Roy had served as the CHUM’s executive director since 2002.
Previously, he was director of professional services at the McGill
University Health Centre. But of late he was the target of criticism by
disgruntled staff members, according to a report in the Montreal
The CHUM has struggled to retain doctors and nurses under Roy’s tenure.
Overtime costs for nursing care has soared, while the McGill centre
performed much better, former Health Minister Philippe Couillard said in
March this year.
The CHUM also ran into problems attracting $112 million in funding from
the Canada Foundation for Innovation, a federal corporation. By
comparison, the MUHC has succeeded in obtaining $100 million in funding
from the CFI for its future research centre.
As director of professional services at the MUHC, Roy had been
criticized for his handling of a fungus outbreak at the Royal Victoria
Hospital. Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc was so concerned with the
state of affairs at the Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal
that he requested an urgent meeting, soon after being appointed the new
“The retention of personnel and accessibility of care are things that
worry Minister Bolduc and that’s why he requested a meeting,” said
Marie-Eve Bédard, Bolduc’s press attaché.
In particular, the minister wants to know more about how the CHUM is
managing its ERs, Bédard added. The CHUM is comprised of three
hospitals, Notre Dame, St. Luc and Hôtel Dieu. A shortage of doctors is
so acute at Hôtel Dieu that it has reportedly considered closing its ER
service overnight for the summer.
“The CHUM’s performance is not at the level that we would expect of an
establishment of this importance,” Bédard continued. “The minister is
worried about the CHUM’s results, in comparison with other institutions
(like the McGill University Health Centre.)”
The board of directors had not yet announced who will fill Roy’s
position until a new executive director is selected.