FROM THE CEO: New Vice President – Priority Populations & Initiatives

From the President and CEO

Earlier this year I shared that I would be creating the position of Vice President – Priority Populations and Initiatives to lead the important strategy development work and monitor progress to help our integrated system of care for key populations and services.  

Today, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Cheryl Damstetter as Vice President – Priority Populations and Initiatives. Cheryl will start in this position the week of August 6, 2018.

Through nearly a decade of service with Island Health, Cheryl has clearly demonstrated her passion for our key populations, ensuring organizational decision making is focussed on our most vulnerable people and communities. Throughout her leadership—whether with Child, Youth and Family Services; Public Health; Mental Health and Substance Use; Seniors; and most recently Primary Care—Cheryl has placed the people we serve at the front of her thinking and actions, showing incredible determination to help create a better tomorrow for those most needing our support. Cheryl’s knowledge of our population and her experience with Island Health will serve her well in this new role. I am confident that she will continue to be a tremendous asset for Island Health in our journey forward.

I have asked Cheryl, Elin Bjarnason (Vice President – Clinical Service Delivery) and Dr. Jeremy Etherington (Vice President – Medicine, Quality and Academic Affairs) to work together to ensure a fully integrated approach to the development of strategy and implementation into service delivery. That is what our care teams have asked for, and that is what our patients and families expect and deserve. Cheryl will also bring to conversations with her colleagues the critical importance of connecting our work to our partners in addressing the social determinants of health and helping create vibrant and healthy communities.

By ensuring we keep the people who most need our support at the front of our minds we will create the system of health and care that is outlined in our vision of excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.