Out of Bond-age

The province's chief nurse executive has been restructured out of her job. In an email sent to staff last week, health services deputy minister Gordon Macatee told them "the work currently carried out within the Patient Safety, Clinical Innovation and Chief Nurse Executive Division would fit more appropriately in other areas of the Ministry. As a result, Paula Bond is leaving the Ministry and her ADM role will not be refilled. I want to thank Paula for her contributions to the ministry, to nursing in the province and to the system redesign projects she has lead." The following is a complete copy of that email, which was distributed last week.

From: Macatee, Gordon HLTH:EX
Sent: Tue 08/07/2008 4:07 PM
To: HLTH All Ministry Staff
Subject: Organizational Update

When the Throne Speech was introduced earlier this spring, government articulated a goal of building an efficient, effective, integrated health system that promotes the health of all citizens. While the theme of integration is one that we actively promote across the health sector, we also have an obligation to reflect that principle in our own work. With the recent realignment in services across government as a whole, we have been looking at our executive structure and considering how the principle of integration might be applied internally to reduce duplication and concentrate our resources on key priority files.

Given that, we have decided to make some structural changes to better align the work of the Ministry within portfolios and after much consideration determined the work currently carried out within the Patient Safety, Clinical Innovation and Chief Nurse Executive Division would fit more appropriately in other areas of the Ministry. As a result, Paula Bond is leaving the Ministry and her ADM role will not be refilled. I want to thank Paula for her contributions to the ministry, to nursing in the province and to the system redesign projects she has lead.

Effective immediately, reassignments are as follows:

Patient Safety Branch, with responsibilities to develop and implement strategies to ensure best practice in patient safety across the province, to improve clinical outcomes and the Clinical Innovation Branch, with responsibilities for the identification of evidence-based innovation and best practices for the purpose of improving health service delivery and patient outcomes through innovation to ensure a provincially coordinated, consistent and integrated approach with respect to quality improvements in BC will be transferred to the Health Authorities Division, under the leadership of Wendy Hill, Assistant Deputy Minister, who will also take on the Chief Nurse Executive role in an acting capacity. Wendy holds a Masters in Nursing and is Past President, Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses.

Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) Licensing Team which provides administrative and functional support to the EMA Licensing Board and the Board of Hearing Aid Dealers and Consultants which superintends the practice of fitting and dispensing hearing aids, will be transferred to the Corporate Policy, Legislation and Intergovernmental Division, under the leadership of Craig Knight, Assistant Deputy Minister.

Divisional responsibilities for nurse health human resource planning and training programs will be transferred to the Health Human Resources Division, under the leadership of Valerie St. John, Assistant Deputy Minister.

The Patient Safety, Clinical Innovation and Chief Nurse Executive Division has achieved great success over the past few years and I am very grateful the energy and commitment demonstrated by this group will not be lost, but realigned in more appropriate ways to assist us in delivering on our broader strategic goals.

Should you have questions about these changes, please do not hesitate to contact your supervisor.


Gordon Macatee,
Deputy Minister

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