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New Interior Health chair, board members appointed under new government

A file photo of former Interior Health chair John O'Fee.
Image Credit: CONTRIBUTED/Interior Health
September 22, 2017 - 1:11 PM

With regime change in the B.C. Legislature comes a purge at boards and offices across the province and it's begun at Interior Health.

Former chair and well-known community leader in Kamloops, John O'Fee was appointed less than a year ago. He is now out, along with board member Renee Wasylyk.

The provincial government announced in a news release today, Sept. 22, that Dr. Doug Cochrane would be the new board chair of Interior Health.

The Health Ministry has also switched things up in other health authorities across the province.

“The new and existing board chairs share a long history of public service, community work, and experience in the private sector, labour, health care and research,” Health Minister Adrian Dix says in the release. “Our goal as a government is to provide leadership for a strong, innovative and responsive public health-care system, and we are confident that these appointments will support this goal.”

Selena Lawrie and Cindy Stewart have been named new board members for Interior Health.

According to the release, Cochrane is the chair and provincial patient safety and quality officer of the B.C. Patient Safety and Quality Council. He's a retired professor of neurosurgery at UBC.

Cochrane is also the former chair of the B.C. Patient Safety Taskforce, and has served as a board member for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

Lawrie is a family physician and site director for the UBC Family Practice Residency Program in Kamloops. She's also the president of Supporting Team Excellence with Patients Society, and a committee member representative for the Health Ministry in the Physicians Health Program.

Stewart is the retired president of the Health Sciences Association of B.C. She also served as vice president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, and as a member of the executive board of the National Union of Public and General Employees.

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