As Vice President of Integrated Urban Health, Sharon Garratt and her Physician Executive dyad, Dr. Mark Wahba, co-lead Primary Health Care, Acute Care and Continuing Care portfolios in both Saskatoon and Regina. In her role as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), she champions high-quality patient care provided by expert nursing professionals working within strong integrated teams, increases Saskatchewan Health Authority involvement in nursing research and works with nursing leaders across the province to improve nursing practice.
Sharon is a patient-centred, strategic health care leader who brings a unique depth and breadth of experience with a nursing career that spanned long-term care, public health and acute care. Her career progressed from front-line nurse to Public Health Nurse Manager, Director of the System-Wide Admission Discharge Department, Executive Director of Women’s and Children’s Health, and Vice President in the former Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, where she was responsible for surgery, women’s and children’s health, specialized ambulatory care, and clinical quality and professional practice.
Sharon holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University. As a Registered Nurse, she also holds active registration status with the Saskatchewan Registered Nursing Association.
As an Executive Director of Primary Health Care, Regina within the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Sheila is accountable for the oversight and integration of the following services: Primary Care, Therapies, Public Health, Population Health, Medical Health Officer and Home Care.
Sheila has 25 years of health care experience in a variety of roles including 10 years dedicated to quality improvement, system change and managing large regional change initiatives across the former Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR). As the Director of Strategic planning for RQHR in 2010/11, she successfully introduced a new planning process to the region. Sheila served as the Executive Director of Urban Primary Health Care services for the RQHR from 2014-2017 and most recently as Executive Transition Lead for Primary Health Care. Sheila led the Urban Primary Health Care team to realign services into primary health care networks. With expertise in transformational change, she has used her skills to redesign the system to integrate providers into comprehensive community care teams to improve service delivery, decrease reliance on the acute care system and improve the health of communities.
Sheila is highly committed to strengthening primary health care and community services and believes her love of learning is her greatest asset.
As an Executive Director of Acute Care, Regina within the Saskatchewan Health Authority, John Ash will provide leadership for the Regina acute care services in the following areas: Emergency Room, Medicine and Surgical Inpatient Care, Trauma Care, Ambulatory Care, Social Work and Spiritual Care.
Throughout his career John has held a number of leadership positions, which include Executive Director, Office of Quality and Strategy Management, Executive Director of Patient Flow, Pharmacy and Respiratory Services and the Director of Patient Flow for the former Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. John is recognized for his leadership in building a culture to improve patient flow, establishing the Patient Family Centered Care Program and supporting the implementation of the provinces first Accountable Care Unit. He has provided stewardship in the Provincial Emergency Departments Waits and Connected Care initiatives as well as the Provincial Quality and Safety Lean Management Committee. John has previously worked as a paramedic for over 20 years and has a Masters Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University.
John is committed to supporting an environment where teams and patients can work together and focus on providing the best possible care.
Cindy Graham is excited to join the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) in the role of Executive Director of Acute Care, Surgical Services. Cindy will provide leadership and support in the Surgical Perioperative Services and Sterile Processing in both Regina and Saskatoon.
Throughout her 27 year career in health care, Cindy has held a number of leadership positions in Saskatoon which include the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, Kaizen Operations Team Lead and the last four years as the Director of Surgical Services. Cindy graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and holds active registration with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association. She is a certified lean leader and has a certificate in project management.
Cindy is committed to Patient and Family Centered Care, safety and quality improvement. As the Executive Director of Surgical Services she is looking forward to improving the integration of health services across the province with a focus on improving safety and quality of care.
Suzanne Mahaffey joins her role as an Executive Director, Primary Health Care, Saskatoon with extensive health care experience, having held a variety of positions in Saskatchewan over 30 years. She has been an Accreditation Canada surveyor for over 14 years in regionalized health care environments and Aboriginal health care organizations.
She has a diverse background with both front-line and leadership experience in urban, rural and northern settings. Over the past year in the former Saskatoon Health Region, Suzanne served as Director and Co-Lead of the Connected Community Care strategy while on secondment from her Director of Population and Public Health role. She has also held a number of other interim positions in the past four years including Interim Vice President of Integrated Health Services and the combined Director role for Population and Public Health/Primary Health and Chronic Disease Management.
Suzanne holds a Bachelors of Home Economics, Food and Nutrition degree with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Community Health Administration degree. A certified Lean Leader, she is passionate about population health, primary health care, community health and continuous quality improvement.
Dalene Newton is pleased to join the Saskatchewan Health Authority in the role of Executive Director of Continuing Care, Saskatoon Urban. Dalene will support her new team to provide excellent, patient-centered care to residents and patients in the rehabilitation, long term care and transitional care settings.
Dalene comes to this new role from her position as Director of Neurosciences, Rehabilitation Services and Inter-Professional Practice in the former Saskatoon Health Region (SHR). Throughout Dalene’s career she has enjoyed working in clinical, teaching and leadership roles. She worked as a Physical Therapist for many years in acute care, long term care and rehabilitation services and was a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan in the School of Physical Therapy from 2002-2004. Over the past 12 years Dalene has provided leadership in a variety of Management and Director roles.
Dalene graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and holds a license with the Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists. She completed the SHR Leadership Succession Program in 2009 and became a certified Lean Leader in 2016.
As the Executive Director of Continuing Care, Dalene is looking forward to working with local and provincial colleagues to improve patient and resident care and to improve the coordination of health services.
Colleen Quinlan is pleased to join the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) as the Executive Director of Mental Health and Addictions.
Colleen comes to this new role from the Ministry of Corrections and Policing, where she was Director of Mental Health and Addictions and Acting Director of Health Services. She previously worked in the former Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region for over 28 years in a variety of clinical, management and leadership roles, including Director of the Mental Health Clinic and Manager of Adolescent Psychiatry Unit. Her career has been informed by experience in a variety of settings, including schools, corrections, community mental health, inpatient mental health and quality improvement.
Colleen has a Master of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration, both from the University of Regina. She is a Registered Psychologist with the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists and is Lean Leader certified. Colleen has been the recipient of two Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Public Service and one Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Award.
Colleen is committed to building strong collaborative teams to improve continuity and coordination of care for our patients.
Diane Shendruk has had the pleasure of working as a health care provider and leader in Saskatchewan for the past 25 years. Diane joined the Saskatchewan Health Authority from her position as Vice President, Integrated Health Services for the former Saskatoon Health Region.
Diane brings a depth of knowledge and experience with a career that has extended across the continuum of primary care, acute care, continuing care, public health and mental health and addictions. Her career began as a front-line nurse to manager in kidney health to director of acute and community programs in both urban and rural portfolios.
Diane holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, a Masters in Health Administration from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina, and active registration with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association. She is also a Certified Lean Leader.
Diane is committed to Patient and Family Centered Care and passionate about continuous quality improvement to provide high quality coordinated care improving health outcomes of all people in Saskatchewan.
Debbie Sinnett comes to her new role from her position as Executive Director of Long Term Care for the former Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, with responsibility for over 600 urban continuing care program spaces, including services for individuals with complex clinical, transitional care, mental health, acquired brain injury, dementia care and other high risk support needs. She is a skilled leader with over 30 years of nursing, management and program leadership experience in regional and affiliate continuing care environments.
As an Executive Director of Continuing Care, Regina, Debbie will provide leadership for all Regina area owned and affiliate continuing care programs and services. She recognizes the importance of communication, collaboration, continuous improvement and a shared vision and values, as part of an integrated health services team operationally and strategically.
She is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, graduating from the Wascana Institute of Applied Science and Technology, has a Certificate in Health Care Administration (Long Term Care) from the College of Commerce, University of Saskatchewan and is a certified Lean leader.
Debbie’s passion is ensuring safe, high quality care in an environment that supports choice, individuality and improved quality of life in a resident and family centred care environment, reflective of our core values.