For the first time in our province’s history, our health care system has introduced a medical leadership structure to ensure physicians have an active role in the design, implementation and operation of a system that is more integrated, efficient and patient-centred.
This new structure is based on a dyad, or co-leadership, model that partners administrative leaders and physician leaders in a complementary, decision-making relationship to foster shared accountability and open, transparent communication.
In the long term, the Executive Leadership Team's dyad model will be expanded beyond this team with a shared goal of improving physician engagement, health system quality improvement and patient and family-centred care to the highest standard.
This dyad model is in line with what we know: high-performing health care systems consistently embed physicians as leaders at all levels of the organization. While the concept of a dyad model is not entirely new in Saskatchewan, the structure of partnering Physician Executives and Vice Presidents at the most senior level signals a significant transformation for the organizational structure of our provincial health care system.