MHO Medical Directors
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Susan Shaw is working in a dyad partnership with VP Quality, Safety and Strategy Beth Vachon. Together they share decision-making authority, including budget and financial authority, on matters related to quality, safety and clinical practice standards. Although Dr. Shaw works in a dyad partnership, she retains sole authority over the management and organization of practitioner staff, including the establishment of an organizational structure that supports the achievement of health outcomes, as well as ensuring that the delivery of practitioner services is consistent with the strategic plan and mission of the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).
As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Dr. Shaw participates in management discussions and decisions regarding strategic planning, financial and program planning, human resource planning, resource allocation, and the development, implementation and evaluation of patient, client and resident programs and services. With respect to teaching and research, Dr. Shaw encourages, promotes and fosters teaching and research within the province, ensures that the appropriate processes are in place for the approval of research proposals, and works with health science institutions to achieve mutual goals with respect to education of the health workforce and related academic and research activities.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Phillip Fourie is working in a dyad partnership with the Executive Director of Practitioner Staff Affairs Rob Gentes on issues pertaining to privileging, credentialing, discipline, complaints and bylaw revisions. Specifically, Dr. Fourie is responsible for managing Practitioner Staff Affairs functions, acting as Chair of the Bylaws and Rules Review Committee, appointing Area Chiefs of Staff, ensuring consistent processes for the periodic review of practitioner staff throughout the SHA and collaborating with other operational leaders.
Four Physician Executives are working in dyad partnerships with the four Vice Presidents responsible for Integrated Urban Health, Integrated Rural Health, Integrated Northern Health and Provincial Programs. The Physician Executives form part of the
Executive Leadership Team and share decision-making authority, including budget and financial authority, with their dyad partners. These are not traditional physician leadership roles and these individuals are not responsible for privileging, credentialing and discipline.
Area Chiefs of Staff are responsible for each of the six integrated service areas (Regina, Saskatoon, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast) and the coordination of physician services provided within these areas. The individuals in these traditional physician leadership roles are accountable for all practitioner-related matters, as well as operational and strategic issues and decisions requiring practitioner input or leadership that arises in their areas. They are responsible for ensuring clinical operational coordination across their areas and collaboration between areas, as well as advising on practitioner staff resource requirements and advancing the provision of high quality and safe patient care within their areas. They also oversee the Area Department and Area Division Leads with respect to operations, patient care, bylaws and rules.
Note: These positions are filled by more than one physician with one lead for each of the six areas.
Provincial Heads are the current Academic Heads of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine, and report to both the Dean of Medicine and the Chief Medical Officer. They are responsible for supporting the delivery of high quality and safe patient care and clinical services within the province; providing oversight to practitioner staff and advice to the SHA with respect to improving provincial quality, optimizing practitioner resources, and contributing to strategic planning and implementation; and contributing to the design and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in collaboration with the College of Medicine. They are appointed for a term of five years and are eligible for one additional term of appointment.
Area Department Leads work in each of the six areas and report to both the Area Chiefs of Staff and the Provincial Heads. The Department Leads report to their respective Area Chiefs of Staff on day-to-day matters related to clinical operations, bylaws and rules, and practitioner review in their area, as well as quality of care, improvement and assurance activities. They report to their respective Provincial Heads on matters related to academic program delivery within their areas, provincial department strategic and human resource planning and collaboration on practitioner recruitment, provincial clinical practice standard setting, and provincial quality improvement initiatives within the scope and realm of their department.
Area Division Leads report to their respective Area Department Leads on matters within their area division with respect to operations, bylaws and rules, periodic and other reviews, quality of care issues, quality improvement and assurance activities, as well as academics, training and provincial practice standardization of care.
Senior Medical Health Officer
Dr. Julie Kryzanowski is responsible for regularly reporting on population health status and Public Health Act accountabilities to the SHA’s Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team. All SHA Medical Health Officers (MHOs) report to the Senior MHO. MHOs are physicians who have specialized knowledge in public health medicine and are designated by the Minister of Health to administer and enforce Saskatchewan’s Public Health Act and regulations. MHOs provide medical consultation within the SHA and to non-health care sectors, including local governments, education, social services and not-for-profit organizations.
MHO Area Leads provide leadership and direction for MHOs working within each of the four group practices that correspond to the six areas (North, Rural and Urban [Regina and Saskatoon]). MHO Area Leads report to the Senior MHO on day-to-day matters related to clinical operations, human resource planning, bylaws and rules, and practitioner review in their areas, as well as quality of care, improvement and assurance activities. They also support area level, cross-sector, and cross-organizational partnerships and strategy for public and population health.
MHO Medical Directors provide provincial-level leadership on the SHA’s accountabilities for core public health functions (e.g., communicable disease, immunization, environmental public health, surveillance and health status assessment, and population health promotion and chronic disease prevention). The Medical Directors are a resource to the MHOs working within each area and report to the Senior MHO on matters related to academic program delivery, provincial department strategic planning and collaboration, provincial clinical practice standard setting, and provincial quality improvement initiatives within the scope and realm of their department. They also support provincial level cross-sector and cross-organizational partnerships and strategy for public and population health.