Infrastructure, Information & Support
The Infrastructure, Information and Support (IIS) portfolio is led by Vice President Andrew Will. IIS is responsible for a number of important systems and services across the Saskatchewan Health Authority. These include Environmental Services, Digital Health, Privacy and Health Information Management Services, Infrastructure Management and Nutrition and Food Services. In total, Executive Leadership and Senior Leadership for IIS is comprised of eight members, who are geographically located across the province.
Derek Miller - Acting Vice President, Infrastructure, Information and Support
In December 2021, Derek was named Acting Vice President of Infrastructure, Information and Support (IIS). The IIS portfolio oversees Nutrition and Food Services, Environmental Services, Infrastructure Management, Health Emergency Management, Digital Health, and Privacy and Health Information Management.
Prior to being named Acting VP of IIS, Derek served as the Commander of the Emergency Operations Centre leading the SHA’s response to the COVID pandemic.
Derek’s permanent role at the SHA is as Executive Director of Infrastructure from February 2018 to December 2021. In this role, his infrastructure related responsibilities include: maintenance, real estate, capital planning/project management, asset management, clinical engineering, health emergency management and security.
Derek joined the SHA from the former Prairie North Health Region where he was VP of Finance and Operations, and also Project Lead for the Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford – Integrated Corrections Facility Project.
Prior to moving to Saskatchewan, Derek served in the Canadian Forces for 20 years, where his leadership experience ranged from the role of Commanding Officer of a health services centre in Trenton, ON to leading national level procurement projects for the Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters in Ottawa. Derek's educational preparation includes a Master in Business Administration from the University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Arts from the Royal Military College of Canada and Certificate in Health Services Management from Ryerson University. He is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Derek looks forward to continue working with SHA leaders, stakeholders and the Infrastructure, Information and Support leadership team to enable care and the delivery of health services across areas.
Stephanie Cook - Executive Director, Nutrition and Food Services
Stephanie Cook comes to the role of Executive Director of Nutrition and Food Services following her most recent position as Director of Nutrition Services.
Stephanie is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition and a Masters of Science, Nutrition and Metabolism. Previously, she held other leadership roles within the former Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. Stephanie is very passionate about the health and wellness that can be achieved through food and has a powerful vision for Nutrition and Food Services.
Stephanie is excited to work with the Nutrition and Food Services team and their clinical partners to continue the important and innovative work that is underway.
Kerri Cryderman - Executive Director, Environmental Services
Kerri Cryderman comes to the role of Executive Director of Environmental Services from her position as Director of Quality Improvement for the former Saskatoon Health Region where she provided leadership to quality improvement, strategic planning and strategic health information and performance.
Kerri is a certified lean leader who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Production and Operations Management and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. Kerri is an experienced leader who has held various positions in support services within health care over the last ten years. Kerri's career led her to health care after seven years in manufacturing environments within the United States and Canada.
Kerri is a servant leader who passionately cares about people and is willing to take on new challenges. She is dedicated to developing engaged teams who strive to remove waste and build quality and safety as a method of improvement.
Crystal McAra - Acting Executive Director, Infrastructure Management
Bio and photo to be added shortly.
Michelle Mula - Executive Director, Digital Health
As the Executive Director of Digital Health, Michelle joins the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) as an accomplished transformation leader with extensive experience in the health sector at both the regional and provincial level. In her previous role at eHealth Saskatchewan as Vice President of Business Relations, Michelle was responsible for building strong stakeholder relationships and working with our major customers, including the SHA to understand our business needs. She has focused her efforts on supporting transformational initiatives and innovation in areas of Acute Care, Community and Primary Health Care, Coordination of Care, Medical Imaging and the Integrated Electronic Health Record (EHR) to support improved information flow and provider workflow, ultimately helping support better patient care.
Michelle and her team will be responsible for people, process and technology associated with Informatics, Digital Health and Clinical Interoperability, and will work closely with all stakeholders to advance initiatives which support the strategic mission and vision of the SHA.
Dr. Jenny Basran - Senior Medical Information Officer
Jenny Basran, MD FRCPC is an associate professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She is Royal College certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and has practiced for over 15 years in both acute care and community care.
Dr. Basran’s research interests include incorporating geriatric principles into care across the continuum, computer modeling of the health care system and the use of technology to help older adults age successfully. She has been involved in initiatives for older adults at the local, national and international level and has served several roles on the executive of the Canadian Geriatric Society and as a consultant to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and eHealth Saskatchewan.
Dr. Basran was one of the physician co-leads for Saskatchewan’s initiative to reduce wait times in ER and improve patient flow, which led to the development of the Connected Care Strategy. Through this work, she introduced and demonstrated dynamic computer modelling as a tool for evidence-based, data driven health system decision making; led the development of Alternate Level of Care data collection and utilization; and was a key driver for the introduction of interprofessional care teams. Dr. Basran is currently co-leading the implementation of the community based component of the Connected Care Strategy with the development of the Community Health Center at Market Mall.
Dr. Vern Behl - Senior Medical Information Officer
Vern Behl MD, CCFP-EM, completed his medical degree followed by a residency in Family Medicine and a Fellowship in Emergency Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He currently practices as an Emergency Physician and Transport Physician in Saskatoon. Dr. Behl is actively involved in medical student and resident teaching, as well as air medical crew education with the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS), Saskatoon Base.
Dr. Behl has served in multiple leadership roles. Most recently, he served as the Physician Lead – Clinical Informatics (Saskatoon Area). In this role he supported the development of physician electronic documentation, spearheaded the implementation of voice dictation, was involved in the creation of a clinical lead framework for engaging physicians and consulted on other improvements within the SCM electronic health record.
Pat Stuart - Executive Director, Privacy and Health Information Management Services
Since 2009, Pat has been the Vice President of Clinical Support Services and Quality Performance in the former Prince Albert Parkland Health Region where she was responsible for Health Information Services and Privacy. Her portfolio also included Patient Safety, Continuous Quality Improvement, Clinical Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Patient and Family Centered Care, Accreditation, Health Sciences Library, Ethics Committee, Infection Control, Medical Device Reprocessing, Medical Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging and Pharmacy.
Pat’s career includes broad health care experience from front line Public Health Nurse to Public Health Nurse Manager, the Director of Primary Health Care and College of Nursing instructor for the University of Saskatchewan. Pat is a certified Lean Leader, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University.
Pat is committed to continuous improvement, Patient and Family Centered Care and safety. She is excited about continuing the quality journey in her new role to better coordinate and integrate health information services for the people of Saskatchewan.