Integrated Northern Health
The Integrated Northern Health (INH) portfolio is led by Vice President Andrew McLetchie and Physician Executive Dr. Stephanie Young. INH is responsible for all hospitals, long-term care facilities, primary health care clinics and community health centres in northeast and northwest Saskatchewan. The INH portfolio covers a large part of the province, accounting for over half of Saskatchewan’s land mass. As such, the portfolio includes both northeast and northwest areas of the SHA with Senior Leadership for acute care, continuing care and primary health care established along east-west lines. Senior Leadership for Primary Health Care is further organized into northern and southern sectors of responsibility. In total, Executive Leadership and Senior Leadership for Integrated Northern Health is comprised of 10 members who are geographically located within the northern portion of the province.
Andrew McLetchie - Vice President, Integrated Northern Health
Andrew McLetchie served as the CEO of former Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region since October 2011, following two years as Director of Integrated Health Services. Prior to moving into management and leadership roles in the health system, Andrew gained thorough frontline experience working as a Registered Nurse in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and Ireland.
Andrew is dedicated to patient-centred care, and passionate about finding innovative ways to deliver high quality, timely health care services that meet the unique needs of northern residents.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Stephanie Young - Physician Executive
Dr. Stephanie Young comes to her role from positions as both a rural family physician based out of La Ronge and a Senior Medical Officer for the Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region. She has been living and working in various capacities in the North for the last ten years. As such, she is used to operating in geographically vast areas with complex and dynamic healthcare systems.
Stephanie sits on the National Council for the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, where she assists in working towards their mission of helping provide leadership for rural physicians and helping to promote sustainable conditions and equitable healthcare for rural and remote communities.
She also has experience in quality improvement work and was one of the Saskatchewan participants in the mini-Advanced Training Program offered by Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Stephanie is seen as a passionate advocate for rural and remote communities and hopes to help improve timely access and the overall quality of care received by all Saskatchewanians, no matter where they live.
Jennifer Ahenakew - Executive Director, Primary Health Care Northwest
Jennifer has an extensive background in working with First Nations, Metis and Northern communities. Jennifer holds a Diploma of First Nations Interdisciplinary Studies from Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and a Bachelor of Human Justice Degree from the First Nations University of Canada. She is also a certified Lean Leader.
Jennifer is committed to quality improvement and providing Patient and Family Centered Care. Jennifer comes to the position from her former role of Health Manager at Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation and is based based out of Buffalo Narrows.
Brett Enns - Executive Director, Primary Health Care Northeast
Brett Enns RN, BSN, MSN is the Executive Director of Primary Health Care, Integrated Northeast, Prince Albert. Brett is responsible for the service provision areas of Primary Health Care, Mental Health and Addiction, Homecare, Public Health Nursing and Environmental Inspection, Therapies, Infectious disease and Population Health.
Brett is licenced with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association and brings 31 years of health sector operational and leadership experience in Acute, Forensic, Outpost, Long Term Care, Primary Health Care, and Mental Health and Addiction. Twenty-four years of this experience has involved a progressive journey in leading, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating programs and services. Throughout his career Brett has worked for the betterment of health at a local, provincial, national and international level. Brett studied at the Wascana Institute of Applied Science and at the University of Saskatchewan. He holds an undergraduate degree in Nursing and a Masters of Nursing specializing in Leadership.
Brett believes in authenticity, respect, trust and collaboration. In exemplifying these traits Brett is motivated to ensure a system that is centered on the individuals, families and communities we serve, through providing safe, accountable, world class health care to the residents of Saskatchewan.
Carol Gregoryk - Executive Director, Acute Care Northeast
Carol Gregoryk is a Registered Nurse with her Master's Degree. She is the Executive Director of Acute Care, Northeast. Her position is responsible for acute care within the hospitals across the Northeast connecting that care with community services providing seamless transitions for people within the care of the SHA.
Carol’s career includes experience in front line and management positions across acute care, long term care and home care. Throughout her career, her path has progressed through increasing levels of management and responsibility. Those positions have been held in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Carol has achieved her Lean Leader Certificate and has led a variety of improvement events with teams able to reduce surgical wait times and emergency department wait times.
Carol has been active in her community with past roles in managing organizations representing her community.
Gloria King - Executive Director, Acute Care Northwest
Working with the Vice President and Physician Executive dyad of Integrated Northern Health in a Patient First environment, this portfolio encompasses the strategic and operational responsibilities for Emergency Room, Ambulatory Care, Women and Children's Health, Operating Room, Post-operative Surgical Services, Sterile Processing, Medicine, ICU, Alternate Level of Care, Spiritual Care, Social Work and the COPS Program delivery.
Gloria has a wide range of experience in health care. Her past positions include Nurse Aide, General Duty Positions in Medicine, Neurology, Rheumatology, and Emergency; Clinical and Classroom Nursing instruction; Staff Education; government Standards Officer in Acute Care, Liaison Officer to the Health Authorities in northern Manitoba; VP of Health Services, CEO in the Burntwood Regional Health Authority in MB; VP of Integrated Health Services in the former Prairie North Health Region.
Gloria received her Baccalaureate in Nursing from the University of Manitoba, a Certificate in Management Studies in Health Service Administration and a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She has a Lean Leadership Certificate. Two of her career highlights include Chairing the Babies Being Breast Fed Research Committee which received the Manitoba Health Provincial Innovation Award for Knowledge Transfer and Dissemination; and Co-Chairing with the VP of Aboriginal Health, the first Manitoba Northern Health Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention through Risk Factor Reduction.
Gloria believes that leadership, staff empowerment and a culture of focused collaboration are critical to implementing the changes necessary to improve the health outcomes of an individual and of the population. She views the current direction in Connected Care by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, in relation to High Quality Care Transitions of the elimination of gaps in the patient care journey, as having immense potential to change the system.
Lisa Major - Executive Director, Continuing Care Northeast
Lisa Major has worked in British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan in diverse areas in health care for many years, with more than 26 years in Continuing Care Management. She comes to her new position as the Executive Director of Continuing Care, Northeast from her most recent role of Director of Long Term Residential Care for the former Kelsey Trail Health Region.
Lisa holds a Diploma in Nursing from Wascana Institute of Applied Science and Technology and further university education through Athabasca University. As a Registered Nurse, she holds active registration status with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association. She is a Certified Lean Leader and also is a member of the Practical Nursing Program Advisory Committee with Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
Lisa is passionate about and dedicated to ensuring safe and high quality resident centered care.
Pam McKay - Executive Director, Primary Health Care Northeast
Pam McKay graduated with a Diploma of Nursing from Wascana Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Regina and later from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She holds active registration status with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association. She is also a member of the Saskatchewan Stroke Expert Panel and a certified Lean Leader.
Pam has an extensive nursing background and progressive leadership experience. She has been employed in rural health care settings across Saskatchewan for more than 37 years in a number of different capacities. Through a previous leadership role as a Vice President Integrated Health Services, she was responsible for overseeing the delivery of Acute Care, Long Term Care, Home Care, Primary Health Care, Therapies, Pharmacy, Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory and Emergency Medical Services.
Pam is passionate about rural health care and is committed to finding innovative patient centered ways of delivering high quality, sustainable health services to those we serve. As Executive Director of Primary Health Care for the northeast, she looks forward to working collaboratively to improve the coordination and delivery of health services.
Vikki Smart - Executive Director, Primary Health Care Northwest
Vikki Smart is responsible for the oversite and integration of Primary Health Care, Therapies, Public Health, Population Health including the Medical Health Office, Home Care, Mental Health and Addictions, and Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford. She comes to this position from her former role as a VP of Primary Health, Quality, Health and Safety. She has managerial experience in Specialized Geriatrics, Long Term Care and Primary Health. She has been involved in operationalizing innovations such as the Nurse Practitioner role, Midwifery and Medically Complex patients into Long term Care. She has worked towards building partnerships with urban, rural and First Nations communities.
Vikki graduated with a degree in Nursing, a BA in Psychology and Masters of Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan. She holds an active membership with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association.
Vikki is committed to Patient and Family-Centered care, continuous quality improvement and seamless, high-quality care that will improve health outcomes for all Saskatchewan citizens.
Neal Sylvestre - Executive Director, Continuing Care Northwest
As the Executive Director of Continuing Care Northwest, Neal Sylvestre’s portfolio encompasses strategic management and direction of all long term care programming for Northwest Saskatchewan.
In the past, Neal held general duty Registered Nurse (RN) positions in medicine, cardiology, surgery, coronary intensive care and emergency. He also held RN positions in areas of emergency service and occupational health nursing for private sector organizations. Prior to accepting his current role, Neal spent 15 years as Director Rural Health Facilities.
Neal obtained his Baccalaureate in Nursing from Athabasca University and Occupational Health Nursing Certification from Grant MacEwan College. Neal is a certified Lean Leader and a former member of Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association’s Disciplinary Committee.
Neal is committed to safe and compassionate resident and family centered care. Neal believes that relationship building and information sharing are the cornerstone of effective teams as we strive for health care excellence for the people of Saskatchewan.