February 20, 2017 – Executive search firm Caldwell Partners International has assisted the St. Boniface Hospital’s board of directors in the appointment of Dr. Bruce Roe as its next chief executive officer. Harry Parslow, leader Caldwell’s healthcare, education, government & associations search practice, led the assignment.
Dr. Roe had been acting president and CEO since 2015 following the death of hospital president Dr. Michel Tétreault. Prior to this role, he had been executive director of clinical programs and chief medical officer at St. Boniface since 2005.
St. Boniface Hospital, a Catholic tertiary healthcare facility affiliated with the University of Manitoba, maintains a campus comprised of more than 180 departments and services. In total, over 4,000 health care professionals & support personnel work at the hospital.
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“As acting president and CEO of St. Boniface Hospital, Dr. Roe established himself as a strong leader and true champion of his hospital, its staff and its patients,” said Milton Sussman, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. “We share a vision to deliver the best possible care to patients and their families. I look forward to continuing to work with him and St. Boniface Hospital leadership to advance and achieve this vision.”
“My goal is to build on the work we have started as an organization to transform care, and to work with our staff and physicians to create a culture of excellence to better serve those who come to us in need,” said Dr. Roe.
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Caldwell Partners has engaged in thousands of assignments in the not-for-profit and public sector, including for academic institutions, associations, hospitals, government, human services and arts & cultural institutions.
With an extensive background in healthcare and the public service fields, Mr. Parslow is also active in the industrial sector, including specialty areas such as aerospace and aviation where he specializes in CEO and board level search. Prior to joining Caldwell Partners in 2000, he held senior leadership positions – including chief operating officer, vice president and senior executive – for major healthcare organizations and health regions in four Canadian provinces.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media