Our Executive Team


 

Dana Erickson, FCGA
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Since beginning his career at HSC in 1991, Dana has led many diverse areas ranging across financial, operational and clinical services. These broad-ranging roles along with serving as a member of the HSC Executive Team for over 10 years offers HSC a Chief Operating Officer with a unique set of skills, experiences, and knowledge.

Dana is passionate about ensuring Health Sciences Centre continues as the “flagship” of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and is committed to our Patients First vision. He believes in continuously striving for: better facilities for patient care; closer integration of patient services across our region and province; better processes to enhance job satisfaction for staff and make their work effective for patients and families; using our limited resources wisely and accountably; involving patients and families in all aspects of their care; a workplace culture that embraces continuous learning, values high quality work and outcomes, and is built on a foundation of respect for one another and safety for all.

He considers prioritizing research that aligns with our patient populations and fostering a positive educational environment for our students as being the cornerstones for HSC’s role as a tertiary and teaching hospital and key to realizing the huge potential we have for innovation and discovery at HSC.

Dana is grateful for the significant support HSC receives from the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Volunteer Enterprises, as well as the strong and growing relationships with our partners including the University of Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba.

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Helen Clark, RRT, MBA, FCSRT
Vice-President and Chief Allied Health Officer (CAHO)

As Vice President and Chief Allied Health Officer, Helen Clark works with hospital leadership to achieve our vision of Patients First. Helen is responsible for supporting the many Allied Health disciplines at HSC and developing closer relationships with our community partners, focusing on improving patient transitions between acute care and community-based services. In addition to her HSC roles, Helen is the WRHA EMS and Police Liaison and is responsible for the regional Patient Transport Program.

Helen is a Registered Respiratory Therapist, holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Manitoba, and is a Fellow of both the CHSRF EXTRA Program and the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists. Helen’s background includes clinical experience in acute care, community, and long-term care, and as a didactic and clinical instructor within her profession. She developed her leadership skills through progressively senior roles in departmental, program and matrix management models, with direct management responsibility for a variety of clinical disciplines and support staff.

Helen is a proponent of the “small-wins” approach to system change, and believes that successful implementation of new service delivery models depends on leveraging emerging opportunities through partnerships with community-based healthcare and not-for-profit service providers, educational institutions, businesses, and municipal and provincial governments.

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Perry Gray, MD
Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Dr. Perry Gray is the senior physician representative on the Executive Team and is responsible for all matters relating to physician practice at HSC. In addition to his role as Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gray is clinically active as an ICU physician and is the Medical Director of the Centre's Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

With a career that spans more than 20 years at HSC, Dr. Gray's knowledge and experience is an asset to the team.

“What I love about Health Sciences Centre is the buzz of innovation, and our can-do attitude. It really makes Health Sciences Centre the place to be and work.”

His daily guide to working and leading at HSC is “Patients first! Always keep your eye on the patient, and work for what is in their best interest.”

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Patrick Griffith, RPN, RN, BN, MPA
Vice-President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

In the role of Vice-President and Chief Nursing Officer, Patrick Griffith leads with extensive clinical and administrative experience. Most recently he was the HSC Site Director for the Adult Mental Health Program and Regional Nursing Lead, Adult Mental Health.

His nursing career includes experience at Selkirk Mental Health Centre, Headingley Correctional Centre, community mental health and the Provincial Community Forensic Mental Health Program. Patrick has served at HSC in a manager role and at Victoria General as Director of Specialty Care Programs, where he was responsible for the ER and ICU. In 2004, Patrick achieved his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba.

Patrick brings with him a profound appreciation for the importance of nursing and nursing education to better patient care.

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Cameron B. ChiarotChief Innovation Officer
Chief Innovation Officer (CIO)

Cameron joined the HSC Team as Chief Innovation Officer in 2013. He is responsible for helping HSC continue to develop an innovative and sustainable health sciences research program.

With extensive experience as a leader in the healthcare sector, Cameron brings a depth and breadth of knowledge to his role, along with a passion to find and develop innovative opportunities to translate research into meaningful and improved patient care. He is committed to facilitating a healthcare system that works together in translational research, financial sustainability, and improved patient outcomes.

Cameron has contributed to successful project management, strategic direction, and financial sustainability at Hotchkiss Brain Institute/University of Calgary in Alberta, and to CML HealthCare Inc., Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & Hospital for Sick Children, and University Health Network in Ontario. He holds degrees in Neuroscience, Physiology & Psychology from University of Western Ontario and in Leadership Management from UofT’s Rotman School of Management.

"We can provide the best outcomes for our patients by developing healthy partnerships and collaborations that benefit all."

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Craig Doerksen, CFM, MFM, P.ENG
Director, Facility Management

As the Divisional Director of Facility Management, Craig is responsible for the services delivered by the Maintenance, Housekeeping, Security, Central Energy Plant, Facilities Management Operations and Building Systems Support departments. These departments all serve in every part of the hospital, involving Craig in clinical issues, occupant concerns, and renovations, assisting in capital construction projects and participating in long term strategic planning for the site. Facility Management is an Integrated Support Service of the WRHA, therefore Craig is involved in issues that occur throughout the region.

Craig’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Systems Engineering from Arizona State University, Masters in Facility Management from the University of Manitoba, Certified Facility Manager from International Facility Management Association, and Certified Energy Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers. Additionally, he is involved in the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Hospital Engineering Society.

‘‘Working at HSC gives me the opportunity to experience, learn and be involved in one of North America's largest healthcare systems: embrace it and benefit from it.“

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Kathy Doerksen, RN, MN
Director, Patient Safety, Quality and Decision Support

As the Director, Patient Safety, Quality and Decision Support, Kathy provides leadership in quality, patient safety and decision support. She is responsible for developing and facilitating processes and activities that help managers and staff make decisions. This includes solving problems within the context of evidence based practice and quality improvements with a focus on patient safety. Her role includes providing and supporting overall leadership in achieving broader operational goals and objectives.

Kathy brings with her experience from a variety of backgrounds including her role as President of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba and several years of clinical experience throughout Winnipeg. Her education includes a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Manitoba, Patient Safety Executive Development Program at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and several other courses to support her areas of expertise. Kathy plays an important role in advocating for patient safety and is a valuable asset to our Leadership Team.

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Katherine Fox, BA
Director, Communications

Katherine Fox has been responsible for HSC's internal and external communications strategies since August 2007. A passionate communicator, Kat works closely with our Foundations, hospital staff, and the Regional media relations and communications teams. Kat provides communications counsel and leadership to support the work of HSC, including operational goals and objectives. Kat also plays a communication leadership role with the WRHA as Director, Communications -- Acute Care, where she works with communicators across other Winnipeg hospitals.

Prior to joining HSC, Kat honed her communication and brand-building expertise in Toronto as Director of Public Affairs for CHUM Limited (now CTV Globemedia), and Director of Naming and Verbal Identity for Interbrand Canada, where she provided strategic and creative counsel to Canadian and international corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

"I believe that everything we say and do needs to reflect who we are and what we stand for," she says. "At HSC we're entrusted with the care of our community. I believe we honour each individual when we communicate well."

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Ken Kollinger
Regional Director, Capital Planning

Ken has been actively working in the healthcare sector for over 10 years, most recently he held the position of Project Director, WRHA Capital Planning. He has extensive expertise in leading complex major health capital projects and strategic master plan initiatives within the WRHA and the Department of Health.

 

 

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Gerald Mirecki
Director, Business and Innovative Services

In addition to holding the position of Director, Business & Innovative Services, Gerald is the Managing Director of Volunteer Enterprises, which oversees the following operations: Guildy’s Eatery and Pedway Café, Beauty Salon, ATM’s, Lottery Kiosk, Florist, Gift Shop and the HSC Lifestyles Lottery. He is responsible for a number of areas throughout the HSC Campus including Volunteer Services, Staff Wellness, Retail Food Services, Business Development, and Ancillary Services which includes: Lennox Bell Lodge, Medical Centre Apartments and Parking Services. The Business & Innovative Services Division provides the third stream of funding at HSC for capital projects such as Kleysen Institute of Advanced Medicine, as well as many minor patient care enhancements such as the SelectVu Patient Education and Entertainment system.

Gerald holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Studies from the University of Manitoba, along with numerous other professional certifications. Gerald completely endorses the Disney approach to customer service and empowerment of staff

“Listening to others is key to making sure our patients, their families, and our staff and volunteers have the very best possible experience at HSC.”

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Jannell Plouffe
Director, Clinical Education

Jannell joined the HSC executive team in the fall of 2012. In her role as the Director of Clinical Education, Jannell provides leadership and direction for site based education for clinical staff. This includes orientation, continuing professional development, implementation of provincial and regional policies and practices. The key element of education is ‘learning’ and application of quality measures into education supports the evaluation of learner outcomes to improve patient care.

Jannell’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Masters of Nursing: (Nurse Practitioner), Doctor of Nursing Practice. Jannell maintains her Nurse Practitioner status, allowing a continued clinical connection so vital in delivery of education and keeping the ‘Patient First’.

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Jonathon Lyon
President & Chief Executive Officer
Health Sciences Centre Foundation

The Health Sciences Centre Foundation supports the men and women who provide health care at HSC by funding research, education and advanced technology and infrastructure enhancements at the hospital.  As President and CEO, Jonathon Lyon provides overall leadership to the team at the HSC Foundation.  He reports to the volunteer Board of Directors at the Foundation.

Jonathon has a strong passion for the incredible care and outstanding professionals at HSC.  He has personally experienced how HSC is there when you need it the most.  In 2002, his parents suffered serious injuries in a car accident and received life-saving care at HSC.  This experience with HSC is what inspired him to become involved with the HSC Foundation.

Jonathon served previously on the HSC Foundation Board of Directors from 2004 to 2009.  During this time he helped raise funds for the initial construction of the Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine.  A sixth-generation Manitoban, Jonathon has a diverse base of experience gained from his time working in government, medical sales, recruitment and politics.

Jonathon currently resides in Winnipeg with his wife and two children.

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Lawrence Prout
President and Chief Executive Officer
Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba Inc.

Lawrence has more than 30 years of fundraising experience having previously run his own not-for-profit consulting firm. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Education Certificate both from the University of Manitoba. He currently serves on Scottish Heritage Council of Manitoba, The St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg, Red River Selkirk Settlers Bicentenary Committee, Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Advisory Council, and Association of Fundraising Professionals (Manitoba Chapter) Professional Development Committee.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba is happy to have a leader with such vast community relations to take the Foundation to the next level in awareness and support for child health and child health research.

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