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Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Chief Operating Officer Wins National Healthcare Leadership Award

CHATHAM-KENT: June 4, 2014 -- Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) Chief Operating Officer (COO), Sarah Padfield received the Robert Zed Young Health Leader Award from the Canadian College of Health Leaders, presented in Banff, Alberta. 

“I am extremely honoured to be this year’s award recipient. Being nominated by my colleagues, staff and peers at CKHA is truly gratifying and humbling,” said Sarah Padfield, COO. “I have been fortunate throughout my career to work with terrific mentors in great organizations who have helped me become the leader I am today. What’s most rewarding to me individually and why I am so appreciative of this award is that it recognizes the many initiatives that I have had the privilege of being part of in this region and particularly at CKHA which are making a positive contribution to patient care. While this award is intended as an individual recognition, I share it with the entire CKHA family.” 

The Robert Zed Young Award recognizes leaders who at under age 40 have demonstrated their leadership in creating an effective and sustainable health system in Canada. In addition to being a college member with demonstrated leadership advancement in their careers, the recipient of this award must also have an outstanding vision that creates measurable results for the organization or the health system. 

“At 35, Sarah’s already had an impressive career and I am exceedingly proud of the recognition this award rightfully bestows upon her,” said Colin Patey, President & Chief Executive Officer, (CEO). “Sarah’s a system thinker – a visionary of what the health system can and should be for patients and providers alike. As an organization, a community and individual users of the healthcare system, we all benefit from her leadership capacity and contribution to healthcare. This award is well-deserved.” 

Ms. Padfield was nominated by her colleagues at CKHA who cited various initiatives and achievements that demonstrate how her leadership and vision are putting patients at the centre of the health delivery system, including:

  • Creating collaborative approaches to address the needs of those patients that to-date the system has failed (Health Links);
  • Integrating back office and electronic systems to ultimately achieve an accessible electronic medical record (TransForm); and,
  • Planning collaborative approaches to services and facilities that result in patients getting the right service, in the right place, at the right time, by the right provider and at the right price (!magine; Canadian Mental Health Association integration). In fact, her efforts to integrate CKHA and CMHA’s mental health programs is specifically designed to ensure that care is wrapped around the person so they no longer have to rely on the emergency department as their access point to the healthcare system, which is both unsuitable for their care needs and costly to the system.

“It is my hope that this award will be celebrated by the entire community as one more example in recent weeks let alone the past year, of the incredibly talented team we have at CKHA,” concluded Patey. 

Ms. Padfield was presented the award at a gala banquet at the Canadian College of Health Leaders annual conference held earlier this week in Banff, Alberta. 

For more information, contact: 
Colin Patey President & CEO 
(519) 352-6401 ext. 6001

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