“For all things there is a season. For me, that means it is time to pass the torch and, at the request of the Authority, complete my time as President and CEO of the Saskatoon Health Region, effective December 1, 2014.”

Those words greeted Saskatoon Health Region employees on Friday morning, in an email from Maura Davies.

The decision to ask Davies to step down came from the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority (SRHA), and was based solely on timing.

“We made this request as Maura indicated two years ago that she was preparing to retire,” said Jim Rhode, chair of the SRHA. “We are involved in some very important projects at this time, like the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Health-Care Management System, and we feel we need long-term leadership in place to see these projects through.”

Rhode honoured the contributions Davies has made to health care during her tenure with Saskatoon Health Region.

Maura Davies

Maura Davies has been the CEO and President of Saskatoon Health Region for nearly 10 years

“The passion and commitment Maura has brought to the health care system in Saskatchewan has been both important and impactful.  She has been a strong and proven leader and a keen advocate for the implementation of the Lean management system,” he stated. “She leaves a legacy of strong and caring teams of health professionals who always put the patient first. On behalf of the SRHA and the Saskatoon Health Region I want to thank her for her ten years of service with the Region and her 40 years in health care.”

The SRHA had hoped to tap into Maura’s expertise as the health care system in Saskatchewan continues its transformation; however, she has respectfully declined.

“Maura has demonstrated tremendous passion and leadership on quality improvement and other strategic initiatives within the Saskatoon Health Region and she has served the residents well. We wanted her to continue on in some role within that system,”  Rhode explained.

“For the last nine and a half years, I have been honoured to lead the largest health region in Saskatchewan during a challenging but exciting time of system transformation,” Davies stated further in her email to staff. “I am proud of the gains we have made in achieving better health for our communities, better care, better value for the taxpayer dollars invested in our services, and better teams. I also recognize that there is much more improvement to be done. I have been privileged to be part of developing and implementing the province’s lean management system and believe that our region and province are building the foundation for a better health system that will serve as a model for the entire country.”

Davies went on to thank all staff for their dedication to serving our patients, clients, residents and families, as well as her friends and colleagues, and the senior leadership team “from whom I have learned so much.”

The search for new leadership for the Region has now begun.

“We will be looking for a leader who is as passionate and committed to high-quality, safe patient care and our Lean-based management system as Maura Davies has been,” Rhode stated.

Davies will continue in her role until December 1, while the SRHA searches for a new leader. If one is not in place by December 1, an interim CEO will be appointed from within Saskatoon Health Region’s senior leadership team.

Rhode spoke about their decision to ask Davies to step down at a media conference on October 24.


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