Saskatoon Health Region has a new President and CEO – Dan Florizone. The announcement was made on Thursday, November 27 that the current Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Minister Responsible for Lean  for Saskatchewan will assume his new position  with the Region on January 5, 2014.

Dan Florizone speaks to media.

Dan Florizone spoke to media on November 27 after it was announced he will take on the role of President and CEO of Saskatoon Health Region starting January 5.

Florizone has a 25-year history in health care, serving as Deputy Minister of Health in Saskatchewan from 2008 to 2013, and before that, as CEO of the Five Hill Health Region. Prior to that, he served as CEO of  health districts and hospitals.  He first became a CEO at only 23 years of age.

Florizone is dedicated to the concepts of Lean management, launching Patient First when he was with the Ministry of Health. Patient First led to the Patient First review, which helped establish a blueprint for change for Saskatchewan’s health-care system.

The Saskatoon Regional Health Authority board had identified Florizone as someone who could possibly fill the role of CEO as many as 10 years ago. In October, when they had to put their succession plan into action, his name surfaced again. He was one of six people asked to apply for the position, and one of two interviewed by the hiring committee, which included members of the board, senior leadership, physicians, as well as a patient and families representative.

The new CEO popped into Leader’s Staying Connected at Saskatoon City Hospital on November 27, speaking briefly with the Region leaders attending the session before meeting with the media nearby.

 

Becoming CEO of Saskatoon Health Region is a dream job for him, he told the media. It’s the city where he trained, where he received his degree, and where he was mentored by past leaders in health care in Saskatoon. He has family in the city, so it’s a homecoming of sorts for the Prince Albert native.

“The organization itself – this is the flagship… This is the largest employer in Saskatchewan. This has the potential to lead the way… in terms of health transformation in the country…. I think we’re doing just that. The leadership that has been shown has been tremendous but we need to take it further,” Florizone told the media as to why he wanted to lead the Region.

“I feel I’m ready to take on this challenge,” he stated.  “Patients will be the judge of that at the end of the day.”

Florizone identified four main goals for him as he begins this role that he has heard from the board so far, including continuing on the journey of Lean and continuous improvement, engaging employees, project priorities like the Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital need to be on time, on budget and well managed, and we need to make sure we live within our means. Their number one directive so far, he added, has been to focus on quality and safety.

Until Florizone begins his new role in January, Jackie Mann, Vice President of Integrated Health Services, will be serving as interim CEO of Saskatoon Health Region.