Dr. Vanessa Burkoski appointed as Chief Nursing Executive of Humber River Hospital

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Humber River Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Vanessa Burkoski as its new Chief Nursing Executive. Dr. Burkoski will provide overall leadership in the management, quality and strategic direction of professional practice in nursing and regulated health professions at the hospital.

Dr. Burkoski has extensive experience providing executive leadership, strategic advice and nursing expertise on a wide range of nursing and healthcare policy issues. From 2011 to 2016 Dr. Burkoski served as Chief Nursing Executive and Vice President, Professional Scholarly Practice, at London Health Sciences Centre, where amongst her many accomplishments she led their success as one of Canada's top Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSOs).

From 2007-2011, as the Provincial Chief Nursing Officer of Ontario, she provided strategic policy advice to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, conceptualizing and facilitating the implementation of a wide-range of evidence-based, innovative programs and policy initiatives.

A registered nurse and immediate past president of the RNAO, Dr. Burkoski holds a B.ScN, M.ScN and a Doctorate in Health Administration. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Windsor, an Adjunct Academic Appointment in Nursing at the University of Western Ontario and at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. 

In announcing the news, Hospital President & CEO Barb Collins noted that "Dr. Burkoski's values-based, evidence-informed and courageous leadership is recognized provincially, nationally and internationally. She is passionate about the practice of nursing and the creation of an engaging, healthy, and scholarly practice environment. Vanessa has a unique combination of work ethic, empathy and knowledge; with a strategic commitment to nurturing a people-centered organization dedicated to providing excellent patient-centered care."

"I am excited to join this amazing organization," said Dr. Burkoski. "This is a hospital committed to excellence across the spectrum of acute hospital care service delivery for patients and families. I look forward to this wonderful opportunity, and to working with the Humber River team as we pursue our shared goal of delivering high quality, respectful, expert care to each and every patient who comes to our hospital."

Dr. Burkoski succeeds Marg Czaus, who retired in July after a long and distinguished career as a nurse and healthcare executive. Her appointment is effective Monday, September 12, 2016.

About Humber River Hospital 

Humber River Hospital is one of Canada's largest acute care hospitals, serving a catchment area of more than 850,000 people in the northwest Greater Toronto Area. North America's first fully digital hospital, it is located at Keele Street and Highway 401 in northwest Toronto.

With a capacity of 656 acute inpatient beds, including 48 critical care beds, the hospital has 3,400 staff, approximately 600 physicians with privileges, and over 500 volunteers. The hospital has formal affiliations with the University of Toronto and Queen's University Medical Schools.

A number of Humber River's programs and services have been, and remain, recognized provincially, nationally and internationally. Learn more about Humber River Hospital online at www.hrh.ca or follow us on Twitter at @HRHospital.

SOURCE Humber River Hospital

Image with caption: "Dr. Vanessa Burkoski, Chief Nursing Executive, Humber River Hospital (CNW Group/Humber River Hospital)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160912_C8509_PHOTO_EN_770530.jpg

For further information: Gerard Power, Director, Public & Corporate Communications, Humber River Hospital, 416-242-1000 ext. 81607, gpower@hrh.ca


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