Local health leader selected for national fellowship

    OTTAWA, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Thaddeus Rezanowicz, Director of front
line services, mental health services, reception and medical records services
of the Jeanne-Mance Health and Social Services Centre, has been selected as
one of 24 participants in a prestigious national healthcare fellowship
program-Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA).
    The EXTRA/FORCES fellowship is designed to train health system managers
from across Canada to become better decision makers by using and applying
evidence from research in their day-to-day work. The two-year program combines
residency seminars, e-learning, mentorship and networking components with
intervention projects undertaken in fellows' home institutions.
    "The EXTRA/FORCES program gives fellows the opportunity to network with
other healthcare leaders facing similar challenges," said Dr. Jean Rochon,
former Quebec minister of health and social services and chair of the
EXTRA/FORCES Advisory Council. "The program allows them to share problems and
ideas, and to discuss possible solutions."
    A key element of the program is an intervention project through which
fellows apply their classroom learning to solving issues in their home
organization. Mr. Rezanowicz has chosen to focus on access to and continuity
of primary and secondary mental health services as part of the integration of
a hospital into the Jeanne-Mance Health and Social Services Centre.
    "I feel privileged to have been chosen to take part in this program and
I'm highly motivated to meet this challenge. It's very stimulating to learn
and work in a hands-on environment like the Jeanne-Mance Health and Social
Services Centre, and to draw on the experience of colleagues from across

    EXTRA/FORCES was established in 2003 with a $25 million grant from Health
Canada. The first cohort of 24 fellows was selected in May, 2004. This year
marks its fourth year. Mr. Rezanowicz is part of the fourth cohort who began
their first residency session in August.

    EXTRA/FORCES is a partnership program, administered by the Canadian
Health Services Research Foundation and supported by the Canadian College of
Health Service Executives (CCHSE); the Canadian Health Services Research
Foundation (CHSRF); the Canadian Medical Association (CMA); the Canadian
Nurses Association (CNA); and a consortium of Quebec partners represented by
the Agence des technologies et des modes d'intervention en santé (AETMIS).

For further information:

For further information: Aurélie Walsh, Senior Consultant, Blueprint
Public Relations, (613) 237-7400, ext. 23, cell: (613) 797-4259; François
Jacob, Communications Coordinator, Jeanne-Mance Health and Social Services
Centre, (514) 525-1900, ext. 6392

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