NORTH YORK, ON, June 21, 2018 /CNW/ - Samuel Elfassy is the new Chair of North York General Hospital's (NYGH) Board of Governors. He takes over the position from outgoing Board Chair Murray Perelman, who ended his three-year term in June.
Samuel, Vice President, Safety at Air Canada, has been a North York General Board member since 2011. From 2011‒2014 he served as the Chair of North York General Foundation's Board of Governors and was most recently Vice Chair of North York General Hospital's Board of Governors and a key member of the Quality Committee of the Board.
"It's a tremendous honour to be named Board Chair of North York General," Samuel says. "This hospital is committed to both clinical and operational excellence and, with the help of the other Board members, we will continue to position North York General for success in serving the needs of our community."
Earlier this year, Samuel played an instrumental role in enabling a partnership with North York General, St. Michael's Hospital and Air Canada to bring the ORBlack Box® to NYGH – a multichannel data recorder used to capture the events and conditions in an operating room during surgical procedures, similar to technology used on aircraft. Data captured will be used in a world-leading research study that has the potential to transform the safety culture and practices of surgery, not just in Canada but globally.
"Samuel has long been a champion of quality and safety at this hospital," says Karyn Popovich, President and CEO of North York General. "His insights and expertise have proven to be seminal in our efforts to transform and enhance patient- and family-centred care. I believe that with Samuel at the helm, we will be able to continue our journey in providing an exceptional experience for the patients and families we care for."
Samuel has lectured at global conferences about safety systems and has held several senior roles at Air Canada including quality assurance and audits, flight safety investigations, emergency response and management, business continuity, and risk management. He is an expert on effective safety cultures within complex safety systems, where transparency, information sharing and the use of technology to analyze complex data and other factors, contribute to stronger safety systems.
Samuel holds a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from York University and is a long-time resident of the North York community.
North York General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto, is one of Canada's leading community academic hospitals. We offer our culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory and long-term care services across multiple sites. Through partnerships, collaboration and academic endeavours, we seek to set new standards for patient- and family-centred care. Working together with our patients and their families, we are making a world of difference.
SOURCE North York General Hospital
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