South West LHIN Welcomes New Board Member


LONDON, ON, July 14 /CNW/ - John Van Bastelaar, Board Chair (A), is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheryl Feagan to the Board of the South West Local Health Integration Network. A resident of Goderich, Feagan was appointed for a three year term beginning July 8th, 2010. Feagan is a practicing lawyer called to the Ontario bar in 2002. Prior to her career in the legal field, she had a 20 year career in public health, including positions as Health Promoter and Director of the Huron County Health unit. Her background also includes teaching at the secondary level.

In addition to her professional qualifications, Feagan has demonstrated a commitment to community service through her governance roles with several health care organizations and charities.

Through her experiences, she has gained a thorough understanding of the health care continuum and the role integration must play if we are to achieve a fully integrated system of care.

LHIN Board members are Order-in-Council appointments and are selected through a skills-based process. All candidates are assessed based on their skills and abilities and the needs of the LHIN Board. Directors must possess relevant expertise, experience, leadership skills and have an understanding of local health issues and priorities.


"I welcome Sheryl's appointment and the community service, governance and business experience she brings to our skills-based board," said John Van Bastelaar, Chair (A) of the South West LHIN Board of Directors. "Her qualifications are critical to our Board as we move forward with the implementation of our Blueprint and out Integrated Health Service Plan. "

"I am very happy to join the South West LHIN Board as it works toward a fully integrated health system of care. With the recent release of the Health Services Blueprint - Vision 2022, the Board will be called upon to make decisions that will ensure the health care system remains accessible and sustainable into the future," said Feagan ." I believe that with my background and experience, I can contribute effectively and positively to those decisions."


Ms Feagan's appointment brings the Board to seven directors, two short of its full complement of nine.

Directors are appointed by Order-In-Council for a term of one to three years, subject to a six-year maximum.

Every Board member represents the entire LHIN, however because of they are located throughout the LHIN, they have a good knowledge of the needs in each geographic area.

The Board of Directors is accountable, through the Chair, to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for the LHIN's use of public funds, and for its results in terms of goals and performance of the local health system.


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SOURCE South West Local Health Integration Network

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