Executive Team

Working with the Board of Directors, and led by President and Chief Executive Officer Kathy MacNeil, the Executive Team is responsible for meeting the health needs of the population we serve in an effective and sustainable way.

In collaboration with the BC Ministry of Health, the executive team establishes performance objectives regarding the delivery of health care, and works to ensure those goals are met or exceeded.

Kathy MacNeil

Kathy MacNeil

President & Chief Executive Officer 

Kathy MacNeil has been named Island Health’s President and CEO effective February 19, 2018.

Kathy provides strategic leadership to enhance patient experience, advance clinical quality, and promote employee and physician engagement in order to achieve excellence in health and care. Kathy served Island Health as Interim President and CEO from July 2017. She joined Island health in 2015 as Executive Vice President, Quality Safety and Experience from 2015 to July 2017.

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Elin Bjarnason

Acting Executive Vice President, Quality, Safety & Experience

Dr. Elin Bjarnason came to Island Health in 1986 from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

As Acting Executive Vice-President, Quality, Safety & Experience, Elin provides strategic leadership to enhance the patient experience, advance clinical quality, and promote employee and physician engagement in order to achieve excellence in health and care. 

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Jamie Braman

Vice President, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement 

Jamie Braman joined Island Health as Vice President, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement in June 2017.

In this role, Jamie serves as a key strategist working closely with the Board, the President and CEO, the Executive Team, senior leadership and key stakeholders. He proactively identifies engagement and communications opportunities and risks, and provides strategic direction on all matters that impact corporate reputation and standing within the health sector and in the public sphere. The role also supports and coordinates strategic engagement with communities and community organizations to promote health and wellness.

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Catherine Claiter-Larsen

Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Catherine Claiter-Larsen joined Island Health in August 2005. 

As Vice President, Quality Systems and Chief Information Officer, Catherine is responsible for advancing the infrastructure that enables excellence at Island Health. Catherine provides strategic oversight for major quality systems capital projects, including IHealth, Island Health’s transformational Electronic Health Record (EHR) initiative, and the Unit Dose Medication Distribution project. Catherine is also responsible for Island Health’s strategic relationship with Cerner, the ORCAH Institute, which aims to improve population health through innovation using Island Health’s Cerner-based EHR.

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Jeremy Etherington

Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Etherington comes to us from Interior Health (IH) where he has served as the VP Medicine and Quality since 2010. In this role he provided leadership in the areas of medical administration, quality improvement, clinical and enterprise risk management, accreditation, infection prevention and control, ethics, clinical networks, and was the IH academic liaison with the Southern Medical Program.

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Kim Kerrone

Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer

Kim Kerrone assumed the position of Vice President & Chief Financial Officer in June 2013.

Kim is responsible for strategic and operational management of the Corporate Services portfolio leading the areas of Finance, Legal Services, Contracts and Policy Standards, Human Resources and Staff Scheduling. In this role, Kim provides leadership in the development of new service delivery models to support effective and efficient operations and encourages the innovative use of technology to improve business processes.

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Catherine Mackay

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

In the role of Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer is Catherine Mackay. She works in partnership with the Chief Medical Officer to co-lead operations within the four geographies and three portfolios. Together they provide leadership in all aspects of planning, operation and evaluation of health service programs as well as provide support and direction to the Island Medical Program.

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James Hanson

Vice President, Operations and Support Services

James provides strategic and operational leadership in the areas of Facilities Maintenance, Design and Construction, Biomedical Engineering, Materiels Management, Protection Services, House Keeping, Food Services, Laundry and Logistics.

In this role James leads a diverse and integrated team focused on enhancing Island Health’s physical infrastructure and support services to improve our patients’ experience and ensure system sustainability. 

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Dawn Nedzelski

Chief Professional Practice & Chief Nursing Officer

As Chief Professional Practice & Chief Nursing Officer Dawn plays a key role in supporting clinical programs to deliver the highest quality health and care to the people we serve.

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Richard Stanwick

Chief Medical Health Officer

Dr. Stanwick was appointed the position of Chief Medical Health Officer for Island Health in December 2001.

Dr. Stanwick was the Medical Health Officer for the Capital Regional District (CRD) from 1995 to 1997, a position that expanded to include Director of Research when the function amalgamated to the Capital Health Region (CHR) in 1997.

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