The North West LHIN is pleased to announce that the role of Vice-President, Clinical, will be filled jointly by Dr. Stewart Kennedy and Dr. Sarah Newbery.
Dr. Kennedy has been a family physician in Thunder Bay for more than 30 years while Dr. Newbery has been a comprehensive family physician in the rural community of Marathon for 21 years.
Both are clinicians whose work is grounded in their community-based Family Health Teams and their local hospital settings.
As a result of their clinical work, they have a deep understanding of the challenges facing clinicians and patients across the northwest region.
“This is a really important time for Ontario’s health-care system,” Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Newbery said.
“As family physicians who have worked in our region for many years, we have a shared understanding of the need to improve the health-care system for patients in our region.
“We also know how important it is to improve the system for the health-care providers who are working hard every day to deliver the best care they can to our region’s citizens,” they added.
“We are looking forward to working together in this role with the LHIN, and we look forward to working with other clinical leaders across the region to improve care in their local communities and clinical settings.”
“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Newbery to the North West LHIN team,” said North West LHIN CEO Laura Kokocinski.
“Their varied experience will play a critical role in the ongoing transformation and integration of primary care, sub-region planning, and health services in Northwestern Ontario,” she noted.
Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Newbery also bring to their shared role a variety of experiences with several provincial organizations and a well-developed network of colleagues across the province.
Dr. Kennedy brings to the role his experience as the Primary Care Lead for the North West LHIN and his senior leadership role with Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
He is a past president of the Ontario Medical Association and is a member of the board of Health Quality Ontario.
Dr. Newbery, meanwhile, currently is a member of several provincial health-care related committees, is chief of staff of the North of Superior Health Care Group, and is a past president of the Ontario College of Family Physicians.
Both have faculty appointments as assistant professors at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and have been actively involved with NOSM in a variety of capacities.
As well, both have been recognized for their clinical and academic leadership.