– Saskatoon Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Chair Mike Stensrud today announced Saskatoon Health Region's President and CEO Dan Florizone is taking a medical leave of absence for the next few months to address personal health issues.
"Dan has done, and will continue to do, leading edge work for the people and patients of Saskatoon Health Region and this province. Dan has told me that unfortunately, he must now temporarily step away from his duties to address personal health issues and I ask that everyone respect his privacy during this period." Stensrud emphasized that, "While the timing is difficult and Dan wanted to continue leading the Region through the current financial challenge, his health issues have reached a point where a short leave is necessary in order to focus solely on his health."
Stensrud added, "Dan is a friend and his work is highly respected by the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority and the Region as a whole. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his return."
SRHA has appointed Andrew Will, 3sHealth's CEO, as Saskatoon Health Region's Interim President and CEO. He will spend about 80 per cent of his time leading Saskatoon Health Region and 20 per cent of his time serving 3sHealth. Will's 3sHealth management team will take on additional duties during this time period.
Will assumes the role of Saskatoon Health Region's Interim President and CEO effective immediately.
"I have worked with and respected Dan for many years. He has started this organization on an incredible journey where it is improving every day to provide exceptional and safe care to patients, clients, residents and their families. His work here has the attention of healthcare providers across the country," says Will. "I want to support this Region's strong leadership team during this time and ensure that the momentum continues. I also know that I am joining the Region at a time when it is experiencing some significant financial challenges."
Will plans to spend the next few weeks meeting with the Region leadership teams, reviewing their plans and the Board's financial and operational recommendations, and working to support implementation of recommendations internally and through close discussions with government.
"I commend the hard work and dedication that Saskatoon Health Region's staff and physicians demonstrate every day. This is an amazing organization to be part of; the leadership, staff and physicians in this Region are clearly committed to continuous improvement and providing the highest quality care. This will never change," says Stensrud.