New Leadership at the MUHC
Montreal - On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Peter Kruyt, Chair of the Board, congratulated Dr. Pierre Gfeller today on his appointment as President and Executive Director. Dr. Gfeller will be assuming his new responsibilities on May 28th.
“The MUHC is proud of the pivotal role it plays in terms of patient care, teaching, research and technology assessment in Quebec and Canada, and we are confident that Dr. Gfeller has the skills and the experience required to ensure we maintain our leadership position in a rapidly evolving health care environment,” explained Mr. Kruyt. “At both the CIUSSS and Sacre-Coeur he broke down barriers within the institutions and united stakeholders, from physicians and health care professionals to staff, patients and donors behind a common vision, strategy and action plan. And, furthermore, he secured the constant support of the Quebec government.”
“An added advantage,” continued Mr. Kruyt, “is that Pierre is a graduate of the McGill Faculty of Medicine. He understands our culture and our values and shares our focus on providing outstanding care for and with patients.”
Mr. Gfeller has 37 years of experience in the health and social services network, working as a family physician from 1981 to 2006 and becoming a hospital administrator in 1997. He has been the President and Executive Director of the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal for the past three years where he oversaw the successful integration of hospitals, specialized clinics, CHSLDs and CLSCs while achieving and maintaining a balanced budget over the last 3 years. He had previously been Executive Director of the Sacré-Coeur Hospital for three years where he strengthened relations and partnerships with, for example, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal as well as the Foundation, while promoting a culture of continuous improvement in care and administration.
“The MUHC has a proud tradition of excellence, and I am excited about joining this world-class institution,” noted Dr. Gfeller. “Over the next several months my intention is to consult broadly and work with the Board, the management team as well as the physicians, nurses and professionals on establishing together our priorities and our game plan. Together we will set a path forward that builds on our strengths, stresses innovation and ensures Quebecers continue to benefit from leading-edge care.”
Dr Gfeller graduated from the McGill faculty of medicine (MD, CM) in 1980. He earned a DESS in public health from Laval University in 1986, a Master’s in Business Administration from UQAM in 2000 and an Executive MBA from U.Paris-Dauphine in 2000 as well.
“It goes without saying that the last two years have been challenging for the MUHC,” added Mr. Kruyt. “We are grateful to Martine Alfonso, who has provided us with steady and solid leadership. She is a true professional, and we are delighted that she will continue to be an integral part of our organization.”
“I am fortunate to have a leader with Martine’s experience and talent as Associate President and Executive Director. She is a valuable member of our team, and I know that I will benefit from her knowledge, her insights and her problem-solving capabilities,” stated Dr. Gfeller.
About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
One of the world’s foremost academic health centres, the MUHC offers exceptional and integrated patient-centric care, research, teaching and technology assessment. Affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University and at the helm of the RUIS-McGill, the MUHC has a mandate to focus on complex care and is highly committed to working with partner organizations to ensure continuum of care in its community. The partner hospitals of the MUHC—the Lachine Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute, the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Montreal Children's Hospital—value multidisciplinary service throughout the lifespan, innovative technologies and practices, strategic partnerships and leadership in knowledge transfer. The MUHC is currently carrying out an ambitious redevelopment which has seen the opening at the Glen site and is currently being carried further at the Montreal General and Lachine hospitals. The project will support environments that ensure patients and their families receive the best care possible, now and for many generations to come. The sites are also anchored in best sustainable-development practices, including LEED® and BOMA BESt guidelines.
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