HQCA announces new Chief Executive Officer
July 31, 2014
Message from Dr. Tony Fields, Chair, Health Quality Council of Alberta:
As Chair of the Health Quality Council of Alberta’s (HQCA) Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce Mr. Andrew Neuner as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective September 8, 2014.
Mr. Neuner is an accomplished and visionary healthcare executive leader. He has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, most recently with Interior Health in British Columbia, one of the largest health regions in Canada, where he is Vice President, Community Integration.
Mr. Neuner’s extensive skills, breadth of experience, and passion for improving healthcare quality will effectively position him to lead the HQCA into the future. The HQCA’s success in improving patient safety and health service quality in Alberta is dependent on our objective perspective of healthcare quality, effective collaboration with our stakeholders, and listening to the voice of Albertans. Mr. Neuner has the right skill set to meet these needs and continue the successful momentum the HQCA has gained since its inception 11 years ago.
In his outgoing role as Vice President, Community Integration at Interior Health, Mr. Neuner ensures that patients experience coordinated and continuous care among all community health services, including public health, community care, primary care, and mental health. He was previously Chief Operating Officer with Interior Health, and Chief Executive Officer of Cornwall Hospital in Ontario. Mr. Neuner holds a Master of Arts in Leadership & Training, a Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Health Services Administration.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Patricia Pelton, Acting Chief Executive Officer, for her commitment to the HQCA over the last 10 months. Under her effective leadership the HQCA was able to smoothly navigate the organization through several significant projects. She has demonstrated unwavering dedication to improving Alberta’s health system, and we are grateful for her contributions. Ms. Pelton will remain with the HQCA until September 7, 2014.
We thank Albertans and all of our stakeholders for their continued support as the HQCA continues to fulfill its mandate to improve patient safety and health service quality across the province.
A. L. A. (Tony) Fields, CM, MA, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Health Quality Council of Alberta