Senior executive team

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Responsible for the day-to-day operations and management

Our senior executive team reports to the board of directors and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Senior executive team organizational chart

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Senior executive team members

Mary Ackenhusen
President and Chief Executive Officer
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Coastal Health, Mary Ackenhusen leads the largest academic and tertiary health authority in British Columbia. A member of the VCH Senior Executive Team since 2007, Mary has distinguished her collaborative leadership style by fostering a patient-centred approach to care, innovation and the redesign of services to enhance quality and efficiency.

Clay Adams
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs
Clay Adams, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, has extensive experience in strategic communications and planning, media relations, issues management and stakeholder communications in Australia and Canada.
Laura Case
Chief Operating Officer - Vancouver Community
As Chief Operating Officer for VCH Vancouver Community, Laura Case oversees a wide-ranging, $600 million portfolio of health care services and programs that are provided outside of the Vancouver Acute Care setting. This wide and diverse portfolio includes Mental Health and Addiction; Adult and Older Adult; Home and Community Care; Housing; Infant, Child and Youth; Public Health; Primary Care; and Residential Care
Dr. Jeff Coleman
Vice President, Regional Programs and Service Integration
Dr. Jeff Coleman is the Vice President of Regional Programs and Service Integration, and was formerly Chief Operating Officer for Richmond Health Services and Executive Director of Medical Affairs for Vancouver Coastal Health. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, and continues to practice in his specialty of emergency medicine.

Glen Copping
Chief Financial Officer and VP of Systems Development & Performance
Glen Copping is responsible for financial services, general counsel and legal services, facilities, Business Initiatives and Support Services (BISS), patient flow improvement, internal audit, supply chain and logistics, and decision support.
Dr. Patricia Daly
Chief Medical Health Officer and Vice President, Public Health
Dr. Patricia Daly is Chief Medical Health Officer and the Vice President, Public Health for Vancouver Coastal Health. As a public health physician, her primary mandate is to improve the health of the population that VCH serves through prevention and health promotion. She is also a Clinical Professor in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Dianne Doyle
President and Chief Executive Officer, Providence Health Care
Dianne Doyle was appointed in September 2006 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Providence Health Care, one of Canada's largest faith-based health care organizations based in Vancouver, BC. Dianne brings to the role more than 20 years of senior executive experience in health care and over 25 years directly at Providence Health Care. Before taking on this new role, Dianne was a Vice President of Clinical Programs at Providence Health Care.
Vivian Eliopoulos
Chief Operating Officer - Vancouver Acute
As Chief Operating Officer - Vancouver Acute, Vivian Eliopoulos oversees the operations of Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital and G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, where secondary, tertiary, quaternary, as well as ambulatory services are provided to British Columbians from Vancouver and across the province.
Wendy Hansson
Chief Operating Officer - Coastal
As a Chief Operating Officer Coastal, Wendy Hansson oversees the delivery of health care on the North Shore, Sea-to-Sky, Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola. She brings to the role over 20 years of senior management experience in clinical operations, health care system transformation, financial/capital and strategic planning and policy development at the provincial, regional and local levels across the care continuum.
Anne Harvey
Vice President, Employee Engagement, Vancouver Coastal Health
Anne Harvey joined Vancouver Coastal Health in 2005 and oversees an Employee Engagement team that encompasses services ranging from recruitment and employee relations, to workplace health and clinical education.
Mike Nader
Chief Operating Officer - Richmond
As a chief operating officer for Vancouver Coastal Health, Mike Nader oversees the delivery of acute and community health services in Richmond. Prior to this role, Mike served as Executive Director of the consolidated medical imaging service at Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care, Fraser Health, and the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Dr. Patrick O'Connor
Vice President, Medicine, Quality and Safety
Dr. Patrick O’Connor, Vice President, Medicine, Quality and Safety, is responsible for leadership and direction in the delivery of quality clinical services in a variety of health areas across Vancouver Coastal Health. He leads the VCH Patient Safety Steering Group and collaborates with senior leadership from other health authorities to implement province-wide systems to prevent, identify and resolve patient safety and quality issues. Some of the areas included in his portfolio are infection control as well as client relations and risk management.

Susan Wannamaker
Vice President Professional Practice and Chief Nursing Officer - VCH
A graduate of the University of Alberta with a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Minnesota, Susan is VP of Professional Practice and Chief Nursing Officer for VCH as well as Executive Sponsor for the Regional Surgical Services Program.

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