April 1st begins third year of health regionalization in Winnipeg

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Monday April 3, 2000

On April 1, 2000, the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) and the Urban Shared Services Corporation (USSC) amalgamated into the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

"We're very pleased that these organizations have made such a strong commitment to the regionalization process," says Dr. Brian Postl, Health Authority CEO. "As the health system in Winnipeg continues to evolve in it's own unique way, we are working to create an environment where change and evolution is comfortable and continual so the system can flex to meet the ever-changing health needs of the population. We welcome the staff of HSC and USSC, and look forward to working together toward this goal."

The Board of Directors of Health Sciences Centre announced the amalgamation into the Health Authority on April 1st, 1999. It became official over the weekend.

Urban Shared Services Corporation was formed in 1994 by the nine city hospitals to realize quality services and efficiencies through shared delivery of food and laundry services, materials management and disposal of biomedical wastes. Within the Health Authority these functions will now be provided as Logistics Services reporting to Paul Kochan, Vice-President of Finance.

"USSC staff are pleased to be identified as an integral part of the provision of health care services for the Winnipeg Region," said Jan Legeros, Acting CEO of the USSC. "We look forward to the continued close relationships with our current customers from the nine Winnipeg facilities as well as participating in future regionalization initiatives as part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. "

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