Milton Sussman appointed President and CEO of WRHA

Milton Sussman
Milton Sussman

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Milton Sussman has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

The appointment, effective Oct. 15, was announced today by Dr. Jerry Gray, Chair of the Region's Board of Directors, and follows a lengthy national search for a new leader.

Sussman is currently Clerk of the Executive Council and Cabinet Secretary for the Manitoba government. He has an extensive background in health care, having previously served as Deputy Minister of Health & Healthy Living and Vice President of Long Term Care and Chief Allied Health Officer with the Region.

"I am pleased to welcome Mr. Sussman into the role of President and CEO," said Gray. "Milton has a wealth of experience in senior administrative roles across health-care, government, and the not-for-profit sector. He has a keen understanding of our organization and of the health system, both provincially and nationally. He also has a deep respect for patients, residents, and families, and I am confident he will provide the leadership necessary to move our health region forward and further strengthen the quality of the services we provide."

Sussman replaces former President and CEO Arlene Wilgosh, who retired in the spring. Interim President and CEO, Ms. Lori Lamont, will be returning to her previous position as Vice President, Interprofessional Practice and Chief Nursing Officer for the Region.

"I want to thank Lori for her leadership during the interim period," said Gray. "This position, whether interim or otherwise, is a challenging one. Her commitment and leadership during this time enabled our organization to continue its strategic planning and continue delivering health services that are essential for our many patients, residents, and clients across our health region."

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is responsible for co-ordinating and delivering health services, and promoting well-being within the Winnipeg and Churchill geographical areas. With approximately 28,000 people working within the Region and an annual operating budget of $2.6 billion, it is the largest health authority in Manitoba. The health authority serves residents of the city of Winnipeg as well as the northern community of Churchill, and the rural municipalities of East and West St. Paul, representing a total population of over 700,000. The health authority also provides support and specialty referral services to nearly half a million Manitobans who live beyond these boundaries, as well as residents of northwestern Ontario and Nunavut.

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