Vickie Kaminski leaving Eastern Health

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Vickie Kaminski has quit Eastern Health.

Vickie Kaminski

Board chairman Michael O’Keefe advised today he accepted the resignation of Vickie Kaminski, President and CEO, of Eastern Health, effective May 31.

 As was announced by Alberta Health Services, Kaminski has been appointed the president and CEO of Alberta Health Services, the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services to nearly four million people living in Alberta. That appointment takes effect June 1, 2014.

 “It was with regret that I did accept Ms. Kaminski’s resignation,”O’Keefe said in a news release. “Ms. Kaminski has provided outstanding leadership since coming to Eastern Health in June 2009 and it has been a privilege to work with her for the past several years to improve the quality and safety of care being provided to the residents of the eastern region and to strive to put the organization on sound financial footing.”

 Kaminski was appointed to the job in the wake of the scandal over breast cancer treatment errors and the subsequent Cameron Inquiry.

“When Ms. Kaminski arrived, Eastern Health had a lot of work to do to instill confidence in the quality and safety of care being provided by the organization,” O’Keefe said. “Her approach in dealing with issues in an open, transparent and honest way has served the organization well in rebuilding that confidence among not only the people directly served by Eastern Health but indeed right across the province.”

The recruitment of a replacement for Kaminski will begin soon, O’Keefe said.

Premier Tom Marshall thanks Kaminski for her outstanding service.

“Vickie Kaminski represents the very best in quality leadership and we have been privileged to have her expertise and professionalism at the helm of the province’s largest regional health authority since 2009,” Marshall said. “Ms. Kaminski came to our province at a difficult time and she has helped restore faith in our health care system, something for which we will forever be grateful.  While we are certainly saddened to see her go, on behalf of the people of the province, I want to wish Ms. Kaminski all the best in her future endeavors.”


Organizations: Alberta Health Services

Geographic location: Alberta

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Recent comments

  • marcel
    March 16, 2014 - 12:23

    this is too funny another person leaving nl for alb. haha .what did he say before he was premier oh yes I will bring all nlers back home .back in 2003

  • A
    March 16, 2014 - 10:27

    And the nurses of Newfoundland do the dance of joy. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Interested Party
    March 15, 2014 - 05:30

    I am saddened to see her leave. She presented a calm strong presence in the face of extreme pressures. It is very difficult to lead multi disciplined operational groups in a unionized environment, and not many people are equipped to handle such a complex role. I hope an equally strong leader can be found for this huge organization.

  • Guy incognito
    March 14, 2014 - 22:28

    Off to another big salary right Vicki? What exactly did you do while you were here? Came from Ontario after screwing them up, did a questionable job here, and rides off into the sunset . Don't let the door hit you on the way out......

  • darrell
    March 14, 2014 - 21:02

    He or she is not created to fix all of the health problems in our province, especially with Eastern Health. I thought Vicki did an admirable job. I would like to offer her best wishes in her next job and thank her for a job well done.

  • Angela
    March 14, 2014 - 18:49

    Just another instance of Newfoundland and Labrador being used as a "stepping stone" until something more alluring with a higher salary comes along. None of them even consider the consequences to the people of NL. They are not concerned about individual health care; just dollar signs at their rising bank accounts. I was admitted to hospital just after Christmas directly from Emergency, and they didn't even have any gowns. I had to lie in bed for hours with my street clothes on.

    • Frank M
      March 16, 2014 - 16:45

      Oh cry me a river...thank god you're not in charge of anything

  • sheilagh
    March 14, 2014 - 17:08

    Thanks for a job well done. it wasn't easy walking into that position. You filled it with true professionalism. Stood up to the tough questions and was always direct and forthcoming. Wish you all the best in Alberta

  • Duffy
    March 14, 2014 - 16:26

    She came in and cleaned up some messes but after a couple years was just another "yes man" to the PC's at $360,000 a year. We do have to give her credit for changing a system that was killing people via bad testing and covering it up. BUT now we need someone that will work at a reasonable salary and fix the waiting times and especially the Poor Emergency Room issues. Wish her the best but let's get someone who makes the system work instead of "dragging along" barely functioning.

  • Me-old-stick-in-the-mud
    March 14, 2014 - 15:55

    Double good riddance... It just took too long to dump you.. That's the sad thing... You leave us in a mess.Tom Marshall seems not to know what he is talking about - I [guess] he is just being polite...[I hope] However, if he, or any other government politician, or any of the creme de la creme of our fair island had to go to the emergency department, or just get in any line up to see a regular doctor, and then, find out they have to wait 2 years to see a specialist, they would know what the rest of us are experiencing. However, do they, or are Florida medical clinics on standby for our creme de la creme gang. I just wish they would throw us a few bones...That's all... Our MCP is hurting. We are put it mildly. Is it necessary to fill her position, and, at such a staggering salary... I put the question to up and coming PC Bill Barry.

    March 14, 2014 - 15:41

    Thatguy. Obviously you don't have many friends in Sudbury or read the Sudbury Star. Pity you have to end your tirade with an old Kaminski quote... No originals of your own ?. No I haven't walked a mile..., only 50 years or so in various health facilities around the world. Have you ?.

  • poisoned
    March 14, 2014 - 14:52

    Good riddance

    March 14, 2014 - 14:24

    What wonderful news. Like a ray of sunshine in the current climate. Next time let us hope that the Trustees have enough sense not to pick someone with a lot of baggage.

    • Thatguy
      March 14, 2014 - 14:43

      And what baggage would that be? She is an incredible lady who came in like Mr. *#$@-ing Clean to clean up the mess that was our health system after the Cameron Inquiry and did one hell of an excellent job doing it! There will always be the minority who will never be satisfied until there is a money tree in every backyard and your every wish done before you can even think of it. We have lost an excellent public servant and Alberta are very lucky to have her. Every issue that's arisen she has tackled head on and corrected as quickly as she has been able and has done so while keeping the public informed on how the changes will improve our healthcare system and working within the budget constraints of an aging population and shrinking tax base. Don't cast stones until you've walked a mile in those shoes sir.

    • Guy incognito
      March 14, 2014 - 22:36

      That guy - hate to break it to you but Vickie didn't clean up the mess. Even with extra money budgeted she didn't clean up anything.