Rick Hillier for Eastern Health?

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According to the news, Vickie Kaminski, president and CEO of Eastern Health, has tendered her resignation, effective May 31. She is moving to Alberta.

It has been said the graveyards of the world are filled with the decaying remains of those people once thought to be indispensable and, Lord God, everyone knows doctors and nurses will continue to bury their mistakes.

I guess the headhunters will be called in to find a replacement for grinning George Tilley’s replacement.

In the interest of this place and having nothing to gain personally or financially from what I will propose, may I suggest the premier and cabinet of this province take a good look at the ability and credentials of retired Canadian Army Gen. Rick Hillier?

(1) He knows recruitment and retention of new employees.

(2) He knows the front line and the importance of putting the right people and resources where needed.

(3) He knows of training, training and more training and of promotion on merit alone.

(4) He knows about physical fitness and the need for an active lifestyle as the route to good health.

(5) He is not inclined to pass the buck or to cover his own arse. It would be interesting to hear Hillier’s opinion of a patient (client? How Orwellian!) dying outside of his hospital bed or on  the floor of a surgical operating room.

Vickie Kaminski leaves the relatively small Eastern Health for the province-wide health authority serving four million Albertans.

Question: with all the instant communication methods available today, isn’t it about time Newfoundland and Labrador had a single health authority?

So, Premier Tom Marshall (or is it Premier Frank the Second?), Health Minister Susan Sullivan and Education Minister Clyde Jackman, take a look at Rick Hillier to replace Kaminski. It won’t hurt.

Tom Careen


Organizations: Canadian Army

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • Corporate Psycho
    March 28, 2014 - 14:52

    What about Rick Mercer?

  • Des Qualified
    March 27, 2014 - 12:56

    Why not Strombo for new CEO of Health. It might save HNIC.

  • Jeff
    March 27, 2014 - 12:21

    Johnny II, It is obvious that Joe is being sarcastic and joking about Doc. I do agree, however, that whoever replaces Ms. Kaminski should be quite familiar with the Health Care System.

  • Johnny II
    March 27, 2014 - 09:57

    If you're not joking Joe I'd suggest the wind kept you awake all night.

    • Johnny II
      March 27, 2014 - 12:19

      My comment was directed at Joe...see below.

  • Pat
    March 27, 2014 - 09:26

    It's obvious he wasn't a leader in the eyes of Steven Harper, why the hell would Eastern Health want him. Might want to look at Debbie Forward, she's been around health a long time.

    • Carol
      March 28, 2014 - 01:36

      Please not Debbie forward because she thinks there are only nurses in the health care and forgets all the other people that it takes to keeo a hospital going from dietary, housekeeping up to the doctors

  • Dee
    March 27, 2014 - 09:13

    It's great that you may know someone that you think who are good for the job,but shouldn't that person have some knowledge about the Heath Care.The health of the people is more about hiring staff,and fitness.Besides how many more government pensions to these people need,I'm sure there must be a lot of people out there who needs a job and fits the profile.

  • Jason
    March 27, 2014 - 08:55

    If he isn't available maybe we can get Don Cherry.

  • Joe
    March 27, 2014 - 08:53

    If Rick is not available, Doc is another one with "proven leadership".

  • Just sayin
    March 27, 2014 - 08:37

    Yeah, like he was going to kick ass and destroy the Taliban, those scumbags.