Vickie Kaminski leaving Eastern Health

Published on March 14, 2014
Vickie Kaminski

Vickie Kaminski has quit Eastern Health.

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.”