(For Immediate Release -- Halifax, NS) The Board of Directors of the IWK Health Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Krista Jangaard as the health centre’s new president & CEO, effective immediately. Dr. Jangaard, who has acted as the interim president & CEO for the past year, was selected following a comprehensive national competition to fill the position on a permanent basis.
“Dr. Jangaard is an incredible leader and a highly regarded academic neonatologist. She is well known for her professional accomplishments as well as her passion and commitment to improving the health of women, children and families,” says Karen Hutt, Chair, IWK Board of Directors.
“Dr. Jangaard is the ideal fit for the IWK as we navigate a changing health system, address increasing demands and complexities facing staff, and leverage the organization’s strong voice to represent the interests and needs of the patients and families we serve,” she says. She will play a key role in providing system leadership, through developing and sustaining effective partnerships throughout the region, and by closely working with government to move the Health Centre’s mandate forward, says Hutt.
“I am thrilled to have the privilege to lead an organization that is so very close to my heart and one that has shaped my career and been my home for the past 30 years,” says Dr. Jangaard. “I view my new role as an opportunity to give back to the IWK and make a positive impact on not only the current and future health of our patients and families, but also the staff, physicians and learners who make this an exceptional academic health sciences centre,” she says.
Dr. Jangaard first joined the IWK in 1988 to complete her residency training, becoming a staff member in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in 1996. In 2008, she assumed the role of Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and in 2010 become the Neonatal-Perinatal Division Head. She was appointed to the position of Vice President of Medicine in 2016.
Dr. Jangaard is an associate professor at Dalhousie University in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She holds a Masters of Health Administration from Dalhousie University, which earned her the Glenn Moore Memorial Award and the Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations Award for Academic Excellence.
About the IWK Health Centre
The IWK Health Centre is the Maritime region's leading health care and research centre dedicated to the well-being of women, children, youth and families. In addition to providing highly specialized and complex care, the IWK provides certain primary care services and is a strong advocate for the health of families. The IWK is a global leader in research and knowledge sharing, and a partner in educating the next generation of health professionals. Visit www.iwk.nshealth.ca for more information.
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