Dr. Verna Yiu appointed interim AHS President and CEO

Dr. Verna Yiu has been appointed interim President and CEO of Alberta Health Services, effective January 11, 2016.

Dr. Verna Yiu appointed interim President and CEO of Alberta Health Services

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Verna Yiu as interim President and CEO of Alberta Health Services (AHS). Verna will take on this role effective January 11, 2016.

I am so pleased that Verna has agreed to take on this important role. Verna is a well-regarded senior health leader with solid relationships across the spectrum of health care. She will provide leadership and stability, and will work with the board to continue to ensure high quality health care delivery and innovation across the province.

Verna takes over the role from Vickie Kaminski, who announced her resignation last month. Vickie will work on the transition with Verna after January 11. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Vickie for her commitment and dedication to AHS, and also to wish her the very best.

Verna is currently the Vice President Quality and Chief Medical Officer. She joined AHS in 2012, and her role has been to oversee the integration and coordination of a diverse, multi-faceted, end-to-end health delivery model for the province. She places a strong emphasis on the importance of quality and patient safety, engagement, leadership development and relationships between medical staff and the health care system.

Prior to coming to AHS, she was the interim dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, preceded by senior positions in the dean’s office since 2000. Verna is an alumnus of the University of Alberta and Harvard University and concurrently is a Professor of Pediatrics at the U of A. Verna has over 18 years of experience in health administration, both within the health care delivery system and the academic setting. Her leadership roles have spanned heading clinical operations, leading medical education reforms and developing strong partnerships with academic institutions, government bodies and other clinician-led organizations.

I have already had the opportunity to get to know Verna in her current role, and I am confident that she will continue to provide strong, vibrant leadership at AHS. There are great opportunities ahead to continue to innovate and to evolve health care delivery in this province.

I would like to thank all of you for your continued support and partnership.


Linda Hughes
AHS Board Chair

David Cournoyer
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta

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