The executive director of Island Health’s Geography 2 region, which includes the problem-plagued Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, is no longer with the health authority.
Island Health has confirmed with CHEK News that Suzanne Fox has left and the recruitment process will begin shortly to fill the executive director position on a permanent basis.
A story by theBreaker.com says Fox was escorted from NRGH on Jan.8.
“We cannot comment further on personnel matters,” Island Health said in a statement.
Fox’s departure comes two months after a scathing report that said Nanaimo General Hospital is “failing significantly in regard to managing people.”
The criticisms were provided by Vector Group of Denver, Colo. The group surveyed 473 people who work at the hospital to prepare the cultural assessment report.
Initial findings said there is too much focus on budget and not enough on people while allowing a toxic culture to exist.
Fox was also in charge of the $174 million IHealth project, which has faced numerous complaints from some doctors who say it was ill-conceived, not efficient and put patient care in jeopardy.
Geography 2, which includes Nanaimo, Oceanside and Port Alberni, is led by an executive director and an executive medical director who share accountability for services across the area. All of Island Health’s geographic areas have these two positions.