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Centre for Healthcare Innovation lauded for its leadership and vision

February 19, 2014 — 

The George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) was awarded silver in the Institute of Public Administration of Canada(IPAC) /Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards program for exceptional leadership in Canada’s healthcare sector.

Organizations are recognized by IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards for their bold, strategic thinking, innovation in public policy and visionary leadership.

In announcing the winners, IPAC/Deloitte stated that the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) won the Silver Award for “its solution to bridging and integrating academic research and practitioner’s clinical expertise to create evidence – based decision making and policy and leading-edge approaches to care to help Manitoba’s health system meet the challenge of delivering high quality, cost-effective healthcare.”

They noted that CHI experts and leaders in the areas of knowledge synthesis, knowledge translation, project management, data science, health system performance, evaluation and real-world clinical trials are working together to develop projects that challenge, innovate and transform the healthcare system.

CHI was established in 2008 as a partnership between the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority following a $2.5-M donation by University of Manitoba alumnus George Yee [MD/60].

CHI fosters important collaborations by bringing together leaders and practitioners from all disciplines in academia and practice to ensure that the latest research and evidence are translated into improved patient outcomes, enhanced patient experiences and improved access to care for Manitobans.

“We are very proud of our partnership with the Winnipeg Health Region in establishing the CHI as a cutting-edge centre that will spearhead important health system improvements, translate research and address the challenges of rising health care costs and growing resource demands across the health sector,” said Dr. Brian Postl, Dean of Medicine, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Vice-Provost (Health Sciences), University of Manitoba.

“This type of collaboration is essential for the future of health care,” said Arlene Wilgosh, president and chief executive officer for the Winnipeg Health Region. “Enabling cross-discipline access for staff both providing and researching quality care will help us to integrate new research innovations seamlessly into the patient care experience.”


About IPAC

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), founded in 1947, is a dynamic association of public servants, academics, and others interested in public administration. IPAC is a membership-based organization with 18 regional groups across Canada, which creates effective knowledge networks, leads public administration research and is a major player in exporting successful Canadian public-sector expertise around the world.

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