VANCOUVER, BC – After dedicating four decades of his life to transforming health care in BC, Alberta and Ontario through innovative, forward-thinking and a willingness to take action in the interest of improved patient care, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) President & CEO Carl Roy, will retire in February 2020.
“As we celebrate Carl Roy’s retirement from PHSA, it’s an excellent opportunity to reflect on the many contributions he made to the health authority – and to our province’s entire health system – in his almost 40 years of public service,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “I’ve seen the impact of the leadership and unique perspective Carl provided to help solve thorny challenges and embrace new opportunities that improved services for British Columbians. His work to create a system that responds well to innovation and change leaves an important legacy for future PHSA leadership.”
“Carl Roy is a man undaunted by tasks that others may deem ‘too hard’ or ‘too complicated,’” said PHSA Board Chair Tim Manning. “Rather, he is a change agent and a values-driven leader consistently focused on what it means to do “the right thing” by patients and the health care system overall. His name is synonymous with achievement, but his real legacy will be the impact of time invested in mentoring others and providing counsel to those in whom he saw great potential. These are the people who will continue to lead as Carl steps aside.”
Carl was appointed President & CEO of PHSA in January 2014, after serving in a number of other key leadership positions, including Senior Vice President, and before that, Executive Officer for the Emergency and Health Services Commission (now BC Emergency Health Services). Prior to joining PHSA, Carl served as the CEO of Providence Health Care, President of the Caritas Health Group in Edmonton, and President & CEO of Sudbury General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Sudbury, Ontario, as well as with several private sector health care companies.
In recent years, Carl has been a key partner to the Ministry of Health in executing on their vision for dramatic shifts in thinking and practice to achieve better health outcomes for the people of BC. Changes are already underway that will see the Ministry, PHSA and BC’s regional health authorities collaborate in new ways to advance opportunities for systemic change that will yield better, safer and more seamless care and a more satisfying care experience for patients, families and care providers in all corners of the province.
Carl’s decision to retire is a personal one, driven by a desire to focus on his family, on his wife Deborah, his grown children, and his grandchildren. He looks forward to real vacations without a phone by his side. He will continue to serve for approximately the next six months while PHSA’s Board of Directors leads the search for his replacement.
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