Health Authority welcomes new CEO

The Health Services Authority has appointed a Chief Executive Officer, Craig Brown, who will start 1 April.

Pastor Al Ebanks, chairman of the board of the HSA, Friday announced the appointment.

Mr. Ebanks said he was glad that the search was over.

‘I am greatly relieved. It’s obviously been one of the priorities of the board. It’s been seven months. It’s been a long process. I’m glad we’ve reached a successful conclusion with Mr. Brown. I’m looking forward to working with him to accomplish the objectives of the organisation,’ Mr. Ebanks said.

Mr. Brown, who signed a three-year contract, will be responsible for the overall management of the HSA, including administration, financial operations, patient care services, support services, clinical services and medical affairs.

Mr. Brown was chosen from a short list of four candidates who came to Cayman for final interviews in January.

He has more than 25 years of varied executive leadership experience in the health care industry.

Mr. Brown was most recently CEO of Blind River Health Care Centre in Ontario, Canada, and before that was CEO of the Coaldale Health Care Centre in Coaldale, Alberta.

Mr. Ebanks has said that once a CEO is in place, other key positions would then be filled. The HSA will now focus on the search for a chief financial officer and a human resources director.

‘The CEO will give direction to the overall organisation. Our next challenge is to fill the two other positions. We want the CEO to be involved in that decision-making process,’ he said.

Once a CFO and HR director are hired, the HSA can tackle the issue of putting finances in order.

‘In terms of having a comprehensive financial plan in place, I would imagine the CEO would want to wait until those two other positions are filled,’ Mr. Ebanks said.

The two jobs have previously been advertised and some applications are in, he added.

‘We will be renewing our efforts in advertising these positions to give us the best choices,’ Mr. Ebanks said.

He spoke of Mr. Brown’s extensive qualifications for the job.

‘Mr. Brown’s experience, knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing healthcare will be instrumental in providing the leadership necessary to position the HSA for continued success,’ he said.

Mr. Ebanks expects the new CEO to take time at first to acquaint himself with the HSA.

‘He was here before and had a tour of the facilities. He was on-island (last) week. One of the first things will be to introduce him to people and have him do what he thinks is essential in meeting staff and viewing facilities.

‘It is really about getting to know people and building relationships with key people in the organisation who he will be dealing with on a day-to-day basis.

‘Everybody has his own style which will determine how he will build relationships to effectively and efficiently run the hospital,’ Mr. Ebanks said.

In addition to his experience in hospitals, Mr. Brown has run his own healthcare consulting firm.

He said he is excited about the opportunity to lead the HSA.

‘It appears to me that the HSA is a well-positioned organization with outstanding quality care and a superb workforce of dedicated professionals. I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the board, employees and our patients to continue with the quality of caring that has been the hallmark of this great health care system,’ Mr. Brown said.

He and his wife, Gloria, have four adult sons and six grandsons.

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