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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

HSN RECRUITS INTERNATIONAL EXPERT IN GERIATRIC MEDICINE

Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord (HSN) announced today that it has successfully recruited one of Canada's foremost experts on seniors health care.

Dr. Janet McElhaney is a Professor of Medicine and the Allan M. McGavin Chair in Geriatrics Research at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. Dr. McElhaney is also the Physician Program Director for Elder Care Acute Services at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, and an Associate Professor in the Centre on Aging, Department of Immunology at the University of Connecticut's School of Medicine.

Dr. McElhaney will be leaving Vancouver in September to assume her new position as the Medical Lead for Seniors Care at Health Sciences North. In this capacity, Dr. McElhaney will provide front-line patient care and lead the ongoing development of geriatric medicine and seniors initiatives at HSN, through the newly created position of Medical Lead, Seniors Care.

"I am particularly interested in developing and supporting a system-wide approach to the care of older adults in hospital, so I am very excited to begin my work in Greater Sudbury," stated Dr. McElhaney.

"We are very excited that someone of Dr. McElhaney's reputation and calibre is joining the HSN family," says Dr. Chris Bourdon, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Medical and Academic Affairs. "In her capacity as Medical Lead for Seniors Care, Dr. McElhaney will develop programs and models of care that will make Sudbury one of the most innovative communities in Canada when it comes to the provision of effective care for seniors. This is very good news for our community."

"Congratulations to Health Sciences North on recruiting Dr. McElhaney to Greater Sudbury," says the Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Sudbury MPP. "Seniors care is one of the most important health care priorities in our community and the province, and the addition of Dr. McElhaney is terrific news for our seniors, who deserve the highest quality of care for their unique needs."

"This is outstanding news for Health Sciences North, and for Greater Sudbury," add Her Worship Marianne Matichuk, Mayor Greater Sudbury. "This is another indication that we are becoming a centre of excellence in health care and that the quality of life in Greater Sudbury is second to none."

"Dr. McElhaney is a world-class physician, researcher and expert in seniors health, and her recruitment to Greater Sudbury is a major accomplishment for HSN," says President and CEO Dr. Denis Roy. "Her innovative care approaches have the potential to revolutionize health care for seniors, and it is the people of Greater Sudbury who will benefit from her work."

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