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Health minister appoints new RHA boards

Glen Hallick, Carman Valley Leader

Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced Thursday the permanent boards of directors for the new regional health authorities.

And for the Southern RHA, former Central RHA chair Denise Harder of Portage la Prairie will chair the new board.

Area representatives appointed to the 15-member board are: Paul Cenerini (Notre Dame de Lourdes), Donna Harasymec (Morden), Don Kuhl (Winkler), Cheryl McKitrick (Crystal City), and Daren Van Den Bussche (Portage la Prairie).

They are joined by vice-chair Guy Lévesque (Ste. Anne), Jean Balcaen (Richer), Roy Enns (Steinbach), Susan Hart-Kulbaba (Buffalo Point), Line Leclerc (La Broquerie), Ron Tardiff (Lorette), Leo Van Den Bussche (St. Adolphe), Armande LeClair (Letellier), and Guy Gagnon (Ste. Agathe).

"We are continuing to move forward with focusing on what matters most to Manitobans and, with five regional health authorities rather than 11, the administrative savings will be reinvested into supporting front-line care," Oswald said in a prepared statement.

Earlier this year the Selinger government announced it was reducing the number of RHAs from 11 to five as a budgetary measure.

As the new and larger authorities came together they were overseen by temporary boards, which selected their respective chief executive officers.

South RHA chose Kathy McPhail who was the CEO for the Central RHA.

All of the board appointees, the health minister said, were members of the previous board.

"The new boards now in place for regional health authorities have been selected to ensure an appropriate balance of skills, experience, diversity and geographic representation, and will focus on ensuring a smooth transition by streamlining the merged corporate operations while avoiding disruptions to front-line care," Oswald said.