Hopefully a new beginning at the CMPA (Canadian Medical Protective Association)
Members will be pleased to learn that Dr. Hartley Stern has been appointed the incoming Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the CMPA.
Dr. Stern is a respected healthcare executive, and an experienced clinician and educator. He is currently the Executive Director of the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) in Montréal. As a result of Dr. Stern’s leadership, the hospital achieved impressive improvements in administrative efficiency and has been widely recognized for its patient safety advancements. JGH was one of the first hospitals in Québec to introduce public reporting of quality of care and patient safety indicators. As well, the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) recognized JGH as the most efficient hospital in Canada in 2012.
Dr. Stern understands the medico-legal needs of CMPA members and is dedicated to the Association’s fundamental principle of "doctors looking after doctors". His enthusiasm for risk management and patient safety improvements firmly aligns with the Association’s mandate of protection and safer medical care.
Members will find in Dr. Stern a seasoned leader, an advocate and a collaborator. As an experienced healthcare leader, he brings an understanding of the issues that are important to Canadian physicians and to our key stakeholders. He is fluent in both official languages and is known for working collaboratively to address a wide range of issues. We are truly fortunate that come the fall, we will rely on his leadership to steer us through the next chapter of our history.
A comprehensive handover will be initiated on September 30, 2013, which will see Dr. Stern and Dr. Gray working closely together. Once the transition is successfully completed in October, Dr. Gray will retire from the CMPA having served the Association for over 13 years.
Lawrence E. Groves, MD, MCFP
President John E. Gray, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer