The monthly newsletter of the Canadian Stroke Strategy CSS Bulletin A joint initiative of the Canadian Stroke Network and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Issue 7 Prominent Canadians to guide much-needed changes to stroke prevention, care and treatment group of prominent diabetes and chronic disease, A Canadians, led by Kenneth Fyke, who headed Saskatchewan’s 2001 Commission Robert Teasell, Chair-Chief of the Department of Physical Medicine, St. Joseph’s Health Care London; and Tim Watson, Assistant on Medicare, will oversee a major national effort to change the way Clinical Professor of the Calgary stroke is managed in this country. Stroke Program in the Department Fyke has been appointed Chair of of Neurosciences at the University the Steering Committee of the of Calgary. Ex-Oficio members Canadian Stroke Strategy (CSS), are Alison McDonald, Co-Chair, a joint initiative of the Canadian Best Practices, Phil Teal, Co- Stroke Network and the Heart and Chair, Professional Development Stroke Foundation of Canada. The and Training, and Michael Hill, goal of the Canadian Stroke Chair, Information and Evaluation Strategy is to help support an inte- Working Group grated approach to stroke preven- tion, treatment and rehabilitation in Biographies for CSS Steering every province and territory by Committee members are as fol- 2010. lows. “The Canadian Stroke Strategy Kenneth J. Fyke gives us an opportunity to make a Ken Fyke has over 40 years of Kenneth Fyke will lead the CSS Steering Committee real impact on the health of experience in Canadian health ser- Canadians by improving the quali- vices. He is the author of “Caring munity reintegration. National plat- the Faculty of Medicine at the for Medicare-Sustaining a Quality ty of health-care systems in forms will be developed to support University of Montreal; Sandra Canada,” Fyke says. “It will serve System”, the 2001 Report of the public awareness building, guide- Black, Head of Neurology at Commission on Medicare in the as a model initiative, using leading lines and standards of care, training Sunnybrook and Women’s Health science to help create meaningful province of Saskatchewan. Ken of health professionals coordinated Sciences Centre; Brenda Flaherty, served as a member of the BC policy and practice change.” research and ongoing monitoring. Executive Vice-President of The Steering Committee is com- Royal Commission on Health Care While new research, treatments Clinical Operations at Hamilton Costs. He was the founding Chair posed of respected national experts and clinical practices developed in Health Sciences Corporation; from across the country with a of the Board of Directors of the last 10 years offer hope to Patricia Gallagher, a Canadian Blood Services (CBS), strong interest in fighting stroke, stroke patients, best practices are Neurosciences Clinical Nurse one of Canada’s leading causes of and has served as Deputy Minister not being consistently applied, Specialist at the Saint John, New of Health in the provinces of disability and death. leaving a significant gap between Brunswick, Regional Hospital; “Approximately 50,000 Saskatchewan and British what should be done and what is Frances Gregor, a nurse and fac- Columbia. Ken was the first Canadians have a stroke each year, being done about stroke in ulty member of Dalhousie and about 300,000 are living with President and CEO of the Greater Canada’s health-care system. University in Halifax; Edmund Victoria Hospital Society, and also its effects,” says Sally Brown, “The Canadian Stroke Strategy Harrison, member of the CEO of the Heart and Stroke CEO of the Capital Health Region will help bridge the gap between Department of Physical Medicine in Victoria, where he developed an Foundation of Canada. “We can the latest stroke research and the at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in and must do a better job of pre- integrated regional health service. current practice in most parts of Charlottetown, PEI; Janusz He has led health services restruc- venting strokes, treating them the country,” says Dr. Antoine Kaczorowski, Associate Professor effectively, and reintegrating peo- turing, nationally and international- Hakim, CEO and Scientific & Research Director in the ly, and has testified before ple back into their communities. Director of the Canadian Stroke Department of Family Medicine, The Canadian Stroke Strategy will Standing Committees of the House Network. “It creates an opportunity Faculty of Health Sciences at of Commons and the Canadian help ensure that happens, across to improve the lives of thousands McMaster University; Robert the country.” Senate on reform of the Canadian of Canadians and to save millions Liley, a Vancouver-based health- health system. He continues to The Canadian Stroke Strategy of health-care dollars.” care consultant and Vice-President provides support for provincial and Steering Committee members are of the Stroke Recovery Association territorial efforts to implement best Pierre Boyle, Associate Dean of of B.C., Jim O’Brien, a manage- practices in stroke prevention, See INITIATIVE on page 2 Research and Graduate Studies in ment consultant with experience in treatment, rehabilitation and com- Page 2 Initiative: Reinventing stroke care Sandra Black Patricia Gallagher ture to bring together under one Continued from page 1 Dr. Sandra Pat Gallagher is roof the ‘cardiovascular family’ in provide consulting services in the Black is the a Neurosciences Canada. She is a recipient of the areas of public policy and opera- Head of Clinical Nurse HSFC Distinguished Service tional issues in the health field. Neurology at Specialist at the Award, and a Life-Member of the Mr. Fyke has received numerous Sunnybrook and Saint John NSHSF Board of Directors. degrees and honours. He has Women’s Regional served on numerous boards, fre- College Health Hospital. Ed Harrison quently contributes to education Sciences Centre During her Dr. Edmund events and has written, spoken and and Medical career she has Harrison is a consulted widely on health policy, Director of the Regional Stroke held several member of the management and government Centre for North and East Toronto. positions at Saint John Regional Department of issues. She is a founding member of the Hospital, as well as being an Physical Canadian Stroke Consortium and instructor for the University of Medicine at the Pierre Boyle (Canadian Stroke one of the physician architects of New Brunswick. Ms. Gallagher Queen Elizabeth Network Board the Ontario Stroke Strategy. Dr. has organized, chaired and been Hospital in Appointee) Black assisted with the planning part of several provincial and Charlottetown, Pierre Boyle is and implementation of the national committees and associa- PEI. Prior to the Associate Telestroke Program linking tions and is the recipient of several relocating to PEI in Dean, Research Toronto to Northern Ontario. She national nursing awards. Ms. July of 2004, he was Director of and Graduate is also a Site Director of the Heart Gallagher is currently a Board the Stroke and Acquired Brain Studies, Faculty and Stroke Foundation of Ontario member of the Heart and Stroke Injury Rehabilitation Program in of Medicine, at Centre for Stroke Recovery. Dr. Foundation of New Brunswick, Halifax. He is also an Associate the Université de Black has held several executive and a member of the New Professor in the Faculty of Montréal. Dr. positions with many international Brunswick Integrated Stroke Medicine at Dalhousie University. Boyle has and national stroke and neurology Strategy Advisory Committee. She Dr. Harrison has a career history of accrued several years of experience associations. She is highly pub- is also a member of the developing stroke care systems. in research development in acade- lished for her research on vascular Rehabilitation Standards He was Chair of the Nova Scotia mic hospitals, university settings, cognitive impairment and stroke Committee of the Department of Integrated Stroke Strategy as well as in provincial and nation- recovery. Health and Wellness. Committee from 2000 to 2004. al agencies. He has served on the Currently Dr. Harrison is a member boards of many organizations. Dr. Brenda Flaherty Fran Gregor (Heart and Stroke of the Integrated Stroke Advisory Boyle was the founding executive Brenda Flaherty Foundation of Committee of the Heart and Stroke director of CANVAC, the is Executive Canada Board Foundation of PEI, and Chair of Canadian Network of Centres of Vice-President, Appointee) Dr. their Evaluation and Monitoring Excellence in Vaccines and Clinical Frances Task Group. As a physiatrist, Dr. Immunotherapeutics. He was Operations, Gregor is a Harrison brings to the table exper- Executive Director and CEO of Hamilton Health nurse, and a tise related to stroke patient reha- FRSQ (Fonds de recherche en Sciences (HHS) faculty member bilitation and community re-inte- santé du Québec) for several years Corporation. of Dalhousie gration. where he was notably successful in She is also an University. She developing several major partner- Assistant has served as Janusz Kaczorowski ships in health research. He holds a Professor of Nursing at McMaster President of the Heart and Stroke Dr. Janusz master’s degree in health adminis- University, Faculty of Health Foundation of Nova Scotia (1984- Kaczorowski is tration from the University of Sciences. She has been the Chair 1988), and the Heart and Stroke an Associate Ottawa and a PhD in clinical epi- of the Central South/Central West Foundation of Canada (1993- Professor & demiology from McGill University. Region––Regional Stroke 1995). At the national level she has Research Over the past thirty years, he has Steering Committee since 1998. led a number of committees tasked Director in the combined academic positions at HHS was a demonstration site in with the responsibility for charting Department of McGill and Université de Montréal the HSF Ontario Coordinated a new course for the Foundation in Family with management positions in the Stroke Strategy. During this phase, several areas. From 1997-99 she Medicine, health system, including at the HHS collaborated with regional chaired the Issues and Options Faculty of Health Sciences at Quebec Ministry of Health and at and provincial partners across the Working Group whose responsibil- McMaster University. He has the Quebec Hospital Association, continuum to develop a common ity it was to recommend a new diverse research experience span- where he was actively involved in vision for stroke care and an infra- approach to the research function ning family health, health promo- developing clinical practice moni- structure to support change. Ms. within HSFC. In 2002, she was tion and disease prevention, toring tools and knowledge transfer Flaherty has a great deal of experi- asked to chair the Emergency knowledge translation and delivery activities with clinicians. ence in leadership roles, and has Cardiac Care Ad Hoc Review of integrated health care. Dr. sat on the board of several health- Committee, which brought forward Kaczorowski has held leadership related organizations. a new model for this important roles with several research com- Foundation role. In 2000, Dr. mittees, groups, boards and associ- Gregor co-chaired the first ations. He was instrumental in the Canadian Cardiovascular See Committee on page 3 Congress, a joint HSFC/CCS ven- Page 3 Committee: Prominent Canadians oversee national efforts process. Working with the National Tim Watson Community Re-Integration Task Board of Directors, Mr. O’Brien Dr. Tim Watson Group of the Nova Scotia Continued from page 2 and his team over hauled the orga- is an Assistant Integrated Stroke Strategy (NSISS) nization’s governance structure, Clinical Committee, and continues to be success of the CHAP (Community moving from a multi-layered, fed- Professor of the involved provincially with the Hypertension Awareness Program) eration-style structure to a unified Calgary Stroke Integrated Stroke Advisory Program held in the communities national organization. The revital- Program in the Committee of the Heart and Stroke of Brockville and Grimsby, with ized board was streamlined from Department of Foundation of Nova Scotia. Alison his focus being on prevention. 28 to 11 members, and prioritized Neurosciences is involved in research, and is rec- its efforts to focus on strategic at the ognized as an expert in stroke Robert Liley rather than operational University of rehabilitation provincially Robert Liley is a initiatives. (The Canadian Diabetes Calgary, and Management Association was later recognized also a consul- Michael Hill, Chair, Information Consultant who for this innovative governance tant neurologist and Evaluation has provided reform receiving The Conference to the Calgary Health Region. He Working Group consulting ser- Board of Canada/Spencer Stuart has been a key leader in the Dr. Michael Hill vices to senior 2005 National Awards in Alberta Provincial Stroke Strategy, is Director of the management of Governance in the not-for-profit where he has contributed substan- Stroke Unit and both public and category). Mr. O’Brien brings with tially to the development, organiza- a member of the private organiza- him extensive experience in com- tion and implementation levels. He renowned stroke tions across North America. He has munications, finances and organi- is dedicated to improving stroke team at the a strong business and financial zation. He has held the positions of care throughout Alberta and has University of background. Mr. Liley is currently Director or Chair for several asso- been successful as a champion for Calgary Faculty Vice-President of the Stroke ciations. the strategy because of his collabo- of Medicine, Recovery Association of BC, a rative and consensus building which is striving not-for-profit organization that Robert Teasell approach. Despite his considerable to develop clinical tools that will works with stroke patients across Dr. Robert time commitment to his practice, help physicians diagnose and man- BC to assist them in maintaining Teasell is Chair- Dr. Watson has made numerous age stroke with clot-busting drugs. their overall quality of life and to Chief of the trips to rural Alberta to help He was the recipient of the 2001 remain living independently in Department of his colleagues improve their own Heart and Stroke Foundation of their communities. During his Physical stroke care practices. Canada (HSFC) Henry J.M. career he has undertaken Medicine, St. Barnett research scholarship and several strategic business Joseph’s Health the 2004 American Academy of improvement initiatives for organi- Care London Ex-Officio Members: Neurology Michael S. Pessin zations such as SC Johnson and and Professor in Stroke Leadership Award. Dr. Sons, Workers' Compensation the Schulich Hill’s research and numerous Board of BC, and Pacific Blue School of Alison McDonald, Co-Chair, Best publications have afforded cere- Cross. Mr. Liley has just complet- Medicine, University of Western Practices, brovascular research with valuable ed the development of a business Ontario. He has extensive experi- Standards and data that includes diagnosis, thera- model and Business Case for a ence in leadership roles, strategic Guidelines py and prognostication in throm- new Occupational Disease Control planning and implementation of Working Group. bolytic therapy in patients with Business Unit to be embedded programs. He’s held leadership Alison acute ischemic stroke. within the BC Centre for Disease positions with an array of organi- McDonald is a Control. zations, both academic and admin- Physiotherapist Phil Teal, Co-Chair, Professional istrative. Dr. Teasell has assisted at the Nova Development Jim O’Brien with planning, and been a speaker Scotia and Training Jim O’Brien is a at numerous stroke Rehabilitation Working senior executive conferences/conventions and meet- Centre, Queen Group. Dr. with extensive ings around the world. He has Elizabeth II Health Sciences Philip Teal leadership expe- developed a 2000+ stroke rehabili- Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. has been rience in the tation patient database, has con- Alison has been an Instructor at the Director of the health charity ducted clinical trials in stroke reha- Dalhousie University School of Stroke sector. He was bilitation and specializes in sys- Physiotherapy, as well as super- Prevention Chief Executive tematic reviews of treatment, vised students through their clini- Clinic at Officer of the which in turn have formed the cal practicum. She has won several Vancouver Canadian basis for the development of Awards, including in 2003 the General Hospital and Health Diabetes Association from 1990- national consensus projects in Dalhousie University School of Sciences Centre since 1992. He is 2002. In this role Mr. O’Brien led stroke rehabilitation focusing on Physiotherapy Clinical Education the organization through a chal- knowledge integration. Award. Alison was Chair of the See MEMBERS on page 4 lenging and important change Stroke Rehabilitation and Page 4 Members: Helping Canadians Debra Lynkowski in the Centre for Chronic Disease Antoine Hakim Debra Prevention and Control. Continued from page 3 Dr. Antoine Lynkowski is Hakim, cur- the Director Laurie Cameron rently holds the of the Canadian Laurie Cameron also an Assistant Professor in the titles of Stroke Strategy. is the Program Department of Neurology at Professor & She has 18 Coordinator & the University of British Columbia. University years experi- Executive He is currently Chair of the Board Chair, ence in Assistant for of the Canadian Stroke Neurology, the non-profit the Canadian Consortium. Dr. Teal is also cur- University of and public sec- Stroke Strategy. rently involved in the FASTER Ottawa; tors, primarily health-related. She brings (Fast Assessment of Stroke and Director, Debra holds a law degree from the extensive expe- Transient Ischemic Attack to Neuroscience University of Alberta. She has rience in the Prevent Early Occurrence) Project Research, Ottawa Health Research diverse experience including work health care sector (acute, LTC and of the Canadian Stroke Network. Institute; CEO & Scientific in health policy, advocacy, commu- pediatrics) and government. She Director, Canadian Stroke nity relations, volunteer develop- was E.A. to the Specialized Network; and, Senior Director, ment, and fund development. Pediatric Coordinating Council, an Heart and Stroke Debra worked with the Canadian advisory committee to the Ontario Foundation of Ontario Centre for Diabetes Association for ten years, Ministry of Health, as well as to Stroke Recovery. He has experi- first as the Executive Director of the Regional Director for Eastern ence in the private, academic and the Alberta/NWT Division and Ontario, Ministry of Health & hospital sectors, and has chaired later as the National Director of Long-Term Care. Prior to that, she and served as a member of many Public Policy and Government was employed by the Perley and Sally Brown committees and boards of granting Relations, during which time she Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Sally Brown agencies, foundations, hospitals established a national public policy where she supported the CEO and has been CEO and professional associations. In and advocacy office for the associ- Board of Directors. of the addition to teaching, research, and ation in Ottawa. Prior to joining Heart and administrative duties, he maintains the Canadian Stroke Strategy, Stroke clinical duties at the Ottawa Debra worked as a senior policy Foundation of Hospital, General Campus. As advisor at Health Canada (now the Canada since CEO & Scientific Director of the Public Health Agency of Canada) October 2001. CSN, Dr. Hakim is committed to Prior to this bringing together Canada’s stake- appointment, she was Vice- President, holders in stroke, helping them gain access to the resources they need to excel, and building a Contact us External Relations and then Senior national network that supports col- Vice-President of the Association laborative research. He has of Universities and Colleges of received many honours during his Canada (AUCC). From 1989 to career, including the Jonathan Cathy Campbell, 1991 Ms. Brown was a special Ballon Award in 1985, Researcher advisor in the Prime Minister’s of the Year in Ottawa Award in firstname.lastname@example.org Office. Ms. Brown also served as 1995, Award of Excellence by the hospital administrator at Canadian Stroke Consortium in Phone: 613-562-5696 the Toronto General Hospital from 2000, and the Ottawa Life Sciences 1984-87, becoming Assistant Vice- Council Career Achievement www.canadianstrokenetwork.ca President, Diagnostic Services in Award in 2004. 1987. She holds a Diploma in Nursing from the Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing, and a Management and Secretariat: Heather Rourke Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Health Sciences (Health email@example.com Administration) from the University of Toronto. Ms. Brown Phone: 613-569-4361, ext/poste 318 has served on a number of commu- nity agency boards and is currently www.heartandstroke.ca a trustee of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation and board member of the Canadian Stroke Network.
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