Vice President, Medicine and Chief Nursing Executive

  • Health Sciences North
  • Mar 21, 2024
Full time Vice President

Job Description

Join Northeastern Ontario’s Health Care Leaders!

A dynamic and growing health care environment awaits you in Sudbury, Ontario. Surrounded by provincial parks and with 330 lakes, Greater Sudbury has over 165,000 residents and is a rich mix of urban, suburban, rural and wilderness environments that offer something for everyone. Just a one hour flight or four-hour drive north of Toronto, Ontario you can experience the balance of a supportive yet challenging career environment with a comfortable and affordable lifestyle, right in the heart of Northern Ontario’s largest city.

Join a seasoned Senior Leadership Team with Health Sciences North (HSN), one of Canada’s Top 40 research hospitals and Northern Ontario’s largest hospital. Champion innovation in the delivery of the right care in a timely, safe and efficient way. As a teaching hospital, HSN is committed to strengthening our academic and research impact while collaborating with regional, provincial, national and international partners on research that improves health outcomes for the people of Northeastern Ontario. HSN is the tertiary care centre for Northeastern Ontario, locally affiliated with Laurentian University and NOSM University. Join a team of 4,400 employees, 600 physicians, 2,900 learners and 265 volunteers.

HSN is seeking an experienced, talented clinical leader for the position of Vice President, Medicine and Chief Nursing Executive with a proven track record of building successful teams and partnerships to ensure the delivery of high quality care and outstanding patient experiences. Under the leadership of the President and Chief Executive Officer, this leader will be a system thinker and excellent communicator with the ability to plan and implement change, and creatively achieve results. They will possess the skills and credibility to inspire a division of 500-1,000 employees, earn the trust of medical staff, local and regional partners, Ontario Health and colleagues from over 20 partner hospitals, while managing a budget of $40-$150 million. The ideal candidate will have the appropriate balance of education, experience, demonstrated knowledge and personal attributes required for the role, as well as will bring VP/Director level experience from a hospital setting, and will be bilingual in English and French. Women, Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, Francophones, and other equity-deserving candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Vice President, Medicine and Chief Nursing Executive leads HSN’s largest division which includes Medicine, Critical Care and Cardiology, Community Care/Rehabilitation/Nephrology, Emergency Services and Professional Practice, the North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, as well as Care Transitions/Patient Flow/Utilization. This VP champions HSN’s key goal of being patient and family-focused. This includes desired outcomes of improving patient satisfaction with admission and discharge, pursuing continuous quality improvement, providing clinical leadership in the optimization of the new regional Electronic Medical Record (going live in June 2024) and promoting senior friendly care. With responsibility for patient flow, the VP develops plans to improve internal and external capacity, flow, and resource utilization. The VP works closely with the Chiefs of Anaesthesia, Critical Care, Cardiovascular Sciences, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine/Hospitalists and Medicine, will be tasked with strengthening medicine sub-subspecialties, serve as the regional critical care representative, and advise the Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI) on ways to grow its research efforts for cardiovascular health and healthy aging.

Interested applicants should apply directly to requisition #5307 on the HSN Careers Website at The posting will remain active until filled, however the search committee will begin reviewing applicants on April 11, 2024.


Lead the development and delivery of clinical programs and services in, Medicine, Critical and Emergency Care, Community Care and Rehabilitation, Nephrology, North East Specialized Geriatric Centre,  Care Transitions, Patient Flow and Utilization to ensure service delivery strategies align with HSN’s mission, vision and values, Strategic Plan and targets set in the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).


Under the general direction of the President and Chief Executive Officer.


  1. Provide leadership in the development and implementation of hospital-wide activities and programs that promote a safe, patient-centred environment while contributing to continuous improvement and risk management initiatives.
  2. Participate as a member of the Senior Leadership Committee in establishing and implementing HSN’s strategic planning process and the establishment of the vision, mission, values, and standards of performance for hospital-wide application.
  3. Promote a patient-centered care focus and engage patients and families in care delivery and care design.
  4. Promote a culture that encourages the engagement of staff, physicians, learners, patient representatives and volunteers in safety.
  5. Engage partners to ensure that collaborative solutions are developed and implemented to improve patient transitions and flow.
  6. Ensure the provision of high quality patient-care and design a system of internal controls where operations are effective, efficient, and in compliance with applicable legislation, regulatory, and best practice requirements.
  7. Ensure the vision and tools of professional practice are embedded in the practice of professional staff and within HSN’s operational activities and systems to support high standards of professional practice and care.
  8. Enhance the development of a continuous improvement culture to support care delivery and enhance job satisfaction.
  9. Plan, investigate, recommend, and implement methods of streamlining and increasing the efficiency of the clinical programs.
  10. The CNE function may be included in the duties in which case the CNE acts as a non-voting member of the Hospital Board of Directors, as voting member of its Quality Committee, and reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer for the CNE duties.
  11. Develop annual budgets and assume fiscal accountability of the portfolio’s operation according to approved budget.
  12. Guide, motivate, monitor, and supervise staff, develop standards of performance, evaluate performance.
  13. Oversee the work of others in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), its regulations, and HSN policies.
  14. Lead organization wide strategic plan outcomes particularly those associated with being Patient and Family focussed.
  15. Determine and align program improvement projects with HSN’s Strategic Plan; monitor and adjust to achieve goal outcomes.
  16. Participate in the accreditation process and work to ensure that the program and HSN achieve, maintain and continually improve upon their accredited status.
  17. Teach, coach and lead staff in the development and monitoring of quality indicators and improvement initiatives.
  18. Engage in and foster professional development of all staff and provide opportunities for learning within budgeted resources.
  19. Ensure a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors; investigate report, debrief and take or direct corrective action as required on incidents.
  20. Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders/organizations/community groups to achieve program objectives, integrate and link services and foster partnerships across the continuum of service delivery.
  21. Participate in education and training specific to current, relevant federal and provincial health and safety legislation, standards and guidelines.
  22. Ensure a strong relationship with the Chiefs of Anaesthesia, Critical Care, Cardiovascular Sciences, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine/Hospitalists, and Medicine.
  23. Advise the Health Sciences North Research Institute on ways to grow its research efforts including for cardiovascular health and healthy aging.
  24. Represent the department or program on various committees and in meetings as required.
  25. Provide Senior Leadership on-call duties as scheduled. 
  26. Perform other duties as required. 



  1. Master’s Degree in Health, Business, Nursing Administration, or a health-related field from an accredited university is required.
  2. Current Certificate of Registration in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is required.
  3. Current Certificate of Registration with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) is preferred.
  4. Ministry of Labour “Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps” training certificate is required.


  1. Minimum of five (5) years’ experience working in a senior management role within a large multi-specialty clinic, acute health care facility, or in a large multi-specialty health care environment.
  2. Experience as a Vice President, Associate Vice President or Director in one of Canada’s large hospitals is preferred.


  1. Demonstrated presentation skills with the ability to impact and influence others at all levels.
  2. Demonstrated clinical and administrative leadership skills.
  3. Demonstrated strategic planning, innovative thinking, and implementation skills with the ability to advance a strategic plan through systematic and progressive implementation.
  4. Demonstrated critical thinking, analytical thinking, conflict management, and team-building skills.
  5. Demonstrated ability to develop, monitor, administer, and report on budgets.
  6. Demonstrated ability to coach, advise and teach others using the principles of adult learning.
  7. Demonstrated training, experience or utilization of lean methodology for process improvement.
  8. Demonstrated ability to independently identify issues, plan improvements, measure success and continue improvement.
  9. Knowledge of relevant legislation and principles of management, hospital committee structure, conflict management and resolution, system needs analysis and organizational assessment.
  10. Ability to use tact and discretion in dealing with health care providers and employees.
  11. Demonstrated excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office software (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook) and patient information systems.
  12. Demonstrated superior interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  13. Demonstrated commitment to the safety of co-workers and patients.


  1. Ability to develop partnerships and collaborative processes across institutions.
  2. Demonstrated ability to take appropriate action to resolve workplace related issues and problems.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.
  4. Demonstrated professionalism in dealing with confidential and sensitive issues.
  5. Demonstrated positive work record and excellent attendance record.
  6. Ability to meet the physical and sensory demands of the job.
  7. Ability to travel between local sites.


  1. Bilingualism is a strong asset.

Job Category

Nurse, Vice President


Sudbury, Ontario