The president and CEO of Interior Health has submitted his letter of resignation, effective in October.
Chris Mazurkewich has held the position since 2015, and before that was the agency’s chief operating officer.
“Chris has spent nearly three decades working to build a strong, sustainable health system in British Columbia,” says board chair Doug Cochrane. “Under his leadership as CEO, Interior Health has implemented services that make health care more accessible in rural areas, services that support people living with mental illness, and services that meet the needs of our increasingly older population. I want to acknowledge specifically Chris’s dedication to fostering relationships with Aboriginal leaders and communities across IH. The partnerships and innovations that are a result of his commitment are a model for all of us going forward.”
“It has been an honour to work in health care alongside the physicians and staff who provide care to our patients, clients, and residents,” said Mazurkewich. “Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of meeting countless individuals who make incredible contributions to the delivery of health care every day. I want to extend my gratitude to each of you – thank you.”
Mazurkewich was appointed President & CEO of Interior Health in October 2015. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Alberta Health Services for four years, overseeing the clinical operations of the Alberta health service delivery system, including over 100 hospital, residential, community care, and support service programs. From 2002-2009, Mazurkewich was Interior Health’s Chief Operating Officer, Strategic & Corporate Services.
The Board of Directors is proceeding with the recruitment of a new President & CEO. In the coming days, the Board will retain an executive recruiting firm to undertake an international search for the best possible candidates for the role.
Mazurkewich will remain in his position until his departure in the fall.