The Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) has turned to a familiar face to be its new CEO.
The regional health authority announced on July 23 that Marga Cugnet had been hired for the position, which is the top job in the health region. Cugnet had been the health region's interim CEO since September of 2010. She was previously the vice-president of primary and integrated health with Sun Country.
"We are very fortunate to be able to retain a candidate with Mrs. Cugnet's qualifications," said regional health authority chair Marilyn Charlton. "The work she has done for the region as interim CEO for the past 22 months has been exemplary.
"The health authority received 46 applications for the position. Mrs. Cugnet came to the top of the list, and members of the regional health authority were happy to accept her application."
Cugnet has worked for the health region and one of its predecessors, the Southeast Health District, for 30 years. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree, with honours. Her major was in administration.
In addition to her time as interim CEO and vice-president of primary and integrated health, Cugnet has extensive experience in many areas of health care, including acute and long-term care, home care, emergency medical services, pharmacy, laboratory, medical imaging and health records.
"Mrs. Cugnet has already shown to be a great asset to the health region and we know that good work will continue into the future," said Charlton.
Cugnet said her 22-month apprenticeship as the interim CEO gave her an opportunity to understand what the job entails.
"I've learned a lot over the last two years," said Cugnet. "When you do the job for a couple days here and there, it doesn't give you a true picture of what the role encompasses. Having the opportunity to do it full-time definitely gave me an inside look on how that job needs to be worked on."
Cugnet expects that the decision to proceed with her as CEO will provide stability for SCHR, and that it will provide reassurance to staff members that there aren't major changes coming.
Recruitment of physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners has been a challenge for the health region, Cugnet said, and it will continue to be an issue. She believes the SCHR also needs a greater focus on patient and family-centred health care.
Sun Country still has to fill a couple of vacancies in its executive management team. A new vice-president of primary and integrated is needed since Cugnet has been hired as the new CEO. The health region will also have to hire a new vice-president of finance. Pam Haupstein had been in that job on an interim basis, and has decided she won't continue with those duties.