Michael Powers Will be Missed at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

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Garden of HopeTHUNDER BAY – Healthbeat – The news will likely impact the region for a long while. After 15 years with Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), Michael Power has accepted a new position with Elekta as Vice President & Managing Partner, Strategic Solutions and Business Development for North America. Michael, Executive Vice President, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, has a joint appointment as Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario. He is also Chief Executive Officer, Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute.

Michael’s contributions have been significant and will continue to positively impact patients, families and businesses in Northwestern Ontario and beyond for years to come. In particular, Michael is responsible for leading the continuous growth of Regional Cancer Care Northwest – a program that, under Michael’s leadership, has introduced innovative models for patient care and has contributed widely to the development of a stronger cancer control system.

In addition, in the course of his career, Michael:

  • stewarded the design, financing and construction of the new Regional Cancer Centre and Tamarack House.
  • attracted funding to establish a Molecular Imaging Program at TBRHSC, including $15 million for a cyclotron and a PET CT facility.
  • helped found the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI), the $80 million research arm of TBRHSC with over 100 staff, 14 career and clinician scientists and more than $10 million in academic, industry and economic development grants.

With the recent shift to program management at TBRHSC, Michael’s portfolio expanded to include the Cardiovascular Program, Renal Services, and the Bariatric Care Centre. His input and performance was integral to our successful transition to the program management model.

Michael will continue in his current role until May, 2012. Collaborative recruitment efforts will begin shortly. The post will continue to reflect the effective joint appointment and program management models.

As we reflect on Michael’s resignation, we celebrate the impact of his dedication to the health of the people of Northwestern Ontario. While we regret that he is leaving our organizations, we realize this new opportunity is highly suitable to Michael’s enthusiasm, expertise and competencies.

Michael will certainly be missed by the Health Sciences Centre family. We know we speak for his colleagues and the TBRHSC, CCO and TBRRI Boards of Directors when we say we all wish him the very best.

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