Standing left to right are Director of HR, Charmaine Napoleon-Ramsay; Chairman of the Board, Rev. Guy Hewitt; Director of Nursing, Bernadette Harris and Director of Finance, Michael Walters. Seated is CEO, Dr Dexter James.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He is Dr. Dexter James who assumed office on October 1.
Dr James was previously employed with the Caricom Community Secretariat (CARICOM) as the Director of Corporate Services. Prior to this appointment, he spent the last 15 years at the forefront of public sector management and health reform in the Caribbean.
He also held a number of chief executive officer positions in the public health systems of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and Anguilla and has provided technical support to regional agencies such as the Pan-American Health Organisation and the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre.
Dr. James is a member of the Advisory Committee of Accreditation Canada (the body responsible for accrediting all healthcare organisations in Canada), which is currently developing an accreditation programme for the international community.
He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with an MBA in Health Management and a doctorate in Management Studies, with emphasis on public health sector reform. Dr. James has a special interest in performance management, organisational transformation and strategic management.
According to Dr. James, his vision for the QEH is "to further the implementation of the health reform programme, while at the same time re-orienting the hospital around performance.
"This will require a comprehensive review of operating systems and processes and the involvement of all stakeholders, which it is anticipated, will lead to the improvement in the operations and management of the hospital and quality patient-centred care," he said.