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Hi Everyone,

Staff from University Health Network are frequently called upon to provide their expertise to the provincial and federal governments, the Ontario Hospital Association, the Registered Nurses Association and others on initiatives to improve the health care system.

It's my pleasure to announce that Kevin Empey, Executive Vice President of Clinical Support and Corporate Services will be seconded to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to assist with hospital negotiations for the 2007/08 Hospital Accountability Agreements (HAA).

As many of you know, Kevin is highly respected in health care circles for his leadership and in-depth knowledge of hospital financing and corporate services, particularly his understanding in the intricacies of the ministry's HAA process. This is a complicated, annual process between individual hospitals and the ministry where performance obligations and funding uses are outlined, among other things. Next fiscal year is especially important as the ministry transitions hospital funding responsibilities to the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINS).

Kevin's secondment takes effect on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 for approximately three months. He will continue to work on a number of strategic initiatives for UHN. In the interim, Justine Jackson, Nan Brooks, Dr. Michael Gardam, Dr Sylvia Asa and Brad Davis will report to me, and Michael Sheeres will report to Catherine Zahn. Attached is the organization chart for Clinical Support and Corporate Services.

Please join me in congratulating Kevin on this exciting opportunity!

Bob ​

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