Toronto (April 14, 2008) - A first-of-its kind healthcare collaboration was announced today by Hamilton-based St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton [SJHH] and Toronto's University Health Network [UHN] with the appointment of a shared Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development. Emma Pavlov, Senior Vice President – Human Resources and Organizational Development at UHN will be joining SJHH on April 21, 2008.

As Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at SJHH, Ms. Pavlov will lead the development and implementation of human resources strategies at SJHH including the healthcare organization's recruitment and retention strategies and organizational development initiatives.

"Emma brings remarkable expertise to support our most important resource at St. Joseph's Healthcare – the employees of our organization," said Dr. Kevin Smith, President and CEO, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. "I am tremendously proud to welcome her to St. Joseph's Healthcare and look forward to working in this collaborative model of healthcare management with the UHN."

A key benefit of this healthcare industry partnership will include the exchange of successful health HR strategies between health institutions.

"It is my privilege to work with another leading healthcare organization," said Ms. Pavlov. "Nothing can happen within an organization without the people who work there and my goal will be to develop the human resource systems in a way that will support people to be their best and enable St. Joseph's Healthcare to achieve its goals and strategies.

Ms. Pavlov has been with the UHN for 10 years. Under Ms. Pavlov's leadership, the UHN has developed a comprehensive human resources program. During this time, UHN was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for five consecutive years, and received the OHA’s Healthy Hospitals Innovators Award.

UHN was also ranked in the Top 50 Best Employers in the Greater Toronto Area, one of the Top 10 Family Friendly Employers, one of the Ten Best Employers for Promoting Women, and was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers in 2008.

Ms. Pavlov will manage her time between the two hospitals in Hamilton and Toronto.

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