Interior Health CEO resigns

Interior Health (IH) President and CEO Dr. Robert Halpenny announced his resignation, effective Fall 2015.

Interior Health (IH) President and CEO Dr. Robert Halpenny announced his resignation, effective Fall 2015.

Halpenny has served as the head of IH for the last five and a half years. The decision came forward for Halpenny to “pursue other opportunities.”

“It has been an absolute privilege to serve our residents in the Central and Southern Interior, and to support and lead the more than 20,000 staff and physicians who provide care to our patients, clients, and residents every day,” said Halpenny in a press release dated June 9. “While I will miss the role and especially the people I interacted with each day, it is time for me to pursue other opportunities and for a new CEO to lead Interior Health and our committed, passionate health professionals forward.”

Until his official departure in the fall, a Board of Directors has appointed a national search committee to lead the recruitment process for the next president and CEO.

The search will “ensure that the best possible candidates are considered for the role” according to IH.

Highlights from Halpenny’s period with IH include the expansion of telehealth programs, opening 473 residential care beds in 16 communities and the investment of $750 million in upgrading, expanding or constructing facilities from Cranbrook to Williams Lake.

IH currently provides healthcare services to more than 742,000 across B.C.’s interior.