In June of 2009, Vickie Kaminski arrived in St. John’s from Sudbury, Ontario to take the reins of Eastern Health. It was a particularly challenging time in the health authority’s history. The Cameron Inquiry into Hormone Receptor Testing had had a profound effect, and the new President and CEO would be required to address significant concerns, both internally and externally. Ms. Kaminski tackled them head-on, and for many, became the face of Eastern Health.
After five years characterized by challenge, change, growth and achievement within Eastern Health, Friday, May 9, will be her last day at the helm. As she prepares to take up a new position as President and CEO of Alberta Health Services, Vickie Kaminski spoke with Communications manager Deborah Collins to reflect on her time at Eastern Health: her challenges and accomplishments – what she’ll miss most – her advice to her successor – and her plans for the future. ■
This interview was conducted by Deborah Collins, communications manager with Eastern Health, and videotaped and edited by Phil Simms, graphic designer/photographer with Eastern Health.