New president and CEO at Alberta Health Services
December 13, 2023
EDMONTON – The province of Alberta announced that effective Dec. 11, Athana Mentzelopoulos (pictured) has been named as the new president and CEO of Alberta Health Services. Mentzelopoulos, appointed this past summer as the deputy minister of special projects on executive council, previously served as deputy minister in various portfolios in both the Alberta and B.C. governments, and as EMS provisional lead and advisor to the official administrator within AHS.
More recently, she served a brief stint as the executive director of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA), having formally assumed that role on Oct. 1.
“On behalf of Alberta Health Services, I welcome Athana to the organization,” AHS executive board chair Dr. Lyle Oberg said in a statement. “She has a long history of public service leadership here in Canada. I look forward to working with her to support staff through the healthcare system refocus efforts underway, while keeping to AHS’ mandate of delivering high quality health services to all Albertans.”
Mentzelopoulos holds an Honours BA in political science and economics from Carleton University and an MA in contemporary social and political thought from the University of Victoria, according to her AMA biography.
The new leader comes to AHS amid a time of drastic change.
Mauro Chies had been in the role until a shakeup of the agency’s senior leadership team last month. He had been brought in as the interim president and CEO on April 4, 2022, after the dismissal of previous leader Verna Yiu – who held the CEO position since May 31, 2016.
On March 20, 2023, the interim title was removed from Chies.
For the past month, Sean Chilton, vice-president and COO of clinical operations and information technology, had been operating as acting president and CEO.
Premier Danielle Smith announced sweeping changes to dismantle Alberta Health Services in November, reducing it to one of four new service delivery organizations, all reporting directly to Health Minister Adriana LaGrange. The transformation is to take up to two years.
AHS is focusing now on four key priorities: improving emergency medical services (EMS) response times, decreasing emergency department wait times, reducing surgery wait times and improving patient flow and continuity of care.
Source: Global News and Alberta Medical Association