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September 23, 2015

The Medical Post recognizes HQC board members

Two Health Quality Council (HQC) board members have received recognition in the latest edition of The Medical Post newspaper.

The Sept. 15, 2015, edition of the publication named HQC board chair Dr. Susan Shaw as one of 20 doctors to watch, while HQC board vice-chair Dr. Dennis Kendel was included on the publication’s list of 30 of the most powerful doctors in Canada.

“HQC is fortunate to have such talented, dedicated and nationally recognized physician leaders on its board,” said HQC CEO Gary Teare.

“On behalf of everyone at HQC, I would like to offer our congratulations to Dr. Shaw and Dr. Kendel.”

Shaw practices critical care and anesthesiology in Saskatoon Health Region. Since returning home to Saskatoon after completing fellowship training at Stanford University Medical Center in California, she has served in several leadership roles in Saskatchewan, including as head of the Saskatoon Health Region Department of Adult Critical Care and as physician co-lead for the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative.

Shaw is committed to making health care safer, and is currently serving as team co-lead for the Safer Every Day 90-day initiative that was launched in Saskatoon Health Region on Sept. 15. She is also a driving force behind the Saskatchewan Change Day campaign, which focuses on empowering individuals to make small health care improvements.

Kendel is the CEO of saskdocs, also known as the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan. He previously served for 25 years as the registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. He holds a faculty appointment with the University of Saskatchewan, and is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

In addition, throughout his career Kendel has led the Saskatchewan Medical Association, the Medical Council of Canada and the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada.

Teare said both board members exemplify the values of HQC, an organization that is focused on accelerating improvement in health care.

“Dr. Shaw and Dr. Kendel are both committed to improving health care in Saskatchewan and making care better and safer for the people of this province,” he said.