HSN appoints new VP of medicine and chief nursing exec

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Health Sciences North has appointed Julie Trpkovski as vice-president of medicine and chief nursing executive, effective May 2.

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Trpkovski will replace Lisa Smith, who will retire after a distinguished 34-year career at HSN. Trpkovski brings to the role 27 years of nursing and health leadership experience, including 14 years as director of Critical Care Services Ontario, VP at the Trillium Gift of Life Network and at London Health Sciences Centre.

“Throughout my healthcare career, I have had a passion for improving care for our patients and families while working with clinical leadership, community partners and system experts to build a better healthcare system for the future,” Trpkovski said in a release. “I am honored by the confidence put in me by HSN. It is a privilege to join the team in Sudbury and support HSN in achieving its key goal of being patient- and family-focused.

“I look forward to working with our regional partners and Ontario Health in improving care for patients and communities in the North.”

Trpkovski will lead a team of 1,100 people and be responsible for a $153-million budget. She will serve as regional administrative lead for critical care in northeastern Ontario and as adviser to the Health Sciences North Research Institute.

As chief nursing executive, she will be a non-voting member of the HSN board, and will serve on the board’s quality and medical advisory committees.

“We are very excited about this appointment. Ms. Trpkovski was selected among a competitive pool of 24 candidates by a 10-member selection committee, including representation from the HSN board and leadership, union leadership, and patient and family advisors,” said Dominic Giroux, president and CEO of HSN.

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Trpkovski has extensive clinical experience working in hospitals in Canada and the United States. Trpkovski started her nursing career working in the emergency department, critical care and post-surgical areas serving pediatric and adult patient populations in Windsor and at the Detroit Medical Center in Michigan.

From 2006 to 2012, she joined the Ontario Ministry of Health where she was responsible for working with stakeholders across the province to redesign the post-SARS critical care system.

From 2012 to 2016, she served as VP of clinical transplant systems with the Trillium Gift of Life Network. In this role, Trpkovski was responsible for leading a team to transform the provincial organ allocation systems creating a more equitable system for patients.

From 2016 to 2021, she served as VP of clinical services at London Health Sciences Centre, one of Canada’s largest academic health sciences centre.

Trpkovski completed a bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Windsor, a masters certificate in healthcare management at the Schulich School of Business at York University, and an executive MBA at the Ivey Business School at Western University.

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