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Eastern Health’s Learning LEADerS Program and CCHL Agree to Three-Year Strategic Alliance

May 27, 2020

New partnership agreement serves as an avenue to promote excellence in the health leadership field

St. John’s, NL / Ottawa, ON – May 2020 - Eastern Health’s Learning LEADerS Program has signed a new strategic alliance with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) to increase the leadership capabilities of health care managers in Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada.

Through this agreement, participants in the Learning LEADerS program will work towards obtaining their Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation, the only certification program for all Canadian health leaders. This program offers individual leaders several benefits including support for lifelong learning in health services leadership; assistance with career advancement; peer recognition and also serves as an essential career designation.

Brenda Lammi, Vice President, Leadership and Professional Development at the CCHL, said: “We are excited about this collaboration with Eastern Health, who show their commitment to health leadership by committing to have the CHE as a preferred designation for their employees.”

“We are honoured that our Learning LEADerS program, developed internally by our Human Resources team, is being formally recognized at this elite level by the Canadian College of Health Leaders. At Eastern Health, we have a responsibility to develop a future generation of leaders capable of delivering high quality and sustainable health care for our people, and we look forward to a continued partnership with the College on this evolving leadership journey,” said Collette Smith, Vice President with responsibility for Human Resources at Eastern Health.

This collaboration will also allow for both organizations to better address the constantly evolving needs of health leaders and align themselves with the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework. This framework is a foundation for Canadian health leadership development and defines the knowledge, skills and attitudes a leader must have to positively contribute to the Canadian health care system.

About the Canadian College of Health Leaders

The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) is a national, member-driven, non-profit association. The College strives to provide the leadership development, tools, knowledge and networks that members need to become high impact leaders in Canadian healthcare. Through LEADS, the CHE designation, credentialing, training, conferences, mentoring and a nationwide careers network, we support health leaders in every sector and region, from every professional background and at any stage of their career. Located in Ottawa, the College collaborates with 20 chapters across the country and engages with its 3,700 members and 70 corporate members to promote lifelong learning and professional development while recognizing leadership excellence.

About Eastern Health

Eastern Health is the largest, integrated health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador employing approximately 13,000 dedicated employees, over 600 medical staff, and is supported by approximately 2,000 volunteers, including members of numerous auxiliaries and fundraising foundations. With an annual budget of approximately $1.5 billion, the authority offers the full continuum of health and community services including public health, long-term care, community services, hospital care and unique provincial programs and services. Serving a population of over 300,000, Eastern Health’s geographic boundaries extend from St. John’s west to Port Blandford including all communities on the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas.

Learning LEADerS is part of Eastern Health’s Leadership Continuity Program and targets high performing, high potential managers who are committed to developing their leadership capabilities.

Media Enquiries

Canadian College of Health Leaders
Brenda Lammi
Vice President, Leadership and Professional Development
1-800-363-9056 ext. 215 

Eastern Health
Allison Barter
A/ Media Relations Manager

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