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PRHC Welcomes Two New Chiefs to Lead Regional Health Centre

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PRHC Welcomes Two New Chiefs to Lead Regional Health Centre

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Published: 12/12/2013 3:23 PM by  PRHC

December 12, 2013

(Peterborough, ON) Alan Wotherspoon, PRHC Board Chair and Peter McLaughlin, Vice President, Chair MAC and Chief Medical Officer are delighted to announce appointments to the positions of Chief of Family Medicine and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology following a national search that attracted interest from some of the best and brightest physician leaders.

Dr. Jordan Crane and Dr. Brian Harrington have been appointed Chiefs of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology respectively. These changes will take place beginning December 2 for Dr. Crane, and January 1 for Dr. Harrington, as these new Chiefs assume leadership responsibility from Dr. Hardy Friesen (Family Medicine) and Dr. Peter Maskens (Obstetrics and Gynecology).

“Doctors Friesen and Maskens have done exceptional work in these departments over the many, many years they’ve served the hospital, our patients and their colleagues.  Their vast experience and contributions cannot be adequately described – we thank them for their service and continued care of our patients, “said Alan Wotherspoon, Chair. Drs. Friesen and Maskens will continue to practice and have served as Chiefs for 8 and 19 years respectively.

The Department Chief is responsible for the professional practice and quality of care provided by professional staff within the Department, and is under the general direction of the Chair of Medical Advisory Committee. The Department Chief works with the Medical Director(s) and Administrative Director(s) in planning and resource management activities to ensure optimum utilization of the available resources.

“There are very few decisions more important to a hospital’s future than the appointment of a department chief.  It is key to find leaders who are dedicated, enthusiastic and tirelessly believe in the vision of professional, high quality, safe patient care,” said Dr. Peter McLaughlin. “We have found that and much more in Drs. Crane and Harrington. We are very excited to have them as part of our medical leadership.”

Dr. Crane has been an attending physician at PRHC since July 2010, is a husband and father of three, is CEO at Crane Medical in Peterborough and is also a Family Physician for the Greater Peterborough Family Health Team. He attended the University of Western Ontario, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  He continued his education at the University College Dublin where he completed his Bachelor of Medicine in Surgery and Obstetrics and the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated upon completion of his Family Medicine Residency.

“I am honored to have been appointed as Chief of Family Medicine,” said Dr. Crane (photo above). “I have big shoes to fill in continuing the excellent work of Dr. Friesen.  I’m confident that the solid platform we’ve developed here at PRHC and in the community will not only ensure we survive – but also continue efforts to thrive as we meet the needs of our communities. ”  

Dr. Brian Harrington is an active member at PRHC and sits on the Health Records Committee, Surgical Services Committee and the Obstetrical Review Committee. Dr. Harrington began his education at McGill University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Physiology; he continued his education at the University of Western Ontario where he completed his Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Harrington completed his Dalhousie Residency Training Program in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“As a contributing member of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department for seven years, I am confident and inspired by the many leaps we’ve taken in quality, safety and performance at PRHC,” says Dr. Harrington (photo to the left). “I hope to continue Dr. Maskens’ legacy, and take additional strides in the care this department provides both as a local and regional health centre.” 


For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Kerrivan
Communications Assistant
705-743-2121 x2234          


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