FNHA Announces Dr. Becky Palmer as Chief Nursing Officer



Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC)—The First Nations Health Authority is excited to announce the selection of Dr. Becky Palmer as its new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Dr. Palmer has held senior leadership positions with the BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital over the past eight years and will assume her new role on December 14, 2015.

"It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Dr. Becky Palmer to our Senior Leadership team as Chief Nursing Officer," said FNHA Chief Operating Officer Richard Jock. "Over the past decade, Becky has established herself as a passionate and dedicated leader in health care, notably within the fields of nursing, women's and children's health. Her wealth of knowledge is an incredible asset to FNHA and our team looks forward to working with her on this important work."

In her role as CNO, Dr. Palmer will assume leadership of FNHA's largest direct-care portfolio, Nursing Services, and will oversee both operations and transformation of nursing programs with an emphasis on quality and initial focus on implementing the findings and recommendations of the FNHA Nursing Services Review. The selection of Dr. Palmer as CNO is an important and exciting first step following the review process. Dr. Palmer will attend the upcoming 2015 FNHA Nursing Education Forum: Celebrating the Circle of Wellness on November 24-26 and December 1-3, 2015.

"I am honoured and excited to join the team at FNHA in such meaningful and transformational work," shares Dr. Palmer. "I place high value in the vast contributions and positive impacts made by nurses, physicians, allied health professionals and our community partners, and it will be a privilege to serve the team at FNHA as the Chief Nursing Officer. I look forward to the journey ahead, the opportunity to learn from and alongside new colleagues, forge new partnerships and collaborate with First Nations communities across BC and beyond to achieve health through wellness."

Dr. Palmer comes to the FNHA from the BC Children's Hospital & BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, and brings with her 25 years of experience in nursing practice, education and research, as well as 10 years in senior leadership positions. Deeply respected in her field and dynamic in her approach to leadership, she is known for developing and leading innovate health initiatives, creating holistic learning environments and fostering strong relationships with partner organizations.