CHUM and MUHC | Two health flagships are looking for their captain

The two university hospitals in Montreal will change CEOs in the coming months. Both the Dright Pierre Gfeller at the MUHC and at the Dright CHUM’s Fabrice Brunet must resign before the end of the year, while launching rumors about the people who will be able to succeed them.

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Ariane Lacoursiere

Ariane Lacoursiere
The press

Both men’s terms of office end in December. Both the Dright Gfeller than the Dright Brunet had come into office just as her institutions were going through difficult years. McGill University Health Center (MUHC) was plunged into a financial crisis and plagued by corruption scandals surrounding its mega construction site when Dr.right Gfeller took over the reins in 2018.

At the University of Montreal Hospital Center (CHUM), the two previous directors, Christian Paire and Jacques Turgeon, had resigned in the turmoil when Dr.right Brunet was appointed CEO in 2015.

Different names are given online as successors to the two men. In particular, we are talking about the Assistant Deputy Minister at the Department of Health and Social Services (MSSS), the DD Lucie Opatriny. The DD Opatrny worked at St Mary’s Hospital Center and CISSS de Laval before making the jump to MSSS in 2018. She has been at the forefront of many decisions made during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The DD Lucie Opatrny, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health and Social Care (MSSS)

Several sources indicate that former Deputy Health Minister Yvan Gendron would also be interested in the race. Mr Gendron was ousted from his post in the summer of 2020 after being criticized for his handling of the first wave of the pandemic. Mr Gendron also recently found himself in the news during the inquest of coroner Géhane Kamel at CHSLD Herron.

Photo Bernard Brault, press archive

Yvan Gendron, Former Deputy Health Minister

Frédéric Abergel, CEO of the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal since 2018, is on the list of candidates. His term of office was extended by four years in May. The name of Pierre-Albert Coubat, currently Deputy Assistant Minister in the MSSS Directorate-General for Financing, Resource Allocation and Budget, is also mentioned as a candidate, albeit with a little more ambiguity. In the past, Mr. Coubat worked in the human resources department of CHUM.


Frédéric Abergel, CEO of the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

Finally, the CEO of the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Dr.right Lawrence Rosenberg may also be interested in taking over the leadership of one of the two university institutions, most likely the MUHC. He has just been reappointed for four years as head of the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, which specifically oversees the Jewish General Hospital.

The processes for replacing the heads of the two CHUs will be initiated in the autumn.

Musical chair game

These two new appointments are in addition to several others that have been announced over the past few days. At the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Vincent Lehouillier fills the vacancy left by Sonia Bélanger’s departure from politics. The latter was until recently Associate Deputy Minister of the Human Resources and Compensation Department of the MSSS.

In Montreal’s West Island, CEO Lynne McVey, who was hit by the CHSLD-Herron scandal, recently announced she will be stepping down this summer. For now, she replaces Deputy CEO, Najia Hachimi-Idrissi.

At CISSS de Lanaudière, Maryse Poupart, who replaced CEO Daniel Castonguay following the crisis caused by the death of Joyce Echaquan, will continue her mandate until 2025.

Another CHU will also change CEO in the coming weeks: At CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS, Dright Stéphane Tremblay has just completed his mandate.

A total of around ten new CEOs were appointed in the 34 companies of the network this year.

You will be asked to play a central role in the management of community services. Health Minister Christian Dubé meets with seven or eight of these CEOs every Monday to discuss current issues and hear the pulse of the industry. A habit adopted during the pandemic and one that has continued ever since.

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