Executive Team

Kenneth (Ken) Baird, Vice President

Kenneth (Ken) Baird joined the Eastern Regional Health Authority in 2016, bringing with him over 40 years of progressive clinical and administrative experience within the Canadian health system. He previously worked within health care...

Scott Bishop, Chief Financial Officer

Scott Bishop is a finance professional with almost 20 years of progressive experience in both the public and private sectors. As vice president – finance and support services, he serves as Eastern Health’s chief financial...

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Gena Bugden, Vice President

Dr. Gena Bugden is vice president – medical services at Eastern Health. Before joining the executive team in 2020, she was the regional clinical chief of emergency medicine. She has been a physician with Eastern Health since 2008...

Ron Johnson, Vice President

Ron Johnson has approximately 25 years of progressive career experience in health care from front-line delivery to executive management. As Eastern Health’s vice-president – innovation/rural health and chief information...

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Elizabeth (Liz) Kennedy, Executive Director

Elizabeth (Liz) Kennedy started her nursing career with Eastern Health 30 years ago, working on both the provincial burn unit and the general surgery unit at the Health Sciences Centre. She is currently executive director responsible...

Lynette Oates, Chief Communications Officer

As the health authority’s chief communications officer, Lynette Oates has executive oversight for and directs Eastern Health’s communications strategy with internal and external stakeholders. As a member of the executive team,...

Judy O’Keefe, Vice President

Judy O’Keefe is currently a vice president of clinical services with Eastern Health and has oversight for a number of programs including, among others, long-term care, population and public health, primary health care, rehabilitation,...

Collette Smith, Vice President

Collette Smith is currently a vice president of clinical services and human resources. Collette has overall responsibility for various clinical and corporate programs including cardiac care, critical care, children’s health,...

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Debbie Walsh, Vice President

Debbie Walsh is a vice president – clinical services at Eastern Health with responsibility for various clinical programs across the region including surgical services, perioperative services, and the medicine program. She also...

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Last updated: 2019-10-09