Nursing perspective strengthens Board of Directors
Having been an Accreditation Canada surveyor for the past 10 years, Karen Rose Honegger is now looking forward to turning a keen, analytical eye to the needs of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal in her new role as a member of the Board of Directors. “This is a unique opportunity to harness the expertise of our respective healthcare teams,” Ms. Honegger says,“and it gives us the potential to become a model for other organizations throughout the province and even around the world.”
She recognizes that the future holds significant challenges, including ongoing budget cuts, the equitable allocation of diminishing resources, and change management in the context of healthcare reorganization. However, Ms. Honegger is confident of being up to the challenge, with almost 40 years’ experience in nursing and over 25 years in quality management and accreditation on the front lines and at the senior management level.
Ms. Honegger is currently Assistant to the Director of Nursing for Acute Care in the Community, as well as being responsible for nursing at the Catherine Booth Hospital and Richardson Hospital, and for acute beds at Mount Sinai Hospital. Just before the healthcare reorganization, she was Director of Nursing and Hospital Services at Mount Sinai Hospital. Previously, she held various management positions in long-term care, community care, rehabilitation, specialized care and general acute care. She has worked in private and public organizations which were unionized and non-unionized, non-profit and for profit, within and outside of Canada.
Ms. Honegger says she is looking forward to contributing to the strategic development of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal and “working with the other members of the board and the senior management team to improve the quality of care and servicesfor patients, residents, clients and their families, as well as upgrading the work environment for staff. Our goals are the continuous improvement of quality and the highest accreditation award possible.”