Director of Rehabilitation
I am pleased to welcome Felicia Guarna as Director of Rehabilitation for the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS West-Central Montreal).
In this position, Ms. Guarna will be responsible for rehabilitation services in: short-stay institutions, CLSCs, intermediate resources and transition units for functional recuperation. She will also oversee physical disability programs, as well as teams working with patients who have intellectual disabilities and autism.
Most recently, Ms. Guarna served as Director of Rehabilitation at CSSS Cavendish. There, she implemented a continuum of rehabilitation services across the organization, including at the two hospitals (Richardson and Catherine Booth Hospitals), in home care and in long term care centres.
Prior to her time at CSSS Cavendish, Ms. Guarna held management positions in a number of rehabilitation organizations. Some of her notable accomplishments include leading the implementation of services connected with the organization’s physical disability mandate, including Technical Aid services; as Multidisciplinary Director in a CSSS, playing advisory role for all multidisciplinary professionals, managing archives, admissions and reception services, and overseeing quality improvement and coordination for the Accreditation process; and being involved with Accreditation Canada as a national and international visitor.
“I am very proud to be part of our CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, and to be able to contribute to the development implementation of a range of rehabilitation services,” says Ms. Guarna. “My goal is to harmonize processes and eliminate duplication for patients so along their trajectories through our network, they can easily access the information and services they need, when and where they need them. I look forward to leading the clinical rehabilitation teams and collaborating with the research groups within our CIUSSS West-Central Montreal to ensure our clinical interventions are evidence-based and offer the best possible health outcomes. I am confident that this will be just one piece of our many achievements to come.”
Together with Ms. Guarna, the rest of the management team, and in partnership with all of the institutions in our network, I am eager to embark on this new era in health care. This range of rehabilitation services is important to the patients served by our CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, and I believe Ms. Guarna’s contribution will be valuable. With her goal to make sure patients receive those services in the most appropriate establishments, and from specialized teams who are the best suited to meet their needs, she and her team will help us continue to place patients as the centre and focus of our efforts.
Lawrence Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director of Rehabilitation
I am pleased to welcome Suzanne Cloutier as Associate Director of Rehabilitation for the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal (CIUSSS West-Central Montreal).
Ms. Cloutier will be responsible for planning, organizing, supervising and evaluating the continuum of rehabilitation services in our network. To do this, she will set up multidisciplinary teams to respond to the different needs of persons with physical or intellectual disabilities or an autism spectrum disorder. Among her duties will be a responsibility for managing available resources as well as the quality of rehabilitation services. She will ensure that support is strengthened for persons who need these services in the community, to help them maintain their autonomy and avoid hospitalizations.
Ms. Cloutier has worked primarily with pediatric clientele in the areas of both physical and intellectual disabilities in several different settings, including the Shriners Hospital for Children–Canada, the Centre de réadaptation Marie-Enfant of CHU Sainte-Justine, the Giant Steps School and, most recently, the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, where she was Director of Clinical Programs and Services.
Ms. Cloutier has a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from McGill University and a Master’s degree in rehabilitation therapy from the University of Sherbrooke.
“It’s an honour to be part of the Rehabilitation Management Team in West-Central Montreal Health,” says Ms. Cloutier. “With the multidisciplinary teams of the different rehabilitation programs, we will seize the opportunity to create optimal service pathways to ensure improved access for clients and a better service flow, while developing and implementing best practices in rehabilitation. With the participants now in place, we will make the client experience a truly positive one. Together we will make rehabilitation one of the jewels our network.”
With Ms. Cloutier and the other members of the management team, and in partnership with all the establishments in our network, I am enthusiastic at the thought of entering into this new era in healthcare. Her solid experience with pediatric and adult clientele in rehabilitation is an asset for CIUSSS West-Central Montreal. With the dynamism and leadership that she will bring to her new role, she will ensure the continuum of services in rehabilitation for our clients.
Lawrence Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D.