Chal­leng­ing job, but not im­pos­si­ble

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Po­si­tion Re: Edi­to­rial — A daunt­ing task ahead — Aug 16.

Lead­er­ship, run­ning an or­ga­ni­za­tion, man­ag­ing health care. These are not im­pos­si­ble tasks. These are jobs at which many peo­ple ex­cel. They are ac­tu­ally pro­fes­sions that re­quire spe­cific skillsets, ex­pe­ri­ence and a set of per­sonal char­ac­ter­is­tics.

This edi­to­rial makes it sound as though this po­si­tion is an im­pos­si­ble one that would re­quire some mag­i­cal per­son who doesn’t ex­ist to carry out.

Let’s be clear — any job in lead­er­ship is chal­leng­ing. There are spe­cial­ists who have stud­ied health-care man­age­ment for years, have writ­ten books, have prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence man­ag­ing health-care teams, have in­cred­i­ble and in­spir­ing lead­er­ship, have upto-date re­search on best prac­tices.

This is whom we need to re­cruit. I see this as an ex­cit­ing time for health care in P.E.I. It is an ex­cit­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­nity for a leader in this field — we just need to find them.

What an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to shape health care in a province small enough to make sig­nif­i­cant im­pacts. This is some­one’s dream job. This is a turn­ing point in P.E.I. when it comes to health care. It’s a dream job.

That’s how to re­cruit the best. Show them the in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity and all the pos­i­tives. Any­one in the field will al­ready know the chal­lenges. We need to high­light the op­por­tu­ni­ties and the im­pact. We need to re­cruit some­one am­bi­tious who will make the bold de­ci­sions P.E.I. needs to make. Aim higher P.E.I.

We de­serve it.

Dr. Sarah Ste­wart-Clark Co-founder and Ad­min­is­tra­tor Is­land Moth­ers Help­ing Moth­ers

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