The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



The President

In 1994, the President of the Health Sciences Centre was the Chief Executive Officer of the HSC and was responsible for the proper management of all aspects of the hospital's activities. The President was appointed to his position by the board. The President's job description set out the following principal functions:

The President is responsible for developing and maintaining a suitable organization structure and employing competent executive staff. He assists and guides the Board of Directors in setting the strategic direction for the hospital and ensures that objectives are met. He is the principal trustee of the hospital's financial and physical resources.

The President sets the standards and principles which determine how the hospital is to conduct its affairs. He ensures that the hospital is in compliance with all relevant statutes and regulations and is the principal management contact for external agencies, organizations and companies. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of a sound image of the hospital in the general public. (Exhibit 375)

Although not a board member, the President attended all meetings of the hospital board, and was responsible for ensuring that the board was kept informed of matters that were within its purview. The hospital's vice-presidents and senior managers reported to the President. During 1994, the period when the 12 deaths under investigation occurred, the President of the HSC was Rod Thorfinnson. An experienced administrator, Thorfinnson was not a doctor.



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Section 1 Chapter 1 - Introduction to the Issues
  Chapter 2 - Pediatric Cardiac Issues
  Chapter 3 - The Diagnosis of Pediatric Heart Defects and their Surgical Treatment
  Chapter 4 - The Health Sciences Centre
Section 2 Chapter 5 - Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Winnipeg 1950-1993
  Chapter 6 - The Restart of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in 1994
January 1, 1994 to May 17, 1994
  Chapter 7 - The Slowdown
May 17 to September 1994
  Chapter 8 - Events Leading to the Suspension of the Program
September 7, 1994 to December 23, 1994
  Chapter 9 - 1995 - The Aftermath of the Shutdown
January to March, 1995
Section 3 Chapter 10 - Findings and Recommendations
Appendix 1 - Glossary of terms used in this report
Appendix 2 - Parties to the Proceedings and counsel
Appendix 3 - List of witnesses and dates of testimony
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