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Leadership

Dr. John Dornan

Interim President and CEO
Dr. Dornan has practiced medicine in New Brunswick since 1987 and has served in multiple leadership and educational activities since. A lifelong learner and educator, Dr. Dornan has taught students from the start of medical school to the completion of residencies in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. He played a principal role in the establishment of Dalhousie University’s first New Brunswick based satellite Royal College residency. As someone who loves to travel around our beautiful province, he held patient clinics at Horizon’s The Moncton Hospital, Charlotte County Hospital, Upper River Valley Hospital, Sussex Health Centre and at Vitalité Health Network’s Tracadie-Sheila Hospital. Dr. Dornan has been a welcome speaker at educational activities throughout Atlantic Canada, and at national meetings, including the NB Heart Centre Cardiovascular Symposium. An avid runner, Dr. Dornan completed the London UK marathon just before the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. He was awarded the inaugural John Dornan Leadership Award in Emergency Medicine. As Regional Chief of Horizon’s medical staff, Dr. Dornan has also been a front-line practitioner with a clear appreciation of the critical role and teamwork provided by nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and the whole health care team. Prior to his regional role, he held the position of local chief of staff and medical director in Upper River Valley area. He holds Royal College fellowships in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, as well as a master’s in business administration from the University of New Brunswick. Dr. Dornan and his wife Gail have worked in Horizon for in excess of three decades each, in multiple facilities. They are dedicated and enthusiastic New Brunswickers!

Dr. Susan Brien

Vice President Medical, Academic and Research Affairs
Dr. Susan Brien is Vice President Medical, Academic and Research Affairs for Horizon Health Network. Originally from New Brunswick and prior to joining Horizon, Dr. Brien served as the Director, Practice and System Innovation at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She played an integral part in the Royal College’s international initiative as the Vice-President Asia Pacific. Her portfolio includes overseeing new regional, national and international projects, facilitating professional development activities such as team training, simulation, performance assessment, simulation accreditation, and curriculum integration. Dr. Brien also held leadership roles including Chief of Neurosurgery at Le Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Gatineau, where she had practiced as a neurosurgeon. She served as the inaugural Director of Operations for Quebec, Eastern Canada and Nunavut with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, where she was responsible for national patient safety education. Dr. Brien is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the University of Ottawa and a faculty lecturer with the Division of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University, where she also served as the UGME Accreditation Lead for the Gatineau Campus. She is a certified physician executive and member of the American Association of Physician Leaders. As Vice President Medical, Academic and Research Affairs, Dr. Brien oversees and ensures systems, policies and procedures support excellence in medical care and champions constant improvement, innovation, and research.

Jean Daigle

Vice President Community
Jean Daigle is Vice President Community for Horizon Health Network, responsible for Addiction and Mental Health, Public Health, community health centres and clinics, and First Nations Liaison. Jean has more than 20 years of management experience, was recently also the Vice President of Mental Health, Addiction Services and Public Health at Horizon Health Network, and has worked in various Provincial Departments including Family and Community Services-Seniors Population/Adult Protection, Department of Education and Department of Health-Mental Health Division. Jean was Director of Addictions and Mental Health under the former South-East Regional Health Authority, an area now within Horizon Health Network. In that position, he was responsible for overall operations of the addictions and mental health programs in the area. Jean has a strong interest in the area of Total Quality Management having spent time training both management and clinical staff in this capacity. He is also a past member of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick. He obtained his Bachelor of Social Work in 1986 and Masters in Public Administration in 2013 from University of Moncton.

Gary Foley

Vice President Professional Services
Gary Foley is the Vice President Professional Services for Horizon Health Network. Gary has worked in the health-care sector for the past 28 years. He was previously employed as President and CEO of the Miramichi Regional Health Authority, a position he held from 2004 to 2008. He was a member of the senior management team at the Miramichi Regional Health Authority from 2001 to 2004 holding the portfolios of Vice President of Administration and Support Services and Vice President of Professional Services. Prior to his positions in senior administration, Gary was a practicing Speech Language Pathologist and Manager of the Speech Language Pathology & Audiology Department at the Miramichi Regional Hospital. Gary holds a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Maine, a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University, and has obtained certification in the Canadian College of Health Service Executives. He is active in his home community of Miramichi as a member of the Rotary Club of Newcastle.

Eileen MacGibbon

Vice President Clinical Services
Eileen MacGibbon is Vice President of Clinical Services for Horizon Health Network. She is responsible for Emergency Departments, Critical Care, Neurosciences and Surgical Services, as well as three provincial programs: the New Brunswick Heart Centre, the New Brunswick Trauma Program and the NB Organ and Tissue Program. Eileen was born and raised in Nova Scotia and completed her education in Health Information Management at the Halifax Infirmary. She also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Athabasca University. Eileen has over 20 years of extensive leadership experience in complex organizations, including overseeing patient care services within large and small hospital settings. She is a known collaborative leader who has led organization-wide quality and process improvement initiatives, the amalgamation and integration of health services and the development and implementation of new programs. She was Horizon’s regional lead of the system transformation team when the province’s health care authorities integrated in 2008. She also led in the development of Horizon’s first Decision Support and Process Improvement Consulting team.

Dr. Ken Gillespie

Acting Regional Chief of Staff
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Dr. Gillespie is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax in 1994 where he finished his residency in 1999. Upon completing his residency, he came to Horizon’s The Moncton Hospital (TMH) to open an obstetrics and gynecology practice, and has been working as an Obstetrician at TMH for approximately 25 years. He has served as the Local Chief of Staff for the Moncton Area, Clinical Department Head for Obstetrics and Gynaecology at TMH, as well as Medical Director for Women and Children's Health at TMH. He has been actively involved in the procurement and planning of the new Maternal Newborn Building, currently under construction at TMH. This new building will be a significant addition to Horizon resources to help the organization better serve both the Moncton community and families from around the province.

Janet Hogan

Corporate Director of Communications and Community Relations
Janet Hogan is the Corporate Director of Communications and Community Relations for Horizon Health Network. Janet was previously the Director of Community Relations for the South East Regional Health Authority. A highly-motivated public relations and communications senior executive, Janet has more than 25 years of extensive applied experience in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, media and social media relations, crisis communications, internal communications and corporate policy. Janet also has a significant health care background, which includes extensive experience in clinical nursing and senior administration. Her career has included positions as a registered nurse in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and General Manager of Royal Court Retirement Residence, a large private senior citizens complex in Riverview, New Brunswick. Appointed Director of Community Relations for the South East Regional Health Authority, Janet was instrumental in developing a new department that focused on community relations, health promotion, communications and media relations. Janet has built a strong, collaborative and innovative team of communications professionals that focus on the needs of the organization in a very demanding, diverse and continually evolving organization. Janet has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Public Relations Management Certificate from Royal Roads University, as well as an IAP2 Training for Public Participation.

Gail Lebel

Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO)
Gail Lebel is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Horizon Health Network. Gail has previously worked in the public and private sectors, as well in publicly-traded companies, where she was responsible for all aspects of human resource (HR) management across large, complex businesses and geographic locations. Gail has recently been employed at J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) in various HR leadership positions. For the past three years she has held the position of Director and Vice President of the Talent Centre of Excellence with a specific focus on talent acquisition, employee experience and engagement, workforce planning, leadership development, talent management, HR best practice research and succession planning across the JD Irving group of companies. Prior to joining JD Irving, Gail was the Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources for ICT Group located in Newtown, Pennsylvania and was responsible for setting HR strategy and leading the ICT’s HR function across 40 locations, 10 countries and over 18,000 employees. Gail holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of New Brunswick, a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) designation, a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation and is currently completing a certification in Executive Coaching with Royal Roads University.

Margaret Melanson

Vice President, Quality and Patient-Centred Care
Margaret Melanson is the Vice President, Quality and Patient-Centred Care for Horizon Health Network. She is responsible for implementing a sustainable, Horizon-wide approach, to patient-centredness. Additionally, her portfolio includes Quality and Patient Safety; Patient Advocacy; Infection Prevention and Control; Privacy; Risk Management; and Official Languages. Margaret is also responsible for Planning, Performance Excellence and Decision Support for Horizon. Margaret was the former Executive Director for the Saint John area, where she was responsible for clinical service delivery within acute care, among other responsibilities. She also has experience leading a number of clinical networks across all Horizon. Margaret has extensive clinical and administrative experience in the health care sector, having previously served as Vice President of Clinical and Facility Support Services for the Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation, among other roles. She is also a Past President of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada, and the New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Dalhousie University, as well as an Executive Master of Business Administration.

Jeff Carter

Corporate Director for Capital Assets & Infrastructure Services
Jeff Carter is the Corporate Director for Capital Assets & Infrastructure Services for Horizon Health Network. He is responsible for Engineering Services/Facilities Management; Capital Construction, Equipment & Planning; Nutrition and Food Services; Environmental Services; Property Management & Space Planning; Emergency Management; and Security and Safety Services/Parking. Jeff has been involved in health care leadership since the mid-’90s, and has held a variety of positions, including Director of Medical Services Administration and Director of Health Information and Risk Management. He previously held the position of Vice President Operations and Support Services as part of Horizon’s first executive leadership team. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Brunswick, and a professional designation as a Certified Health Executive (CHE) from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. He sits on the national Board of Directors for the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and is the Past Chair for the New Brunswick Chapter. He is also past Board member for the Canadian Healthcare Association (now HealthcareCAN). Jeff also has obtained certification in IAP2 Training for Public Participation. Jeff has received various levels of coaching proficiency certification through Hockey Canada and is always quick to volunteer his time to causes he holds near and dear to his heart. He has been married for 25 years and is the father of two wonderful sons. He enjoys travel, reading, music, spending time with friends and family, and playing golf.

Dan Keenan

Chief of Finance
Dan Keenan is Chief of Finance for Horizon Health Network. He is responsible for the Financial Services provided to patients and staff, and leads Horizon’s annual budget process. Dan is also responsible for the financial internal controls of the organization, and oversees Horizon’s Accounting; Accounts Receivable; Accounts Payable; Payroll; Budgeting; and Reporting functions.

Jennifer Sheils

Chief Information Officer
Jennifer Sheils is the Chief Information Officer for Horizon Health Network. She is responsible for Information Management Technology and Telecommunications strategy, prioritization, and investment across Horizon. Jennifer joined Horizon in 2017 following a 20-plus year career in the Information and Communications Technology Industry, where she was primarily responsible for IT services delivery and optimization for the health care sector in New Brunswick. She brings valuable experience in technology planning and strategy, governance, service delivery and relationship management. She leads Horizon’s Health Information Management portfolio, with a focus to support broader adoption of electronic medical records, and leads the team that is responsible for Horizon’s patient health records, admitting and registration. She is also responsible for telehealth and virtual care services, which supports clinical programs and operations through video and other technologies. Jennifer is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders, sits on the Advisory Committee for Digital Health Canada Atlantic Chapter, and is a graduate of Mount Allison University.