03/14/2014 02:09 EDT | Updated 05/14/2014 05:59 EDT

Vickie Kaminski Named New Alberta Health Services CEO

Government of Alberta
EDMONTON - The woman who led Newfoundland's largest health authority as it attempted to recover from a major breast-cancer testing scandal has been named the head of Alberta's health superboard.

Vickie Kaminski has been appointed president and chief executive of Alberta Health Services.

Kaminski moves to Alberta from Newfoundland where she headed the Eastern Regional Health Authority, an organization beset by scandal over hundreds of botched breast cancer tests between 1997 and 2005.

Kaminski took over that job in 2009, apologized for the devastating toll the errors took on patients and oversaw a $17.5-million settlement of a class-action lawsuit.

Mistaken results in 386 cases led to a public inquiry that identified major problems throughout the province's testing system.

A nurse by trade, Kaminski will make $540,000, plus benefits, as Alberta Health Services boss.

Newfoundland Premier Tom Marshall thanked her in a statement.

"Ms. Kaminski came to our province at a difficult time and she has helped restore faith in our health-care system, something for which we will forever be grateful," Marshall said.

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne welcomed her.

"I know that Ms. Kaminski shares my view that the most important role of the CEO ... is to ensure that our front-line health-care workers have the support they need to continue to focus on what's most important — patients," Horne said in a news release.

Kaminski is to start her new job June 2.

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