News Release      

The North West LHIN Announces New co-VPs of Clinical

Thunder Bay, Ontario – Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - The North West LHIN is pleased to announce that the role of Vice President, Clinical, will be filled jointly by Dr. Stewart Kennedy and Dr. Sarah Newbery. Dr. Kennedy has been a family physician in Thunder Bay for more than 30 years, and Dr. Newbery has been a comprehensive family physician in the rural community of Marathon for 21 years. Both Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Newbery are clinicians whose work is grounded in their community-based family health teams and their local hospital settings. As a result of their clinical work, they have a deep understanding of the challenges facing clinicians and patients across the Northwest region.

Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Newbery bring to their shared role a variety of experiences with several provincial organizations and a well-developed network of colleagues across the province. Dr. Kennedy brings to the role his experience as the Primary Care Lead for the North West LHIN, and his senior leadership role with Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC). He is a past president of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), and is a member of the board of Health Quality Ontario (HQO). Dr. Newbery is currently a member of several provincial health care related committees, is Chief of Staff of the North of Superior Health Care Group (NOSH), and is a past president of the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Both Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Newbery have faculty appointments as Assistant Professors at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), and have been actively involved with NOSM in a variety of capacities. Both have been recognized for their clinical and academic leadership.


“This is a really important time for Ontario’s health care system. As family physicians who have worked in our region for many years, we have a shared understanding of the need to improve the health care system for patients in our region. We also know how important it is to improve the system for the health care providers who are working hard every day to deliver the best care they can to our region’s citizens. We are looking forward to working together in this role with the LHIN, and we look forward to working with other clinical leaders across the region to improve care in their local communities and clinical settings.”

Dr. Stewart Kennedy and Dr. Sarah Newbery 

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Newbery to the North West LHIN team. Their varied experience will play a critical role in the ongoing transformation and integration of primary care, sub-region planning and health services in Northwestern Ontario.”

Laura Kokocinski, CEO, North West LHIN    

Quick Facts:  

  • As part of the transition, a new organizational structure integrating management structures at the North West LHIN and the North West Community Care Access Centre to better ensure health care investments are improving services and patient care, was approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in January, 2017.
  • Under the new organizational structure, the North West LHIN has six divisions: Clinical; Health System Strategy, Integration and Planning; Home and Community Care; Corporate Services; Human Resources and Organizational Development; and Communications and Engagement.
  • The North West LHIN is responsible for planning, funding and integrating local health services as well as delivering home and community care services.
  • The North West LHIN holds accountability agreements with hospitals, long-term care homes, community health centres, mental health and addictions agencies, and other community support services. The North West LHIN and its Board of Directors are responsible for more than $650 million of health care services delivered in Northwestern Ontario.    

Media Contacts:  

Petronilla Ndebele, Director, Communications and Community Engagement
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Robert Servais, Acting Manager, Communications, Engagement and Stakeholder Relations
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