In January this year, Lynne McVey assumed the role of the Institute’s Executive Director, leaving her responsibilities at the Jewish General Hospital, where she had worked for 25 years, most recently as the Director of Nursing and Clinical Operations and the Co-Director of the Segal Cancer Centre.

Ms. McVey, a nurse deeply committed to the quality of care, is also Associate Professor at McGill University’s School of Nursing and principle lecturer for the Health Administration Program in the Faculty of Medicine at Université de Montréal. She teaches management, leadership, patient safety, and partnership between nurses and doctors. Ms. McVey has been a Fellow at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in the Health Management for Nurse Executives Program since 2009, and a member of the Board of this same institution since 2010, serving until 2012.

The Douglas’ new Executive Director has an impressive track record in improving patient care, especially with respect to better organization of services; and she also believes in continually improving the patient experience, especially for those who must live with the stigma associated with mental illness, wanting to ensure they receive care with dignity. When asked what attracted her to the Douglas, Ms. McVey says that it is “the continual improvement in patient care and outcomes, made possible by the close connection between cutting-edge research and patient-centered clinical practice.”

Impressions of the Douglas

“The commitment, dedication and energy that our doctors, employees and professional staff bring to their work is extremely motivating. Patients and their families are treated in a safe atmosphere filled with respect and understanding of their suffering. This is noticeable not only in clinical care but also in research pursuits. The work carried out at the Douglas Institute to fight stigma surrounding mental illness is truly inspiring.”
– Lynne McVey, inf., M.Sc., Executive Director and donor