Horizon CEO Karen McGrath named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs

(FREDERICTON) – Horizon Health Network (Horizon) is proud to announce that Karen McGrath, President and CEO, has been honoured as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs for 2021.

Last night (May 6, 2021), McGrath was recognized, with 49 other inspiring leaders, at the Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2021 Virtual Awards Gala. She is one of 14 New Brunswick distinguished leaders who were honoured and will be profiled in the May/June print issue being distributed across the Atlantic region.

McGrath’s leadership of New Brunswick’s largest regional health authority includes balancing an annual budget of approximately $1.2 billion and overseeing its 12 hospitals, more than 100 medical facilities, clinics and offices.

With more than 13,000 employees and 1,100 physicians, McGrath leads the most employees of all 2021 award winners.

“I’m honoured to be recognized among a list of high-caliber leaders,” said Karen McGrath, President and CEO of Horizon. “I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by a dynamic and passionate team at Horizon. We are all leaders, yet work as a team, so this recognition is a demonstration of their dedication and the value we bring to our New Brunswick communities.”

In her time as CEO, McGrath has advanced several important initiatives for Horizon to improve health care for New Brunswickers, particularly in innovation and research.

Horizon secured millions of dollars in grant funding through various sources over the last number of years, helping realize important clinical research in many areas of study. As a result, Horizon was named one of Canada’s ‘Top 40 Research Hospitals’ last year, solidifying its status among the country’s top health research institutions.

She has also advocated for health care professionals to work to their full scopes of practice and led the development and implementation of Horizon’s new strategic plan in 2021 to improve the way health care is provided to New Brunswickers over the next five years.

“Many of us have experienced firsthand how she empowers her employees, values our opinions, and respects the integral role every person plays in providing safe and quality care,” said Dr. Édouard Hendriks, Vice President Medical, Academic and Research Affairs.

“She values engaging with staff, physicians and community members, and is admired for her honesty and transparency,” added Jean Daigle, Horizon’s Vice President Community.

McGrath stepped into the role in 2017and continues to successfully steer her organization through the COVID-19 pandemic. She announced in March 2021 that she will be retiring in January 2022.

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Kris McDavid
Media Relations