The head of the province’s new health authority has been announced. Scott Livingstone has been named CEO of the new Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Livingstone has led the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency since 2010 and previously served as the CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Information Network (now eHealth Saskatchewan).

“Scott is passionate about health care, and brings a strong patient focus to this new role,” said Saskatchewan Health Authority Board Chair Dick Carter. “The Board of Directors is looking forward to working with Scott as we lead transformation across the health care system.”

The RHA will replace the current 12 existing health regions in the province, a move announced in January of this year.

“I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to work with more than 40,000 dedicated health care providers and employees across the province as we build a new organization,” Livingstone said. “My immediate focus will be working with the board on in-depth organizational planning, determining a launch date and recruiting a senior leadership team, to ensure we have a seamless transition on the first day of operations.”

The current regional health authority CEOs will be in charge of day to day operations within their regions until the provincial health authority officially launches. The province has not determined an official date for that launch, but they say it will probably happen in late fall of this year.