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Misericordia Health Centre is on the hunt for a new president and CEO.
Rosie Jacuzzi is retiring in December after 13 years in the top job, and just two months after Misericordia is slated to lose its urgent care.
"This is about the best time I could find," said Jacuzzi, who has been looking for a time to retire over the last few years, but never found the right moment with ongoing projects demanding her time.
Although she wanted to step down in September, Jacuzzi says she'll stay on until December in order to oversee the urgent care clinic's closure, something she's not happy about.
"It's one of our flagship programs," she said.
When Misericordia opened its urgent care centre in 1998 it was, according to its website, the first such centre in the country. Nearly 40,000 people visit each year; doctors, nurses and other specialists handle emergencies that aren't life-threatening and assess and treat numerous other urgent health care concerns.
But on Oct. 3 the doors will close and the space will be converted into a community intravenous-care clinic.
"I can't really comment on the good or the bad of it because that's a regional decision," she said. "For us personally, it's a very difficult decision."
Jacuzzi has been at Misericordia for the last 16 years, where she served as chief nursing officer before stepping into the role of president and CEO in November 2004. She has spent her 28-year career in health care in Manitoba and Ontario.
She'll oversee the launch of the new intravenous-care clinic and make sure things are "a little more settled" for her replacement.
WRHA interim president and CEO Réal Cloutier lauded Jacuzzi's leadership in a note sent to the authority's senior managers.
"Under (Jacuzzi's) direction, MHC has crafted an essential role as a leader in the many-faceted field of eye care and in comprehensive services for seniors," he wrote. "The site has seen a metamorphosis both in structure and culture, due, in the largest possible measure, to (Jacuzzi) and her ability to inspire the very best in her team."
A job posting appeared in Thursday's Free Press seeking applications by Sept. 2, just prior to the beginning of a complete overhaul of health-care delivery in the city.