Canadian Healthcare Association

Canadian Healthcare Association

June 10, 2013 14:17 ET

Canadian Healthcare Association Applauds Distinguished Health Leadership

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 10, 2013) - Alice Downing, Chair of the Canadian Healthcare Association, yesterday announced the Honourable Ronald D. Stewart of Nova Scotia as the recipient of the Association's 2013 Award for Distinguished Service. The award was conferred during the Association's 70th Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Since 1949, the Canadian Healthcare Association's prestigious Award for Distinguished Service has recognized outstanding contributions or achievements in furthering progress and governance in the health sector; consistent and noteworthy service and leadership, particularly at the national level; personal efforts to assist and advance the efficiency and performance of Canadian organizations; personal efforts to foster public policy and legislation related to heath care; and furtherance of public policy and legislation related to health care.

An accomplished physician and politician, Dr. Ronald D. Stewart's career has focused on health system excellence. Educated at Dalhousie University and the University of Southern California, Dr. Stewart's career has ranged from general practice in a Nova Scotia coastal fishing village, staff positions at several noted medical schools, to Medical Director of the paramedic system of the City of Pittsburg. He has been actively involved overseas in projects focused on emergency and primary care. His involvement in the campaign to ban antipersonnel landmines saw him travel to several world capitals and to the UN, and be named a medical delegate to the Ottawa Treaty Conference of 1997.

A member of the Nova Scotia Provincial Parliament from 1993 to 1997, he served as Minister of Health and Registrar General from 1993 to 1996. A leader in health system reform, Dr. Stewart established the highly-recognized current Emergency Health Services system and a major expansion of home care services.

Dr. Stewart has been honoured with several national awards for his work in tobacco control. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Member of the Order of Nova Scotia, and holds a life-time honourary appointment to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia. He holds honourary degrees from Acadia University and Cape Breton University. His work in medical research has been recognized in the United States through the creation of the Ronald D. Stewart Chair in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburg. In 2009, the American College of Emergency Physicians named him a "Hero of Emergency Medicine."

"Dr. Ronald D. Stewart's life-long pursuit of health system excellence embodies the spirit of the Award for Distinguished Service," said Alice Downing, Board Chair, Canadian Healthcare Association. "We are pleased to present this award to such an accomplished Canadian."

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