Dr. Richard Wedge
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Has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2012 after some 20 years in medical administration
Doctor Richard Wedge, P.E.I.'s top health executive, is retiring.
The announcement was made today by Health PEI where Wedge is Chief Executive Officer.
“On behalf of my colleagues on the board, I want to thank Dr. Wedge for his invaluable service and contribution to Health PEI, our health care system and, more importantly, to the health and well-being of Islanders,” said Health PEI board chairwoman Phyllis Horne, in a press statement today from the organization. “We have valued his leadership and advice, and wish him well and all the best in his future endeavours.”
Wedge will continue to be the CEO until the end of May, allowing time to search for a successor. The recruitment process is already underway.
“It has been an honour and privilege to work as CEO of Health PEI,” said Wedge. “My time as CEO has been both challenging and rewarding. I am proud to have been part of this organization and to have worked alongside such dedicated staff and physicians who go above and beyond every day to provide Islanders with the best care.”
Prior to joining government in 1995, Wedge practiced as a family physician at the Summerside Medical Centre. During his time in government, he has held several positions including Medical Director to the Workers Compensation Board, Medical Director of East Prince Health and Medical Director of Queens Health Region. More recently, he served as Health PEI’s Provincial Medical Director and Executive Director of Medical Affairs before taking on the role as the organization’s CEO in 2012.
“The future of health care on Prince Edward Island is promising and Islanders are fortunate to have a talented team of health care providers looking after them and their families,” said Wedge.