New Western Regional Health Authority CEO Appointed

Western Regional Health Authority Media Release |

A more responsive, streamlined regional health authority (RHA) system continues to take shape with the appointment of Penny Gilson as the chief executive officer for Manitoba’s new Western Regional Health Authority.

Gilson previously served as CEO with the Assiniboine authority.

The other chief executive officers are:
Helga Bryant, Northern RHA – the former NOR-MAN and Burntwood RHAs
Kathy McPhail, Southern RHA – the former RHA-Central Manitoba and South Eastman Health Authority.
John Stinson, Interlake-Eastern RHA – the former Interlake RHA and North Eastman Health Authority
Arlene Wilgosh continues as CEO of Winnipeg RHA, which has assumed responsibilities for Churchill Health.

The new Western RHA was created from the merger of the former Assiniboine, Brandon and Parklands health authorities as part of a provincial plan to reduce the number of RHAs in Manitoba from 11 to five. Manitoba Health anticipates a reduction of 30-35 corporate RHA positions across the province through the mergers, with these administrative savings redirected into supporting front line care.

Further information on the mergers is available at the Manitoba Health website: