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AMS Announces Appointment of New Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of Associated Medical Services Inc. (AMS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gail Paech as Chief Executive Officer effective July 8, 2013. Ms. Paech will provide strategic and operational leadership to AMS, a foundation committed to advancing innovative research and education initiatives intended to nurture and deepen the humanistic aspects of health care in Canada.

Ms. Paech is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She brings strong leadership and a proven track record in leading large-scale projects focused on health system change. Early in her career, Ms. Paech held several senior administrative roles in Nursing and was Director of a Health Care Practice for a global consulting company. Ms Paech served as Associate Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade and Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario. In these roles she showed exemplary capacity for strategic leadership and was responsible for implementing several high-profile provincial initiatives. Most recently, she served as Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Long-Term Care Association where she inspired positive changes through the development of a strategic plan aimed at achieving future growth and sustainability. Between 1991 and 1998 she was the President and CEO of Toronto East General Hospital.

Ms Paech holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto. She has been an Assistant Professor in the Faculties of Nursing and Medicine at the University of Toronto.

The AMS Board of Directors and staff welcome Ms Paech to AMS and very much look forward to working with her. As CEO, she will provide leadership for initiatives currently underway including the multi-year AMS Phoenix Project: A Call to Caring and will also lead the development of a new strategic plan with the goal of advancing linkages with key partners to raise the profile of Associated Medical Services. For more information visit http://www.ams-inc.on.ca/

Dorothy Pringle, OC BScN PhD FCAHS
Chair, AMS Inc. Board of Directors

Special AMS Notice

Recently it came to the attention of the AMS Board of Directors that a book that was withdrawn from circulation in 1992 was available on the AMS website. The book, Mahlon W. Locke: The Foot Doctor, was part of the AMS sponsored Canadian Medical Lives series. After its publication it was discovered that a significant portion of the book had been copied from the MA thesis of Dr. Barbara Clow without acknowledgement or her permission thus constituting a serious copyright violation. It was agreed that all copies of the book in AMS’s possession would be destroyed and a public notification placed in national newspapers. Inexplicably, a copy of the book survived and a pdf copy of it was placed on the website several years later. This pdf copy has now been removed from the website and erased. We apologize to Dr. Clow for this unfortunate occurrence.

Special Announcement

The AMS Phoenix Project: A Call to Caring

The Board of Directors of Associated Medical Services (AMS) is pleased to announce an innovative multi-year initiative that focuses on making a positive and lasting difference in how health professionals develop and sustain their abilities to provide humane care to people.

The AMS Phoenix Project: A Call to Caring is based on the premise that health professionals provide the best care when they are able to balance human compassion and technical expertise. AMS will act as a catalyst for change by making strategic investments and working with educators, health professionals, workplaces and other partners to nurture and sustain education and workplace environments that support this balance.

Over the next few months, AMS will be developing a structure to oversee the Phoenix Project, which will include an advisory committee, partners’ forum and secretariat.

At this time, AMS Board is pleased to announce that:

  • Dr. Dorothy Pringle has been appointed as Chair the AMS Phoenix Project Advisory Committee. A member of the AMS Board, Dr. Pringle is an accomplished nursing leader, educator and researcher. She is professor emeritus at the University of Toronto where she was the Dean of Nursing from 1988-1999. Dr. Pringle has five honorary degrees, is a recipient of the Jeanne Mance Award from the Canadian Nurses Association for lifetime contributions to nursing, and is an officer of the Order of Canada.
  • Dr. Brian Hodges has been appointed as the Project Lead. Dr. Hodges is an internationally-renowned educator who completed his medical degree in 1989, psychiatry residency in 1994, a Master's of Higher Education in 1995 and a PhD in 2007. Dr. Hodges is the Vice-President of Education at University Health Network. He was named Full Professor and Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chair in Health Professions Education Research at University of Toronto in 2009.

The AMS Phoenix Project has officially launched its new website, www.theAMSPhoenix.ca in December 2011. The members of the advisory committee and partners’ forum has been announced and additional information is provided. As new elements are still in development, we invite you to join us and give us feed back.

AMS Phoenix Project: A Call to Caring backgrounder download.

the AMS Website

Welcome to the AMS website. This website reflects the changes that AMS has undergone and the historical basis of AMS’s evolution as an innovative charitable organization that has been making a contribution to the health and health care of Canadian society for the past seven decades. Whereas AMS pioneered the use of modern technology in health services administration (known then as IBM cards), it is now reliant on modern forms of information technology as represented by the internet and the web.

AMS Booth at CNE
AMS Booth at CNE

The website incorporates the logo and motto adopted in 2005 by the AMS Board. The logo is a representation of a snowflake as a symbol of AMS charity and contribution that has been distributed across the nation over the past decades. Like snowflakes the influence of AMS charity is spread widely. AMS's contribution has been distributed in different forms resulting in a profound and enduring impact on people and institutions through endowed chairs, support for scholarly activity and publications and other forms of contribution to health care.

AMS the corporation has also evolved. Jason Hannah’s unrecognized landmark contribution in prepaid health care was eventually supplanted by government-sponsored prepaid health care across the nation. AMS’s contribution to history of medicine, bioethics and education is having a continuing impact in various manifestations throughout Canada and beyond. Given the success of its contributions in history, bioethics and education AMS the corporation is no longer providing intramural expertise and support but provides continuing financial support for worthwhile initiatives that are administered and sustained by universities and academic/clinical departments and publishers. Competitive grants that have been offered and administered by AMS are evolving into partnered grants such as the grants-in-aid that are available under the partnership with the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM). The AMS Board of Directors has determined that there will be no additional competitive grants to be administered by AMS. All of the current competitive grants will be brought to closure.

AMS will continue to provide Board approved grants in areas that have been traditionally supported by AMS, specifically history, humanities and professional education in the health sciences.