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New Executive Director For Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice

Jill Zirnhelt will be serving as new executive director of the Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice (CIRD) starting April 1.

“We’ve done a lot of great work in the past 3 years so I really look forward to the future,” she says.

“We have some really big things ahead of us. So I’m ready and I’m looking forward to it.”

One of the biggest challenges for the CIRD according to Zirnhelt  will be transforming into a primary care network that is a new way that care is going to be delivered in the Province.

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“It’s different in what we’re doing now and there’s a lot of questions, and not a lot of answers. It’s something that we’re going to be transitioning into over the next 3 years for the province.”

Zirnhelt has been with the Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice since 2014 when she was hired for their GP For Me program.

She replaces Trevor Barnes who announced his retirement.

“I’m excited. It’s time; it’s my third time around. So I think this one is going to stick,” says Barnes.

“I might do a little bit of work here and there, but I’m definitely not going to work like I have been.”

Barnes has served as Executive Director of the CIRD since May 2014 and had previously worked 11 years with the Canadian Mental Health Association and then 30 years with the BC Government.

“Apart from hiring Jill, we developed the Divisions provincially into organizations that now play a key role in the integration and the development of primary health care,” Barnes says.

“ So it’s really been a privilege to be a part of that.”

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