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Fort St. John

Angela De Smit new Chief Operating Officer for the Northeast

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De Smit’s new responsibilities will include oversight of the health services in hospitals, health centres, and residential care facilities.

Her regions span from Chetwynd, Fort Nelson, and other towns along the Alberta boarder.

De Smit’s career in health care has seen her in a few positions.

She currently holds the title of Heath Services Administrator for the North Peace, and has also worked as the operational lead for acute care planning and transition during the development of the new Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa project.

Previously, De Smit was the Director of Patient Care Services and the Inpatient Unit Manager at the Fort St. John Hospital and Health Care.

“During her 24 years in the North Peace, Angela has shown strong leadership and I am confident she will continue to do so in her new role,” Northern Health Chief Executive Officer and President, Cathy Ulrich said. “I’d like to thank Betty for her exceptional work with Northern Health, and wish her all the best in retirement.”

De Smit is a registered nurse, holding a diploma from the University of Alberta School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Nursing from Athabasca University. She’s also completing a Master of Arts in Leadership with a Health Specialty at Royal Roads University in Victoria.

In 2013, De Smit won a Nursing Excellence Award in Nursing Administration from the College of Registered Nurses in British Columbia. She was also the recipient of the Today’s Woman Award in 2006.

Morris served as the Chief Operating officer with Northern Health since 2008, also playing an instrumental role in the development and construction of the new Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa.

She was responsible for better integration of community services including Home and Community Care, as well as Mental Health and Addiction, while also strengthening relationships with communities in the northeast.