Surrey – After dedicating three decades of his life to improving health care, Fraser Health President and CEO Michael Marchbank will retire on October 5, 2018.
“Michael Marchbank has led Fraser Health through a significant and critical period of change, providing strength, determination and passion, and making decisions that put patients and their families first,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “He caps three decades in health care as a well-respected leader who cared about the system and the health of the population he served. His commitment to improving the lives of others can be seen in many of the improvements he brought to Fraser Health during his tenure.”
“Our organization has benefitted tremendously from Michael’s four years of leadership at Fraser Health. He worked tirelessly every day to shape and improve the quality of care we provide and encouraged us to find new, innovative solutions to tackle the tough issues facing health care,” said Fraser Health Board Chair, Jim Sinclair. “I want to thank him on behalf of the board, the staff and the people of the Fraser Health region. His service and dedication can be seen throughout our health authority.”
As President and CEO, Marchbank has led the largest health authority in British Columbia skillfully guiding it through significant expansions in community-based care, with an eye to reducing the reliance on Fraser Health’s hospital network. He brought structure and focus to the organization, always basing his decisions on what was best for the patients, clients and residents of Fraser Health.
Marchbank joined Fraser Health as President and CEO on January 2, 2015. Prior to that, his career saw him take roles as Vice-President of Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, Chief Operating Officer of Provincial Health Services Authority, CEO of the Health Employers Association of B.C., and President and CEO of the Fraser Valley Health Region. Marchbank began his career in Northern Ontario working as a fundraiser for a small hospital.
Over the years, Marchbank amassed extensive breadth of knowledge and experience, using it to influence many changes and advancements in the delivery of health care. He is known for his keen focus on evidence, fairness and dignity, and he helped build a culture of compassion, inclusivity and responsibility at Fraser Health.