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Leadership Team

BC Women’s is led by the executive team, comprised of senior staff in leadership positions across the organization.

Cheryl Davies, Chief Operating Officer

Cheryl-Davies-CW.jpgCheryl Davies is the chief operating officer, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre, one of the largest maternity hospitals in Canada and the only facility in BC devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and their families. Cheryl has over 25 years' experience in women's health as a nurse, educator and senior leader, in both community and hospital settings. She is a passionate advocate for women's health, reproductive rights and social justice. She believes firmly in the strength of servant leadership, and the importance of honouring women's values and voices in health care.

Dr. Jana Davidson, Chief Medical Officer

Jana-Davidson-CW.jpgDr. Jana Davidson is the chief medical officer for BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre. In this role, Jana has oversight over all medical staff, including physicians, midwives and dentists, working at BC Children's and BC Women's as well as, quality and safety, overall academic mandate, and both research institutes. Jana was previously BC Children's Hospital's psychiatrist-in-chief and was the Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) from 2008-2019. She is a proud BC native and completed all her medical training at the University of British Columbia. Over the course of her career, Jana has provided consulting psychiatric services to virtually all BC Children's mental health clinics, as well as to community-based teams around the province via telehealth. Jana is driven by her passion to ensure that all those who require care, receive education, undertake research and work at Children's and Women's are welcomed, valued and respected.  She is focused on ensuring the highest quality of care and in fostering integrated clinical research. Among her many accomplishments, Jana received the Premier's Award in 2016 for implementing a Telemental Health service in northwestern BC to create equitable access to child and adolescent psychiatry in that region and the Joint Collaborative Committee's "Champion of Change" award in 2018 for her work in child and youth mental health system transformation in BC. 

Laurence Bayzand, Interim Executive Director, Inter-Campus Operations

Laurence-Bayzand_CW.jpgLaurence Bayzand is the interim executive director, inter-campus operations, BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre, a campus with over 4,500 staff and hundreds of clinics, programs, and services. In this role, Laurence oversees non-clinical hospital operations and projects including the Teck Acute Care Centre, Patient Experience, Clinical & Systems Transformation Project, and the Slocan Site redevelopment. Laurence has over 25 years of expertise in public, private and not-for-profit operations with a focus on health care services. Trained as a clinical counsellor, he practices compassionate listening and understanding every day. He's a facilitator and an advocate for authenticity, honesty and transparency. He is dedicated to quality patient care and believes in implementing innovative programs that provide opportunities for individual growth and team success. 

Sarah Bell, Interim Chief Nursing Officer and Head of Professional Practice, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre and BC Children’s Hospital

In addition to her role as the chief operating officer of BC Children's Hospital, Sarah Bell is the Interim Chief Nursing Officer and Head of Professional Practice for both BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. Sarah began her career in health care as a registered nurse at St. Paul's Hospital. She moved to BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, where she worked as a facility coordinator, program director and executive director. She helped identify and develop services for children and youth with significant substance-use disorders. Sarah became an executive director for BC Children's Hospital in 2014. Among her other achievements, she has worked to implement the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. After acting as interim chief operating officer at BC Children's, Sarah was promoted to the position in 2019. She feels fortunate to play a leading role in a field that can help improve the lives of B.C. families. 

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