Wendy Desjardins-KallarTaking on the role of Zone Clinical Department Manager almost 3 months ago came at a time of multiple leadership changes for the Department of Medicine. Seeing both Dr. Leigh move onto a new role as well as Andrew Jenkins ending his interim role as department manager occurred simultaneously with my onboarding as well as Dr. Schaeffer and Dr. Zarnke assuming their interim roles as Department Heads.

I think it is fair to say that some of the dust has settled and having the opportunity to connect face-to-face with the members of this team has been very meaningful to me in order to not only learn about you but also support you through this time of transition.

It has been a great opportunity to work with and to get to know a bit about each division to gain some understanding of both the successes and the challenges being faced. I have gained so much insight from the honest dialogue about everything that will be upcoming and anything currently that would directly impact the department as whole. Being able to take part in these conversations has inspired me by the teamwork that I observe and the willingness to work collaboratively. I am very eager to contribute to the solutions and goals of this department moving forward.

It is not lost on me that our health care organization is being tasked with large scale changes that affect both operations and physicians in differing measures. With change comes much angst about the possibilities and future outcomes, many of which the leadership team has no definitive answers for. I want to acknowledge the ongoing work and dedication the Department of Medicine team, both staff and physicians, continues to show despite the information we have received and the speculations that continue to surface. I will endeavor to be as transparent as I can in sharing information that is current and accurate as possible as well as to engage those affected as actively as I am able.

I want to thank all of you for being extremely welcoming and supportive as I transition into this role. Coming from clinical operations, there are some similarities but also some very key differences that, without your support and knowledge, I would not be able to learn and grow from. The staff on the 9th floor, the physician leadership, the medical affairs leadership and the clinical operations leadership has been very gracious with their time in reaching out to welcome me and bring me up to speed on the department. I look forward to working with all of you over the next year. I know that with great change can come great challenges; however, I feel that the individuals within this department are well equipped for what is ahead and I have no doubt that we will be able to achieve some great successes together.

– Wendy Desjardins-Kallar