CIUSSS West-Central MontrealMay 2024

Alan Maislin awarded D’Arcy-McGee Citizenship Medal

Alan Maislin, President of the Board of Directors of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal from 2015 to 2024, has been honoured with the D’Arcy-McGee–National Assembly Citizenship Medal.

Alan Maislin at the ceremony where he received the D’Arcy-McGee–National Assembly Citizenship Medal.

Alan Maislin at the ceremony where he received the D’Arcy-McGee–National Assembly Citizenship Medal.

The award, presented on May 15 at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre, recognizes Mr. Maislin’s leadership in guiding the healthcare network from infancy to maturity, enabling it to provide care with professionalism and compassion.

The D’Arcy-McGee Medal is awarded each year to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of individuals or organizations that have bettered the lives of residents in the provincial riding of D’Arcy-McGee. Recipients are usually (but not always) residents of the riding.

“I feel honoured,” Mr. Maislin said, “but I’m really accepting this medal on behalf of all of the people I’ve worked with in our CIUSSS and, previously, in CSSS Cavendish. When I think of all of their accomplishments over the past 20 years, it makes me extremely proud to have been a part of those teams.”

Mr. Maislin noted that the medal is all the more significant “when you look at all of the challenges we face in health care and social services. But we’re a well oiled team that’s continually innovating, changing and adapting to always provide the best possible care to the people in our CIUSSS.”

 

Although he retired in 2017, Mr. Maislin maintained a busy pace during his nine-year presidency. In close collaboration with his colleagues on the CIUSSS’s Board and in Senior Management, Mr. Maislin played a significant role in overseeing many landmark events, including:

  • The 2016 launch of Pavilion K, the massive critical-care wing at the JGH
  • The appointment in 2019 of a Digital Health Officer
  • Development of C4 (the Command Centre) in 2020 to improve the movement of patients through the system
  • The 2021 creation of OROT, a digital technology hub that acts as a catalyst to turn promising proposals into useful practices
  • Development of the Hospital@Home program in 2022
Joining Alan Maislin (centre) to celebrate his acceptance of the D’Arcy-McGee–National Assembly Citizenship Medal were (from right) Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal; Lucie Tremblay, Associate CEO of the CIUSSS; Elisabeth Prass, MNA for D’Arcy-McGee; Mary Lattas, the CIUSSS’s Director of Rehabilitation and Multidisciplinary Services; Gary Stoopler, Associate Executive Director of the CIUSSS; and Michèle Bleau, the CIUSSS’s Associate Director of DP-DI-TSA Rehabilitation and Multidisciplinary Services.

Joining Alan Maislin (centre) to celebrate his acceptance of the D’Arcy-McGee–National Assembly Citizenship Medal were (from right) Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal; Lucie Tremblay, Associate CEO of the CIUSSS; Elisabeth Prass, MNA for D’Arcy-McGee; Mary Lattas, the CIUSSS’s Director of Rehabilitation and Multidisciplinary Services; Gary Stoopler, Associate Executive Director of the CIUSSS; and Michèle Bleau, the CIUSSS’s Associate Director of DP-DI-TSA Rehabilitation and Multidisciplinary Services.

Many of these projects are all the more notable for having been undertaken at a time of budgetary cutbacks throughout Quebec, compounded by the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.Mr. Maislin also served from 2007 to 2015 as President of CSSS Cavendish, where he developed an extensive familiarity with rehabilitation services. During this period, he had simultaneous responsibilities as the President of the JGH Users’ Committee and as a member of the hospital’s Transformational Change Committee, which brought innovative practices and technology to the hospital.

After graduating from Rutgers University in the United States in 1963, Mr. Maislin went on to a noteworthy business career, distinguishing himself as the owner and operator of various trucking and customs brokerage companies.

In recognition of his extensive contributions in a volunteer capacity, Mr. Maislin has received various honours. Among them are the RBC Dominion Securities Tikun Olam Award from Federation CJA in 2019, and the 2010 Award for Personal Excellence from the Regroupement provincial des comités des usagers.

Asked what he believes will be the key to the CIUSSS’s success in the future, Mr. Maislin replied, “First and foremost, it’s our caring culture. Also, it’s the participation and volunteerism of our community that keeps driving our organization to a higher level.

“Our challenge is to continue changing with the times, while remaining innovative and making sure the community is involved in everything we do.”

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