The George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) collaborates with clinicians, researchers, leadership and policy makers to generate and apply patient-oriented research in the health system and health policy environments. As a partnership between University of Manitoba and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, CHI provides seven platforms which offer research expertise and services to facilitate development and implementation of evidence-based initiatives that improve care and outcomes for Manitobans.
CHI is part of a national network of Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) units which are locally accessible, multidisciplinary clusters of specialized research resources, policy knowledge, and patient perspective. SUPPORT Units provide the necessary expertise to pursue patient-oriented research and help lead reforms in response to locally-driven health-care needs. They also lead and facilitate decision-making within the health services setting, foster the implementation of best practices, and promote collaboration among researchers engaged in patient-oriented research.
The George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation was launched on November 18th, 2008 with a $2.5 million gift by Dr. George Yee (MD/60) and his wife Fay. The gift, to establish the Centre and the George & Fay Yee Fellowship in Health Service Design and Quality Improvement, marked one of the largest gifts received by the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine from an alumnus.
Dr. Yee grew up on Henry Avenue in Winnipeg’s inner city and was a respected and successful pathologist in Windsor, Ontario. Despite tough times, Dr. Yee’s parents placed significant stock on a university education - a luxury they themselves did not have.
Dr. Yee was very grateful to receive a bursary to attend medical school and it had a tremendous impact on him. Education enabled him to achieve success and he vowed that if he was ever fortunate enough, he would give back. With an appreciation for teamwork, Dr. Yee was intrigued with a vision for the Centre to teach and train physicians and students in new methods of working together to increase benefits to patients.
A former Winnipeg Rods football player whose team is recognized in the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Dr. Yee long remained connected to his alma mater. A donation in honour of his parents, matched by the Manitoba Scholarship & Bursary Initiative, founded the Charles and Pauline Yee bursary in Medicine to help medical students in financial need complete their program.
In 2006, Dr. Yee's class held their 46th reunion and he generously matched his classmates’ total gift amount to support the Medicine Class of 1960 Entrance Scholarship award. The award was created to help medical students with the financial pressures of medical school, a pressure he remembered himself as a medical student.
On November 11th, 2014, Dr. George Yee, celebrated physician and philanthropist, passed away. In total the Yees have donated more than $3.3 million to further innovation at the University of Manitoba, most recently with a $500,000 donation to support its new Anatomical Sciences Laboratory. Dr. Yee was proud to be a doctor and a graduate of the University, and we will continue to celebrate George and Fay Yee for their generosity and commitment to furthering the development of a multidisciplinary culture in health care.
Support for George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation is provided by the University of Manitoba, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Province of Manitoba and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
The Executive Council is the highest level of leadership at CHI. With the goal of advancing the Centre’s mandate, the Executive Council provides oversight and direction with regard to key strategic activities at the Centre. In addition to Patient/Public Advisers, the Executive Council is made up of different stakeholders including healthcare decision-makers, policy makers, researchers and professionals. Executive Council meets four times a year.
2017 CHI Executive Council:
- Brian Postl - Dean, Max Rady College of Medicine, Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences & Vice-Provost University of Manitoba
- Brock Wright - President and CEO of Shared Health Services Manitoba
- Catherine Cook - Vice President, Population & Aboriginal Health & Associate Dean, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health
- Christina Weise - Chief Executive Officer, Research Manitoba
- Digvir Jayas - Vice-President Research and International, University of Manitoba
- Karen Herd - Deputy Minister, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
- Peter Nickerson - Vice Dean Research, University of Manitoba
- Dr. Terry Klassen - Academic Director, George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation
- Frank Krupka - Executive Director, George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation