Susan VanDeVelde-Coke

Sue VanDeVelde-Coke is presently Executive Director of CARE, Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses.  She is also a health care consultant focusing on professional practice reorganization, senior leadership team building, organizational reviews of organizations, HR planning, staffing and budget realignment.  Clients include:  PricewatehouseCoopers, Ontario Shores Mental Health Centre, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Health Canada, College of Nurses of Ontario, Canadian Nurses Association, Community Addictions and Mental Health Services of Haldimand/Norfolk, McMaster University Faculty of Nursing.

Dr. Coke served as Executive Vice President and Chief Professions/Nursing Executive at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a 1,250-bed facility in Toronto, Ontario. Her operational responsibilities included 2,400 nurses, 1,000 health professionals, and executive leadership for 5 specialty clinical programs. Previously she was Vice President at VON National Canada, where she led the merging of 14 Ontario VON branches into one governance and operational structure, establishing day-away programs and community palliative, mental health and dialysis services. Dr. Coke also held the position of Senior Vice President, Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre where she was responsible for the acute medical/surgical, mental health, obstetrics, paediatrics and rehabilitation hospitals. Other positions included Director of Specialty Nursing Services at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

She has served on numerous federal, provincial and local task forces and committees, focused on improving ways to bridge the acute and community sectors, developing new mechanisms to keep patients and clients out of acute care hospitals, determining how to use human resources more effectively, assisting clients to better cope on their own and, finally, creating ways for the health care system to work in a more coordinated fashion.  Her most recent research has been as co-investigator on the National Nursing Quality Report, an initiative to set up a national set of structure, process, outcome nurse-sensitive quality indicators.

She has served on the Canadian Nurses Association Board of Directors and various positions on the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, including President.

Dr. Coke’s research “The Effectiveness and Efficiency of providing Home Care Visits in Nursing Clinics versus the Traditional Home Setting” focused on home care delivery methods, providing the empirical evidence to support the change in home care regulations to permit setting up nursing clinics in the community.

Dr. Coke earned an MA from the University of Washington, MBA from McGill University and her PhD from McMaster University. She also holds an adjunct appointment as Assistant Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, and has held similar positions at the University of Manitoba, Ottawa University and Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. She is a Certified Health Executive.