July 7, 2020 – Today, Rear-Admiral Rebecca Patterson assumed command of the Canadian Forces Health Services Group (CF H Svcs Gp) from Major-General Andrew Downes during a private ceremony held at National Defence Headquarters (Carling) in Ottawa.
CF H Svcs Gp provides health services across Canada and overseas to Canadian military personnel and to any other population as directed by the Minister of National Defence. The interim re-structure of the CF H Svcs Gp will assist with the execution of the group’s complex multi-year Modernization Initiative, providing CF H Svcs Gp with increased senior representation at various strategic engagements to facilitate this project. CF H Svcs Group’s Modernization Initiative will bring in new operational capabilities, an Integrated Governance Framework, and enhanced primary care delivery, providing improved health outcomes while enhancing the stewardship of its resources.
Rear-Admiral Patterson enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a critical care Nursing Officer in 1989. During her distinguished career, she has acquired a wide range of Command experience including, Command of the Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Atlantic), the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre, 1 Health Services Group and most notably, Deputy Commander of the Canadian Forces Health Services Group. Rear-Admiral Patterson deployed as a member of Op SCALPEL with 1 Canadian Field Hospital during the Persian Gulf Conflict in 1991 (Saudi Arabia), Op DELIVERANCE in support of the Canadian Airborne Regiment in 1993 (Somalia), and Op ATTENTION with the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan (Kabul) 2011-2012. Most recently, Rear-Admiral Patterson served as Director General Professional Military Conduct – Operation HONOUR (DG PMC-OpH).
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