Rachel Ozer was named among six of Canada’s top emerging health-care professionals and awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Award.

Rachel recently completed her Master of Health Administration at the University of Ottawa including a residency project at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. She is currently the Community and Long Term Care Coordinator for the Champlain Regional Stroke Network.  The purpose of this position is to improve the process of recovery for stroke survivors through outpatient rehabilitation and community services.  She was previously employed as a project manager at the Almonte General Hospital, working on accreditation preparation, patient safety and an electronic learning system for the CASH group of small hospitals. Rachel completed two research projects during her M.H.A. studies.  Working with the Centre for Business Analytics and Performance at UOttawa, the projects focused on utilization and service optimization in the Community Diabetes Education Program of Ottawa and at a rural hospital. The latter project is described in the Journal for Healthcare Quality. Rachel is trained as a biochemist and holds a Ph.D. from the Scripps Research Institute and a B.A. in Chemistry from Harvard University.  She began working in pharmaceutical manufacturing and continuous improvement at Bristol Myers Squibb Company in 2004.

Since its inception in 1956, the award has been presented to more than 280 Canadian health-care professionals and is offered in partnership with six leading Canadian universities which offer a Masters program in Health Care Administration, including: the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, Université de Montréal, and Dalhousie University.