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Mark Blandford will apply his deep knowledge of long-term care to reinvent the system from the inside out.

December 2, 2022 – Providence Living’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mark Blandford has accepted the role as Providence Living’s new President and CEO.

Mark has held senior roles in a variety of health care organizations and his passion for improving the lives of seniors has been a major driver in his career choices. An occupational therapist by training, Blandford has worked clinically in a wide variety of settings in the UK, Nova Scotia on Vancouver Island and now, in Vancouver.  Before arriving in Vancouver, Blandford served as Executive Director for Seniors Health and Primary Care for Island Health where he was the operational and strategic lead for the long-term care (LTC) COVID-19 response for 6,000 LTC beds as well as the 900-unit assisted living portfolio. Blandford also served as Island Health’s strategic lead for seniors’ care and community care strategy and its Palliative and End of Life program. He has also served as Deputy Seniors Advocate with the Office of the Seniors Advocate for British Columbia. Mark’s experience and breadth of vision will ensure Providence Living continues to move forward on its strategic imperatives, that focus on the re-invention of long-term care as well as expansion of housing and other services for seniors in British Columbia.

Mark will continue to serve on a part- time secondment basis as Providence Health Care’s Vice President, Seniors Care, Clinical and Operations. Leading Providence Living while retaining his presence at our sister organization PHC provides continuity and re-enforces collaboration between the senior leadership team at both organizations.

“We are thrilled that Mark has chosen to accept the appointment as Providence Living’s President and CEO,” said Sandra Health, Chair, Providence Living Board of Directors. “Leading Providence Living while retaining a presence at Providence Health Care bodes well for Providence Living’s new redevelopment and model of care in Comox, and builds PHC’s momentum for developing additional long-term care communities in Vancouver.”