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LeeAnn Larocque

Acting Vice President, Clinical Care & Chief Nurse Executive


LeeAnn Larocque is the Director of Children’s Surgical, Emergency and Rehabilitation Services at IWK Health, leading the children’s Health program health leaders and interprofessional team members to excel in service delivery for children and youth of the Maritime provinces. She has extensive experience in pediatric inpatient and ambulatory surgical, emergency, and perioperative services. Throughout the last 27 years, LeeAnn has held various leadership positions which has provided an extensive knowledge base in health care, including the interim VP of Quality and Patient Safety. 

LeeAnn has over 24 years of clinical, operations and administrative experience in both acute care pediatrics and mental health and addictions portfolios. She has also led various redevelopment projects within IWK Health from concept, to design, to full integration within the organization. From inpatient, ambulatory care, support area spaces, and currently the IWK Emergency Department, projects of all sizes have proven that service delivery improvements, staff, patient, and family voice are the key to success.

LeeAnn holds a Master's in Health Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. LeeAnn is certified through the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and currently is an active member of the Bluenose Chapter Executive. In 2019, LeeAnn received her national certification in pediatrics as well as the Board Award for Leadership from IWK Health. In 2022 LeeAnn also obtained her certification as a surveyor for Accreditation Canada.

She has been intriguingly involved in Pandemic planning, leading the implementation of the Pandemic Assessment Centre as one of the provincial sites in Nova Scotia. Her greatest strengths come from her background in pediatrics, operations, quality/patient safety, and mental health and addictions, as well as her ability to make those around her feel quickly at ease. LeeAnn currently an active representative for IWK Health with Children’s Healthcare Canada and has been a member since 2009. With her passion for health care and leadership, you will always find her looking for the next adventure.

LeeAnn Larocque wearing a light grey turtleneck in front of a dark grey background