Our Leadership

St. Paul's Hospital is independently owned by Emmanuel Care and was founded by the Grey Nuns over a century ago, in 1907. 

In 2018, St. Paul’s Hospital and 11 other Catholic healthcare facilities across the province transitioned from having their own Boards of Directors to a model where governance oversight is provided through Emmanuel Health Incorporated.

Nine former St. Paul’s Hospital Board members were appointed to the new Emmanuel Health Board, and leadership roles were formed for St. Paul’s Hospital Executive Director Karen Barber and Emmanuel Health CEO Jean Morrison.

St. Paul's Hospital Local Council  

The St. Paul’s Hospital Local Council functions as a committee of the Emmanuel Health Board. 2018 Local Council Members include:

  • David Eberle – Chair
  • Gene Dupuis
  • Dr. Bruce Berscheid
  • Chris Boychuk – St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation Board Chair
  • Karen Barber – St. Paul’s Hospital Executive Director

Karen Barber, St. Paul’s Hospital Executive Director

Karen Barber took on the role of St. Paul’s Hospital Executive Director in 2018.

Karen grew up in Saskatchewan, mainly on a farm in the Marcelin/Leask area and also in Saskatoon. She and her husband Dennis have been married for 37 years, and have two adult children. After convocating from the University of Saskatchewan, she accepted a position as Director of Physiotherapy, initially at Frank Eliason Centre and later at Parkridge Centre in Saskatoon.

While she obtained a Master’s Degree in Community Health and Epidemiology, she instructed a Professional Issues class at the School of Physical Therapy and became the founding Director of the Continuing Physical Therapy Education Program.

From there, she joined the Health Quality Council to co-lead a provincial quality improvement collaborative for Chronic Disease Management and soon after, accepted a position as Director of Quality Improvement.

She has served on the Board of Directors for local and national Associations and Foundations, and comes to St. Paul’s from her position as Executive Lead, Quality and Strategic Planning for Emmanuel Care. 

Emmanuel Health President and CEO

Jean Morrison officially assumed the responsibilities of Emmanuel Health Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the spring of 2018.

Ms. Morrison has over 25 years of experience in health care, having held diverse senior positions in the Saskatchewan healthcare system, including the position of President and CEO of St. Paul’s Hospital and Vice President of Performance Excellence and Chief Nursing Officer for the Saskatoon Health Region.  Ms. Morrison also serves on the Board of Directors for a number of provincial and national organizations.

With a degree in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, and both a Master's of Nursing and a Master's of Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Jean has also worked in a variety of roles and settings in the health system - as a special care aide in a long term care facility; as a registered nurse in a hospital in Saskatoon; as a public health nurse in rural Saskatchewan; and as a health administrator in Nunavut, rural Saskatchewan and Saskatoon.

Jean brings an in depth knowledge and appreciation for the unique shared governance and management partnership between St. Paul's Hospital and the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and a deep commitment to the contributions that faith-based healthcare brings to the provincial healthcare system.