Former senior bureaucrat Gail Paech resurfaces at OLTCA

Inside Queen’s Park reports that Gail Paech has been named interim CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association.

Paech is well-known in Queen’s Park circles.

She was at the center of controversy in 2009 when it was learned the McGuinty government was hiding the salaries of senior bureaucrats in hospital budgets.

The former CEO of Toronto East General Hospital, Paech was serving as associate deputy minister of economic development and trade but drawing her $291,997 salary from the University Health Network. The recommended maximum for an ADM was $188,950 at the time.

Paech was also Health Results Team Lead for System Integration. She developed the strategic policy framework to support the government’s decision to create the Local Health Integration Networks.

During the e-Health scandal Paech was described by the Toronto Star as being “influential in the program.” In fact, while Sara Kramer took the fall, Paech was in fact the program lead for e-Health. At the time she told the Star it was “not my practice” to award any untendered contracts.

The Ontario Long Term Care Association claims to represent the “full mix of long term care providers”, although it is considered by many to be the primary organizational voice of for-profit nursing homes. It claims to have 430 institutional members. This organization is separate from the Ontario Association for Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors.

There is no indication of what Paech’s salary will be.

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