New faces and new manager on project team

Some new faces have joined the project team in the last few months - and one long-term team member has been promoted!

New Faces

Natou Kurtz, Clinical Lead

Natou Kurtz joined the MMH project team in the position of Clinical Lead at the start of 2022. Natou has been working at Mills Memorial Hospital as a Biomedical Engineering Technologist for 17 years. He will utilize his advanced expertise and knowledge of the current site and its operations to advise the design and construction of the new site. Natou was born in Hazelton and has lived most of his life in Terrace. When he is not at work, you can find enjoying nature’s playground in the beautiful Northwest - skiing, ocean kayaking and much more.

Madison McCann, Project Coordinator

Madison McCann joined the project team in the spring of 2021 when Project Coordinator Emily Reierson went on maternity leave. Madison supports the project in many ways. Part of her duties include liaising with internal and external partners on ongoing activities; communicating project processes and updates to multiple groups; and providing documentation and direction to address questions or concerns. Outside of work, Madison enjoys keeping her hands busy with creative projects, as well as spending time outdoors.

Mark Hendricks, Communications Lead

Mark Hendricks replaced Andrea Palmer as the Communications Lead for Capital Projects at Northern Health in March 2021. Based in Prince George, he supports communications and engagement activities for all capital projects across the region, including the Mills Memorial Hospital Replacement project.

Sarah Artis, Project Liaison

Sarah Artis started in her role of Project Liaison in September 2020. She is responsible for all strategic communications and public engagement activities related to the project. Sarah is embedded in the community of Terrace, having lived here for 15 years, and aims to use her community connections for the betterment of the project. Previous to working at Northern Health, Sarah ran her own communications company. She also loves all things outdoors and feels forever grateful for Northern BC’s beautiful people, quiet spaces, and endless adventures.

New Project Manager

Shirley Nichol has been working on the Mills Memorial Hospital Replacement Project since 2013, most recently as the Clinical Lead. Shirley was promoted to the position of Project Manager in November 2021. Shirley is utilizing her 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and 7 years of operational leadership to advise the design and construction of the new hospital. Shirley has lived in Terrace for 25 years, and when she is not at work, you can find her outside – enjoying all of the beauty the Northwest has to offer.

Continuing to Work Hard

To meet the rest of the team, go to Meet the Team.

  • Project Director - Paul Rudecki
  • Operational Lead - Chris Simms
  • Design & Construction Lead - Peter Sickert
  • Facilities Maintenance Lead - George Desjardins
  • Information Management Information Technology Lead - Nathan Riley
  • Equipment/Procurement Lead - Bonnie Tapanila
  • Finance Lead - Deb Taylor

Cover photo: MMH project team members Paul Rudecki, Shirley Nichol, Madison McCann, George Desjardins, and Nathan Riley.

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