HALIFAX – The top executive of Atlantic Canada’s biggest children’s hospital is stepping down amid an expenses controversy.
Karen Hutt, chairwoman of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, says chief executive officer Tracy Kitch left the organization for personal reasons to “pursue other opportunities.”
Dr. Krista Jangaard, vice-president of medicine and academic affairs, will become interim CEO.
In a message sent to IWK employees late Wednesday, Hutt and Jangaard say a committee is conducting an independent review of the IWK’s financial policies and processes and will be wrapping up its work within the next week.
Hutt told The Canadian Press Thursday the committee is looking at Kitch’s use of her corporate credit card.
The outgoing CEO came under fire two months ago after CBC News reported she had used a corporate credit card to pay for thousands of dollars in personal expenses.
Hutt and Jangaard say the results of the review, and its recommendations, will be shared with staff.