13 November 2019

The Board of the Stichting Katholieke Universiteit has appointed Dr. Bertine Lahuis as Chair of the Executive Board of the Radboud university medical center from 1 January 2020. She succeeds Prof. Paul Smits, whose term of office will expire at that time.
 
Bertine Lahuis has been a member of the Executive Board of Radboud university medical center since December 2017, with the focus areas of patient care, quality of care, and patient safety.
 
Loek Hermans, Chair of the Board of the Stichting Katholieke Universiteit: “Over the past two years, Bertine Lahuis has shown herself to be a strong leader who has won great recognition, both inside as well as outside Radboud university medical center. Her appointment guarantees the continuation of the chosen course of Radboud university medical center.”
 
Bertine Lahuis says the following about her appointment: “It is an honor that Radboud university medical center puts their trust in me to fulfill the role of Chair. In the past two years, I have experienced the organization as being innovative, person-centered, and driven. The healthcare landscape will be very dynamic in the coming years; Radboud university medical center will make a significant contribution to society with its combination of care, education, and research. I look forward to - together with all employees - enabling Radboud university medical center to play a leading role in all networks in which we operate: regional, national, and international.”
 
Bertine Lahuis (1967) is a child psychiatrist and previously was the Chair of the Executive Board of Karakter, the expertise center for child and youth psychiatry in Gelderland and Overijssel. In 2016 she was elected Zorgmanager van het Jaar (care manager of the year). Bertine Lahuis studied Medicine at Utrecht University, where she also completed the Psychiatry program and she received her PhD in 2008.
 
Paul Smits took on the role of Chair of the Executive Board during the illness and after the death of Leon van Halder in March 2019. The board of the Stichting Katholieke Universiteit is very grateful for his commitment.
 
From 1 January 2020, the Executive Board will consist of Dr. Bertine Lahuis (Chair), Professor Jan Smit (Dean/Vice Chair), and Cees Buren MBA RC (CFO). Recruitment to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Bertine Lahuis will be started as soon as possible. The procedure for the succession of Cees Buren from 1 April 2020 is ongoing.
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