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Passing Dr. J. Ken Milne

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. J. Ken Milne on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, with his family at his side, after a long illness. 

Dr. Milne was not only a giant of obstetrics and gynaecology in Canada, he was also a leader who elevated the SOGC to a new level. He served for nine years as Associate Executive Vice President of the SOGC and was the Society’s 49th President from 1992-1993.

Dr. Milne completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario and obtained his fellowship in obstetrics and gynaecology from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He practiced for 29 years in London, Ontario. During this time he held the position of the Chief of the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St. Joseph's Health Care and the London Health Sciences Centre. He also served as Chair of the University of Western Ontario's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

During his presidency at the SOGC, Dr. Milne implemented a new model for patient education and produced a four-part labour video series that was distributed throughout Canada. He was part of an ad hoc committee that established a three-stage standard in advanced endoscopic surgery that created national training and practice standards. During his tenure he also enhanced the SOGC’s profile with the federal government, and laid a strong foundation for the SOGC to further influence health care legislation and the SOGC’s leadership role in sexual and reproductive health for women.

Perhaps one of his biggest achievements was as Executive Vice President of the Patient Safety Division of the SOGC, where Dr. Milne developed the ground-breaking MOREOB Program (Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently) and launched it as a successful pilot in 2002, garnering international attention.

By 2007 the SOGC approached the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) to expand the reach of MOREOB geographically to create the entity, “Salus Global Corporation (Salus Global)”, in July of that year. Dr. Milne served as Salus Global’s CEO and visionary leader from 2007-2012.

The MOREOB Program is now implemented in over 300 maternity hospitals in Canada and the United States and has trained about 16,000 health care professionals. Eighty per cent of all babies delivered in Canada each year are at hospitals where staff is trained in MOREOB. The program has resulted in a significant reduction of adverse events as well as a measurable reduction in insurance costs and claims.

In 2012 Dr. Milne received The Governor General of Canada Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for his extraordinary contributions to women’s health and improving safer patient care.

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