On April 1, 2015, Nova Scotia will launch a new health system structure to create a foundation for better health care.

Under this new structure, the nine current district health authorities will be consolidated into one unified provincial authority, which will work with the IWK Health Centre.

The creation of the new Nova Scotia Health Authority will allow the health system to work together in a way that will achieve excellence in health, healing and learning. The change will result in enhanced patient care and safety and more timely and consistent access to care. Ultimately, it will allow us to be more connected in the sharing of expertise, experience and resources.

The new structure will build on the strength of local leadership teams in four zones: Western Nova Scotia, Eastern Nova Scotia, Northern Nova Scotia and Central Nova Scotia. In addition, Community Health Boards will continue on with an enhanced role.