Meet the Change Makers’ Series


Hosted by KGH Foundation Chair, Darrell Porubanec.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm | Lecture Theatre, Clinical Academic Campus, KGH (2312 Pandosy Street)

Parking is available at the adjacent Rose Ave. Parkade

Please RSVP to Alisa Rampone by October 12, 2021

250-862-4300 x 4876

Please note that proof of vaccination will be required to attend as per the Provincial Health Officer
order. Masks will be required to help ensure the safety of our guests.

Meet two top leaders at Kelowna General Hospital who are ambitiously taking on some of the biggest challenges in regional acute care. Join KGH Chief of Staff, Dr. Jeremy Harris and Executive Director, Clinical Operations, Jaymi Chernoff for an exclusive conversation.

Dr. Jeremy Harris


Dr. Jeremy Harris was born and raised in New Brunswick before completing his business degree at Western University in 1993. After working for several years, he decided to pursue a career in medicine and subsequently finished his medical school training at Western in 2002. He completed residency training in General Surgery followed by a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Western and Arizona Heart Hospital.

After working in London for several years, he and his family relocated to Kelowna in 2013. He continues to thoroughly enjoy his active clinical practice and the responsibilities of Vascular Surgery Division Head. After several years of involvement with the KGH Physicians Society/MSA, Dr. Harris recently became the Kelowna General Hospital Chief of Staff.

Dr. Harris and his wife, Teresa, have always enjoyed spending time with their four kids (Owen, Jacob, Eli, and Francesca). As a family, they continue to love all that the Okanagan has to offer – golfing, skiing, and running to name a few.

Dr. Harris stubbornly holds out hope to return to marathon running, see the Toronto Maple Leafs return to glory, and join the elusive Harris family “hole-in-one club”.

Jaymi Chernoff


Jaymi Chernoff accepted the role of Executive Director, Clinical Operations for Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) on March 12, 2019, days before a state of emergency was declared in the Province of BC as a result of the emerging global pandemic. Responsible for the planning, delivery, and evaluation of clinical services at both KGH and the Interior Health (IH) service area, Jaymi’s leadership has proven vital over the past two years in ensuring all aspects of hospital flow, logistics, scheduling, and capacity are coordinated to best serve the needs of regional patients.

Jaymi spent nine years as a Registered Nurse and worked as a Nurse Clinician at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, AB, and Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. Jaymi has expanded her nursing administrative specialty to include roles as Trauma Nurse Coordinator, Regional TIA Rapid Access Coordinator, and the Director of Critical Care & On-Call Physician Specialty Services for IH. In 2010, Jaymi moved to Kelowna with her family, and in 2015, she assumed the lead for the Interior Health Cardiac Services team as Program Director.

Committed to building excellence in patient care for all who call the southern interior home, Jaymi is an appointee on the KGH Foundation Board of Directors and has worked directly with donors and the community to amplify health care fundraising initiatives in support of the region’s areas of greatest need.