Health PEI has named Phyllis Horne the new chair of the board effective immediately.

Horne has served on the Health PEI board for the last three years.

She replaces outgoing chair, Dr. Donna Murnaghan, who moved to a new job as dean of nursing at Thompson River University in B.C.

Horne was the president of the Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation between 2007 and 2009.

The appointment means there is now a vacancy on Health PEI's board.