A new image guidance system is helping surgeons pinpoint locations in the body with precise accuracy for procedures such as pinpointing a brain tumour of finding an exact insertion spot of a spinal screw thanks to a $230,000 grant from the Health Sciences Foundation. This level of precision means less damage to healthy tissue during surgery resulting in better outcomes, reduced pain and shorter recovery times for patients.
As part of the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Accountability Act Ontario hospitals must publicly post information about expense claims made by hospital executives and Board Members.
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre embraces this requirement. It is a reasonable way to promote public confidence in our management of taxpayer money, and is consistent with policies that apply to senior leaders in government and other broader public sector organizations.
Hospitals, like many other complex businesses, may have executives who incur business-related expenses from time to time that are permissible and should be reimbursed.
Business-related expenses identified by the government for public reporting typically fall under three categories: 1) meals, 2) travel, and 3) hospitality.
The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has a well-developed policy related to business-related expenses incurred by our staff.
Ontario’s hospitals operate in one of the most demanding health care accountability systems in all of Canada. Virtually every aspect of hospitals’ performance is regularly subject to external, independent scrutiny.
In fact, hospitals have initiated or played a key role in shaping most of their stringent accountability measures. Some of Ontario transparency efforts include:
Types of expenses disclosed: Disclosures include travel, accommodation, meals, hospitality and other travel incidentals. Course or conference registration fees and expenses related to other education materials are not included in these reports. Expense amounts include the non-refundable portion of HST.”Expense amounts include the non-refundable portion of HST.
The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is required to post expense claim information where the expenses are reimbursed by the hospital using public funds. Expenses reimbursed by another organization are excluded from the hospital’s disclosure.
Designated Individuals: This includes members of the Board of Directors, Chief of Staff, President & CEO and members of the hospital’s senior executive group who report directly to the President & CEO.
Expense information will be posted on a semi-annual basis for a period of two years from the posting date, beginning in the 2011/12 fiscal year. The reporting period reflects when the expense were paid.
Reporting period April 1 to September 30 posted by November 30
Reporting period October 1 to March 31 posted by May 31