Patients with mobility issues can now exercise their arms, wrists and shoulders while in bed instead of having to be moved to the gym in the Physiotherapy Department. A new, mobile arm ergometer unit, purchased through a Volunteer Association/Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE grant, is easily transported to a patient’s bedside for required cardiovascular strengthening and conditioning, increasing accessibility for these patients.
I am elated by comments made by the team of surveyors from Accreditation Canada during their recent site visit. They specifically discussed the high level of engagement of the Board of Directors at our Hospital. Our Board is comprised of dedicated and involved volunteers who contribute not only at Board meetings, but also at various committees. Their passion, initiative and expertise serves our Hospital well, and has impressed the surveyors. I thank my fellow Board members for making the care of others a priority.
I am also grateful to those who choose to guide our Hospital’s strategic progress as members of our 5 Partners in Health. This includes the Policy Makers, Health Care Managers, Health Care Providers and representatives of Academic Institutions and the communities we serve. This group participated in the development of our Strategic Plan 2020, and provides annual input on our progress. On June 6, the 5 Partners will gather again to learn about the status of our Strategic Plan implementation, and provide feedback to ensure our initiatives are on track and relevant. Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre belongs to the community it serves, and engaging the 5 Partners ensures the priorities of the community and the Hospital are aligned. I look forward to a productive session.
There is opportunity for all community members to hear about our Hospital’s activities and achievements. On June 21, our Hospital and its research arm, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute, will host annual general meetings, including a keynote presentation by Lee Fairclough, Vice President, Quality Improvement at Health Quality Ontario. Lee will present “Building a Quality-Driven Culture”, with a focus on provincial developments in this area, what steps can be taken to support transformation, and how Quality enhances patient experiences and outcomes.
Quality is critical to the provision of safe care. This keynote address is a particularly valuable opportunity for health care providers, administrators and Board members to hear from and engage with a Quality expert. I invite anyone interested to attend any or all of the following activities on June 21 in the Hospital’s Auditorium.
3:00 – 3:30 pm: Hospital Annual General Meeting
3:45 – 5:15 pm: Keynote speaker Lee Fairclough
5:30 – 6:00 pm: Health Research Institute Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting will be my final meeting as Chair of the Board of Directors. I cannot adequately express my appreciation to the many people who have provided support, encouragement, guidance and hard work during the course of my terms as a Board member and Chair. I am proud of all that we have accomplished together, and leave my role with every confidence that the Board of Directors will continue to serve the community by delivering on the Hospital’s Vision; Healthy Together.