Board Chair’s Monthly Message

Report from Gord Wickham
Chair, Board of Directors
June, 2023

Gord Wickham Head Shot

There is certainly a feeling of renewal and energy in the air these days at TBRHSC. Perhaps it’s the warmer weather. Perhaps it is the fact that after three years of dealing with COVID-19, there is some sense of normalcy beginning to return. Most likely, it’s a combination of the two. Regardless, it is refreshing and welcomed.

On May 12th and 13th, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s Board of Directors participated in a Tri-Board retreat with the Boards of Directors of the Health Research Institute and the Health Sciences Foundation. The three organizations are engaged in a common purpose: to provide quality care for patients and their families. I felt the collective commitment and energy as we discussed opportunities to progress collaboratively, identified unique challenges and were able to connect on our current priorities. I am excited about our next steps as we build on the momentum and energy as a result of meeting in person.

On May 11th, our friends at the Health Sciences Foundation held a Chair’s Reception to recognize the many donors in our community and thank them for their generous contributions to strengthening patient care at our Hospital. The event was inspiring and the unwavering support and dedication of donors during these challenging times has been truly remarkable. It is because of these donations that we can continue to fund advancements in high quality health care close to home. The contributions of donors have made a significant difference in the lives of those who rely on Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, and furthers our mission to deliver exceptional care for every patient, every time.

As we know, nurses make up the largest group of employees at our Hospital and National Nursing Week provided an opportunity to recognize their clinical excellence, versatility, and their ability to care for patients with compassion and professionalism. National Nursing Week (May 8-14) annually falls during the second week of May, coinciding with Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12th, in recognition of the dedication and achievements of nursing professionals. We are thankful for our nurses for their incredible contributions to positive patient outcomes. A big thank you also goes out to the many local sponsors, community members and Hospital staff who helped to make this year’s edition of National Nursing Week a memorable one.

The past few months have been extremely busy as many people are back to moving full force with projects and activities. Over the past few weeks, I am pleased that we have had opportunity to welcome many of our elected officials to our organization. The importance of these visits cannot be understated and we are grateful for their time and the opportunity to highlight our unique population needs, and the challenges we face in providing care to support the vast majority of our region. We look forward to hosting many more of these tours and visits to further advocate for our community.

As this is my final monthly report prior to the summer break, I wish to add a final note of appreciation. I feel truly fortunate to work with the strong and effective administration at our Hospital. President & CEO, Dr. Rhonda Crocker Ellacott and Chief of Staff, Dr. Bradley Jacobson, provide excellent leadership in their respective roles. As Board members, we hear often about the change in culture occurring at the Hospital, and the positive impact it has on staff and patients. A cultural shift starts at the top and could not occur without their leadership.

Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Board members for another year of stellar service during difficult times. Your expertise has been invaluable and I’d like to thank each and every one of you for the countless hours you have dedicated to the organization. I wish everyone a safe and happy summer.

Gord Wickham
Chair, TBRHSC Board of Directors