The most precious patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are receiving leading-edge care thanks to donors to the Health Sciences Foundation. Grants totaling $180,000 provided new isolettes to regulate body temperature, a safer shuttle to transport newborns in incubators, and equipment to provide breathing assistance for newborns with respiratory issues.
I was honoured, following the June Annual General Meeting, to become the 11th Chair of the Board of Directors for Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Our Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated volunteers from the community, committed to ensuring our Hospital provides safe, quality Patient and Family Centred Care. I look forward to providing our community with regular reports of our progress.
I take this opportunity to welcome to the Board new director Nathalie Coppala. Ms. Coppala’s experience in human resources will complement our Board skills set in this very important area. This will support our Board of Directors efforts to be highly effective, which was noticed by Accreditation Canada.
Following their May on-site visit, Accreditation Canada surveyors specifically highlighted the high level of engagement and performance of the Board. The surveyors also emphasized that quality and patient safety are at the forefront of the Board’s decision making, and a sound ethical framework guides all major governance decisions. The Board’s close collaboration with the leadership team to hold them accountable to our Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Directions was also mentioned. The Accreditation Canada surveyors recommended that we formalize a Board Chair election process. The Governance Committee of the Board will oversee the drafting of that process.
Following the survey, the Hospital was given an Accreditation with commendation award, a score that is a testament to the dedication of Hospital staff. On September 17, Board members Nathalie Coppala, John Friday, Anita Jean, Dick Mannisto, and Gary Whitney looked after an Accreditation celebration booth at the Hospital; they provided coffee to staff as a gesture of appreciation for their contributions.
It is in that spirit that, in November, the Hospital’s Board members will join those of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute to participate in a joint governance retreat. The retreat will be facilitated by Dr. Richard Leblanc, a professor of governance, law, and ethics at York University. Dr. Leblanc will facilitate a governance effectiveness review. He will guide discussions and decisions regarding the governance structure of our Health Research Institute. I anticipate an insightful and productive session that supports our commitment to effective and efficient governance, and look forward to sharing results in a future report.
I look forward to a productive and meaningful year serving with our dedicated Board. Our focus is on achieving the Hospital’s Mission to provide a quality patient experience in an academic health care environment that is responsive to the needs of the population of Northwestern Ontario.