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2012-05-11

President and CEO Report Highlights - May 10, 2012

The following are highlights from the President and CEO’s monthly report to the Grey Bruce Health Services Board of Directors. This month’s meeting was at the Wiarton hospital.

National Nursing Week 2012
• May 7-13 is Nursing Week, and the Nursing Week Planning Committee organized a number of initiatives to recognize and celebrate the 645 dedicated nurses who work for GBHS.

• Events included teas at each of our six hospitals for nursing staff, a dinner sponsored by the Ontario Nurse’s Association, and a hike organized by the Registered Nurse’s Association of Ontario.

• In celebration of Nursing Week, GBHS and the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation accepted a $10,000 donation from RBC Royal Bank for training and educational opportunities for nurses.

• RBC also awarded GBHS Wiarton hospital nurses with a Nursing Excellence Award for outstanding team achievement. The nurses will be given $500 to pursue training opportunities. The nurses on the Medical-Surgical Unit at the Wiarton hospital won the award for the work they have done supporting chronically ventilated patients.

• The Wiarton team worked with staff from the Intensive Care Unit at the Owen Sound hospital to transition ventilated patients to Wiarton. One of those patients spent many months in Wiarton so he could be closer to his family, and received great care from the Wiarton team.

Hospitals Collaborate to Expand Use of Electronic Medical Records

• GBHS is leading a project with two Toronto hospitals to expand the use of electronic medical records in ambulatory care clinics. GBHS, together with North York General and Toronto East General hospitals, received funding from Canada Health Infoway to collaborate on this joint initiative.

• Each hospital will select one or more ambulatory care service and develop standardized modules for electronically entering patient information, scheduling appointments, ordering tests, and other common processes.

• The development, testing and implementation of the modules will take up to 28 months, and once complete, the hospitals will share the modules they have developed with the other sites. This collaborative approach allows each hospital to save time and resources without duplicating their efforts.

• Expanding the use of electronic medical records to more areas of the hospitals will give real time access to patient records across a range disciplines. The end result is that the health care provider will have a better and more easily accessible overall picture of the patients’ health, and the patient will get faster, more seamless care.

Releasing Time to Care

• Members of the Board of Directors were taken on a tour of nursing units in Wiarton to observe aspects of the Releasing Time to Care program. This program is aimed at releasing nursing time from non-bedside work to free up more time for direct patient care. The program started late last year in the nursing units in both Wiarton and Meaford.
• Developed in England, this program has also been implemented in Saskatchewan and some other Ontario hospitals.
• Nurses started by assessing their work flow processes, measuring the performance of their units, tracking interruptions and determining redundancies. The next step (Well Organized Ward) focused on ensuring everything in the ward was in the right place, at the right time, and ready to go. Minimizing the time it takes to retrieve supplies and materials allows more time to be with the patient.
• The program is aimed at improving patient satisfaction as well as increasing satisfaction with the working environment for nursing staff.

Program Manager Hired in Southampton hospital

• As of today, Donna Chappelle has accepted the position of Program Manager, Southampton. Donna has been filling this role on an interim basis since February 3rd and has done an exceptional job.
• Donna has worked at the Southampton hospital as a Registered Nurse, Operating Room Team Leader and Emergency Room Team Leader, and has 28 years of experience as a nurse.
• Interviews for the same position of Program Manager in the Markdale hospital are now underway, and we hope to have this position filled shortly.


For more information about any of the above items, please contact:
Mary Margaret Crapper, Director, Communications & Public Relations
519-376-2121 ext. 2806 or cell 519-376-5305


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