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President and CEO Highlights - June 21, 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 Owen Sound hospital.

Year End Financial Results
• GBHS ended the fiscal year with a $1.5 million surplus.
• A new funding formula has been introduced by the provincial government for this fiscal year.
• Hospitals are not expected to receive their final funding letters for 2012/13 until July.
• The impacts of the new formula on GBHS will not be fully understood until the funding letters are received.

New Vice President of Clinical Services Hired
• We have successfully recruited a new VP of Clinical Services, Chief Nursing Executive.
• Julia Scott will be joining the senior team on August 20th.
• Julia is currently the VP of Clinical Services at Markham Stouffville Hospital.
• She has a lengthy career as an administrator and a consultant, and is an experienced clinical leader with a strong focus on the work of nurses at the front line of care.
• Linda MacLeod has been in the acting position since December, and has agreed to stay until Labour Day to provide a smooth transition between her role as Interim VP and Julia’s new role.
• We are extremely appreciative of Linda’s contribution to GBHS for the last several months. She was an asset to the organization, and her support and dedication to the staff and to patients will be missed.

Recognition Award Evening
• On June 7th GBHS held its annual event to recognize achievement in educational advancement, team quality awards and years of service. Over 100 staff and physicians were on hand to be recognized by family members and colleagues.
• This year’s team quality award was presented to a multidisciplinary group focused on assessment and rapid intervention to prevent or reduce symptoms of delirium in patients. They were one of eight teams nominated for this year’s award.
• Staff were recognized for between 10 and 40 years of service.
• The average length of employment at GBHS is 15 years.

Government of Ontario – Volunteer Service Awards
• Each year the provincial government hosts volunteer service award events around the province for dedicated individuals who have volunteered for five or more years.
• This year 16 of our volunteers from across all six GBHS sites were presented with the province’s Volunteer Service Award in Owen Sound on June 15th.
• Volunteers from organizations throughout Grey, Bruce and Huron counties were in attendance.
• GBHS has approximately 750 volunteers at our six sites who are always ready to lend a hand to our patients and families.

Annual Report to the Community, June 27
• Grey Bruce Health Services is hosting its Annual Report to the Community with guest presentations on head injuries and concussions.
• Learn how brain injuries are diagnosed, and hear first-hand the impacts of a concussion on a professional athlete’s life.

The event details:
o Date: June 27, 2012
o Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
o Place: St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 554 15th Street East, Owen Sound

• President & CEO Maureen Solecki will provide an update on GBHS, activities and achievements over the past fiscal year. Both the Chair of the Board of Directors, Brian Davenport, and Chief of Staff, Dr. Bob Severs, will provide brief remarks.
• Special guests include Owen Sound Attack team physician, Dr. Cam Tweedie, who will discuss on-ice diagnosis of head injuries; what happens next, and determining when it’s safe to return to the game,
• Chris Minard, a professional hockey player who has played with both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers organizations, will talk about his personal experience with concussions.
• The keynote speaker is a consultant to the Canadian Hockey League, Neuropsychologist Dr. Michael Czarnota, who will discuss head injury identification and awareness; new ways to manage an injury; and what local youth sports teams can learn from the NHL/OHL approach to head injuries.

For more information contact Director of Communications and Public Relations:
Mary Margaret Crapper, 519-376-2121 ext. 2806 or cell 519-376-5305

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