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June 28, 2019 – Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) held its June Board of Directors meeting June 27, during which the chair, vice chair were determined and new Board members were welcomed. Dr. Patrick McNamara will remain as chair, while Tim Kastelic takes on the vice chair role.

“I’m very pleased to continue as the chair of GBGH’s Board of Directors,” says Dr. McNamara. “The hospital has made great progress over the past year, with some exciting developments toward improving the care GBGH provides our patients. The hospital still faces some challenges and I look forward to working toward a resolution which works for both the hospital and the community.”

GBGH’s Board also welcomed two new members – Britt McKerrow and Jerry Van Dyk. McKerrow comes to the Board with extensive experience in the financial industry, having spent the past 25 years in both personal and commercial banking. McKerrow is already an active member of the community, having dedicated her time and expertise to Rotary Club of Midland, Life4Kids Canada, Midland Minor Hockey Association and the Georgian Bay Tall Ships Festival.

Jerry Van Dyk joins the GBGH Board of Directors having worked in Finance for Franke Kindred since 2000, most recently as chief financial officer for Franke Kitchen Systems North America. Now retired, Van Dyk is a certified general accountant and has been involved in community organizations including Rotary Club of Midland. He is also a member of the Tay Township Audit Committee.

On June 20, GBGH’s Annual Community Update was also released and can be found on the hospital’s English and French websites (under About GBGH) – www.gbgh.on.ca and www.gbgh.on.ca/fr/.

Highlights reported in the Community Update included the hospital’s financial statements for 2018-2019 and statistics about the hospital’s volumes.

Other highlights from GBGH’s past year included the opening of the third and final phase of the Emergency department redevelopment and the new CT scanner which has reduced wait times from 20 days to 10 days. GBGH also launched its new strategic plan in June 2018, as well as new websites in English and French.

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Contact:

Jennifer Moore

Communications Officer, GBGH

705-526-1300 ext 5177

moorejen@gbgh.on.ca



May 22, 2019 – An outbreak of influenza A on the 1 North Complex Continuing Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Unit at Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) has been declared over, in consultation with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. GBGH met the criteria for the outbreak to end based on the hospital remaining without additional cases for eight days, measured from the last patient case on May 14.

“Our team took quick action to prevent the spread of the flu from the two confirmed cases to other patients on 1 North and throughout the building,” says Dawn Major, chief performance officer, GBGH. “This had a significant impact on reducing the spread of infection. Our outbreak management team was very diligent in ensuring infection prevention and control practices were followed so we could reduce the length of the outbreak, therefore reducing the risk to other patients on the unit.”

In quick response to the two lab-confirmed cases, the hospital immediately implemented enhanced infection prevention and control measures including increased housekeeping, use of personal protective equipment, and meticulous hand hygiene practices. Visitation instructions for 1 North have now been removed.

“We know there is still flu circulating in the community, even though it may seem late in the season,” says Janine Duquette, infection prevention and control practitioner, GBGH. “As part of our standard practice for visitation, we always ask that people do not visit patients if they are unwell and/or experiencing flu-like symptoms.”

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 Contact:

Jennifer Moore

Communications Officer, GBGH

705-526-1300 ext 5177

moorejen@gbgh.on.ca