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Receiving the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) inaugural Award for Good Governance on behalf of Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) and Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) are (from left) Al Scott, vice chair, OSMH Board of Directors; Pat Campbell, president and CEO, OSMH; Bob Morton, past chair, NSM LHIN; Ralph Befort, past chair, GBGH Board of Directors; Gail Hunt, president and CEO, GBGH; and Bernie Uhlich, chair of the Governance Committee, GBGH Board of Directors.

July 12, 2018 – This spring, the Board of Directors for both Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) and Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) were awarded the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network’s (LHIN) inaugural Award for Good Governance. The LHIN’s Board of Directors made the selection based on a nomination recognizing the work of both hospitals in developing the framework for their Birthing Partnership.

The nomination specifically highlighted how the statement of principles led to the establishment of the Joint Birthing Program and how the foresight of the OSMH and GBGH Boards in establishing this governance framework has assisted both organizations in successfully operationalizing this initiative.

“This award was a great honour to receive given the investment both organizations have made in establishing this partnership,” says Patrick McNamara, chair, GBGH Board of Directors. “The Statement of Principles between GBGH and OSMH has helped us ensure the provision of quality birthing services for women in our communities.”

The NSM LHIN Board of Directors recognizes how the collaboration and innovation involved in this birthing partnership improves the patient experience and care, and aligns with the Patients First mandate to improve access to services and deliver integrated care. Through the Joint Birthing Partnership, patients have access to high quality care and the reassurance the birthing and gynecological services they need are available close to home. Through the program, GBGH provides services for low-risk births while OSMH provides care for higher-risk mothers and babies.

“The most successful hospital partnerships are those that benefit patients and their families,” said Dan Germain, OSMH Board Chair. “We’re happy to be making a positive difference in the lives of patients we serve.”

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Contact:

Jennifer Moore
Communications Officer, GBGH
705-526-1300 ext 5177
moorejen@gbgh.on.ca

Terry Dyni
Director of Community Relations, OSMH
(705) 327-9179
tadyni@osmh.on.ca

About GBGH:
Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) is a 105-bed acute care community hospital located in Midland, Ontario. The hospital offers emergency, ambulatory, acute, intensive and complex continuing care, as well as imaging, dialysis, obstetrical and rehabilitation services. GBGH serves the areas of Midland, Penetanguishene, Christian Island as well as Tay, Tiny, Springwater and Georgian Bay Townships.

About OSMH:
Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario (just 114 kilometres north of Toronto) and serves more than 440,000 residents in North Simcoe Muskoka. OSMH provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including medical, surgical and emergency care, dialysis, obstetrical and paediatric care, mental health and rehabilitation services. For more information please visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.



June 29, 2018 – Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Report to Our Community – on June 28. In the AGM presentation, led by GBGH Board of Directors chair Dr. Patrick McNamara, the hospital made several announcements including launching its new strategic plan and new website.

After significant development and engagement, GBGH’s Strategic Plan 2018-2023 has launched including a new Mission (“Improving the health of the communities we serve”) and Values (Respect, Accountability, Excellence, Compassion). The hospital has also named three strategic themes under which it will align its efforts – Quality & Safety, Accountability & Sustainability and Engagement & Inclusiveness.

“Although we have made some significant changes in our strategic directions with this plan, we chose to remain with the hospital’s existing vision of Exceptional Care, Every Person, Every Time,” says Gail Hunt, president and CEO, GBGH. “This vision is as relevant as ever and will still serve as a guiding principle for the next five years. Although challenging to sum it up in only one statement, our new plan is all about focusing on our people, patients, partners and community while ensuring safety, growing to meet community needs and responsibly managing our resources.”

GBGH has also launched its new website in English and French. The new sites are more user-friendly with easier navigation based on analytics about most frequently visited pages on the site.

The new sites are also mobile compatible and fully accessible with text contrasting, text size changes and image descriptions.

Other highlights from the hospital’s year included the completion of phase two in the Emergency department redevelopment, the growth of GBGH’s joint birthing partnership with Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, achieving its partial French Language Services designation and continued phase two planning for the relocation of 20 mental health beds from Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care as part of the regional program.

After being elected in April to the role of GBGH Board of Directors chair on an interim basis covering the early departure of Rick Philbin, Dr. McNamara was once again elected at the AGM – this time for a full one-year term.

“I’m very pleased and honoured to continue as the chair of GBGH’s Board of Directors,” says Dr. McNamara. “With the new plan in place and a new team to implement the strategy, I’m highly optimistic about this hospital’s future. There is positive progress ahead for GBGH and I will be fortunate to play a small role in that change.”

Jane Millar has been re-elected as Vice Chair and the GBGH Board of Directors also welcomed two new members – Kristen Monague and Tim Kastelic. Monague is the Acting Lands Manager for Beausoleil First Nation with experience and education in indigenous peoples resources management. Kastelic has had a long career in the marketing and financial industry, and previously served on the hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

GBGH’s Annual Report, entitled Checking Our Pulse, was also released on June 28. It can be found on the GBGH website at http://gbgh.on.ca/about-us/our-strategic-plan/

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Contact:

Jennifer Moore
Communications Officer, GBGH
705-526-1300 ext 5177
MooreJen@gbgh.on.ca

About GBGH:

Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) is a 105-bed acute care community hospital located in Midland, Ontario. The hospital offers emergency, ambulatory, acute, intensive and complex continuing care, as well as imaging, dialysis, obstetrical and rehabilitation services. GBGH serves the areas of Midland, Penetanguishene, Christian Island as well as Tay, Tiny, Springwater and Georgian Bay Townships.