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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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.
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.