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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.



June 13, 2018 – Although expected to be open in time for the busy summer season at Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH), the final phase of construction on the Emergency department (ED) construction is delayed. The hospital expected its ED redevelopment to be complete this month, but is now working on timelines for later this summer.

One of the significant construction delays has been sourcing some materials for Phase 3 to be consistent with those used in the previous two construction phases (completed in 2014 and 2017). With many moving parts in any construction project, GBGH now aims to take possession of the new See & Treat and waiting room area in late July, taking a few weeks to equip and train staff in the space with an anticipated opening in mid-August. The ED administration area and grand opening is not expected to be complete until September.

“This final phase continues to be very challenging, especially going into our busy summer season,” says Lorraine Harker, ED manager, GBGH. “It’s quite common on an average day in the off season we will see approximately 110 visits to our ED. In the summer, our daily average is around 140 and on a long weekend, it’s not uncommon for us to peak as high as 160 to 180 visits per day. This can be very challenging at the best of times, let alone when we are under construction in vital areas of our department.”

This final phase, which began in December 2017, has caused the closure of the main waiting room, the See & Treat area, main hallway from Diagnostic Imaging/main entrance to the ED and the department’s administration areas. Over the winter, measures such as a temporary waiting rooms were set-up elsewhere in the department. A temporary See & Treat area was established, but given its smaller size, it’s difficult to meet the demand. More than 60 per cent of ED patients are directed to the See & Treat area.

Even though GBGH has recently gained some room back, the hospital’s ED space is still very limited. GBGH asks patients for their cooperation and understanding during the remainder of the redevelopment.

“This is obviously not an ideal scenario going into our summer season when the population in our area grows from 55,000 to 200,000 people,” says Gail Hunt, president and CEO, GBGH. “Our ED team will continue to do their best to meet the growing demand the hospital will see in the coming months. With every summer season, we always hope cottagers and tourists don’t need us, but if they do, we are certainly here for them.”

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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.