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Highlights from 2022  Annual General Meeting
Robert McKenzie
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Highlights from 2022 Annual General Meeting

Sault Area Hospital

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  June 27, 2022 (LSNews)  Sault Area Hospital (SAH) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 27, 2022. The AGM focused on the many successes over the last year, as well as the challenges faced and expectations for the future. 

Three new Board members were elected to the SAH Board. We welcome David Orazietti, Theresa Cassan and Lori Bertrand. We thank our outgoing board members, Mario Turco, and Kevin Rusnell, for their contributions and service. For 2021-2022, Brent Rankin will serve as Chair, Lisa Bell Murray as Vice Chair and Ila Watson as Secretary.

The AGM was highlighted by the annual presentation of the SAH iCcare Awards, established by the SAH Board in 2011. These awards acknowledge an employee, volunteer and physician who consistently demonstrate the values of SAH – Integrity, Compassion, Collaboration and Partnership, Accountability, Respect and Excellence. The 2022 recipients were Cory Vial (employee), Louis Ferron (volunteer) and Dr. Lucas Castellani (physician).

The meeting concluded with the much-anticipated presentation of the prestigious Dr. William Hutchinson Award. Presented annually by the SAH Board of Directors, this award recognizes distinguished contributions to health care in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma. The 2022 recipient was Dr. Robert Maloney.      

SAH congratulates all award recipients for their dedicated service to the residents of Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma region.

Dr. Robert Maloney was accepted into Medicine at McMaster University after two years of Undergraduate Studies and received a general license after a rotating internship. He then worked in the Huntsville Emergency Department before moving to Sault Ste. Marie in 1985. He joined the Group Health Centre and shortly thereafter became one of the first two full-time Emergency Department doctors in our city.

DR MALONEY - HutchinsonDr. Maloney currently works at SAH, with the Addiction Medicine Consult Team, with the Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic, at the Rapid Access Addictions Medicine Clinic and the Ontario Addictions Treatment Centre (OATC) where he provides treatment to patients with severe Opiate Use Disorder. Dr. Maloney is a humble, skilled, and gentle leader and physician. His strengths lie in mentorship, clinical excellence, remarkable bedside manner and program development. He has been instrumental in creating upwards of six important medical services in our city which have changed the lives of patients and medical providers alike across the Algoma District.

He has a skill for identifying marginalized populations and working diligently, often for free, to create systems that serve them. Dr. Maloney is a forward-thinking, kind and approachable physician. His entire career has been marked by innovation. He participated in the creation of Emergency Medicine as a specialty in Sault Ste. Marie and worked as a full-time emergency room physician for over 8 years. Dr. Maloney was instrumental in creating the Orphaned Patient Clinic, Hospitalist Program, Addiction Medicine Consult Team, Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic and Post-Acute Care Program.

Dr. Maloney has pushed forward novel care for those with addictions including starting long acting suboxone injections and macrodosing suboxone to stabilize individuals as quickly as possible. He has also created and carried the load of managing complex pain patients in our community for decades.

Dr. Maloney is a mentor and teacher for new colleagues and learners. He leads by example and inspires others to practice to the best of their ability. He fosters teamwork and develops partnerships within the many organizations in which he works. As well, he has been a mentor and leader to many health care professionals within our community. Dr. Maloney has served in various volunteer capacities including serving on the Steering Committee for the development of the Algoma Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic from 2006-2009.

He is a founding member of a musical comedy band called the Comedics. Over the past 25 years this band has helped raise over two million dollars for a variety of good causes, mostly health care related. Dr. Maloney has approached this challenge with the same zest and zeal that he applies to the unmet medical needs of our community. In 2009, the Comedics were awarded the Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit in no small part due to Dr. Maloney’s efforts.

2022 Award Recipients

Congratulations to SAH’s 2022 iCcare Award Recipients!

CORY VIAL - iCcare EmployeeCory Vial is a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department. Cory goes out of his way to help others – his patients, his colleagues, or someone he speaks to on the phone. He always meets people with a smile that lets them know he’s willing to help and be there for you. He is dedicated and compassionate. He is empathetic and understanding. He is knowledgeable and dependable. He is a leader and demonstrates this not only when he is the “lead nurse” for the day. His work ethic and ability to put someone at ease despite their emergency is infectious, making Cory an essential part of the team in the Emergency Department. Cory has a calming demeanour when he speaks with patients and puts them at ease. He is honest, respectful and demonstrates integrity in all his interactions with patients. When patients talk to Cory, you can see their anxiety and fear transform to relief and reassurance. Cory is an integral part to any team. He is always looking out for others and his ability to look at the whole picture and know exactly what he needs to do to support and make a situation better. He identifies issues before they are problems and he already has a solution or a recommendation as to how the issue can be remedied. Cory, treats patients like they are his own family, while still giving them their autonomy. You can see a patient’s demeanour change when he interacts with them and he puts people at ease with infectious smile. Cory truly cares for the people he serves.

Physician iCcare Award: Dr. Lucas Castellani

DR CASTELLANI - iCcare PhysicianDr. Lucas Castellani is an Infectious Diseases Specialist at SAH. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Medicine Program, the Medical Director and Chief of Infection Prevention & Control, and provides support to Antimicrobial Stewardship and Occupational Health. In 2017, Dr. Castellani joined SAH and shortly thereafter, became the Infection and Prevention physician lead for our COVID-19 Pandemic response. He has worked tirelessly alongside the staff and leadership at SAH and in the community over throughout the COVID 19 pandemic to provide his expertise and guidance. He has been an advocate, leader and partner to patients, SAH and the community. He worked with SAH to develop the Monoclonal Therapy Clinic in our Ambulatory Care setting. This clinic was of the first in the north to start providing this therapy and has helped other organizations to develop similar clinics. He has been working to elevate the care we provide our patients particularly around antibiotic stewardship and infectious diseases. He also assisted in the development of an app that could be used in the community to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing. Dr. Castellani is always willing to lend his expertise to staff, colleagues and our care partners locally and beyond.

Volunteer iCcare Award: Louis Ferron

LOUIS FERRON - iCcare VolunteerLouis Ferron is a volunteer Patient Advisor. He encompasses all of SAH’s values and is an inspirational member of several working groups and teams with meaningful contributions based on his extensive work experience and lived experience. Louis has participated in numerous projects in the Emergency Department and Mental Health and Addictions, and his contributions are far-reaching. He has participated in many improvement projects and is passionate in all endeavors, demonstrated by his unrelenting enthusiasm. He consistently goes above and beyond by identifying opportunities to maximize his own involvement and commitment. Louis is committed to working with the SAH team to advance patient-centred care and continuously improve the experience of patients. He brings a strong patient voice as an advisor and is always willing to share his honest perspective. Louis is a champion for patients and their families, exemplifying compassion through projects such as the visitor policy and the Caregiver ID project. He listens to the perspective of others and seeks to understand issues before problem-solving potential solutions. He works as part of the team, presents his ideas respectfully and tactfully, and is a mentor to his peers, always driving participation from others. Louis is a dedicated volunteer, who is committed to excellence.

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