AULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO ~~~ June 24, 2020 (LSN) Sault Area Hospital (SAH) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 22, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was not open to the public, the agenda was brief and the traditional annual iCcare and Dr. Hutchinson Awards have been postponed until further notice.
In AGM business, for 2020/2021, Sharon Kirkpatrick will serve as Board Chair, Mario Turco as First Vice Chair and Jim McLean as Second Vice Chair. We welcome incoming Board members, Armand Capisciolto, Mark Lepore, Joe Santa Maria and Brent Rankin and Peggy Storey-Inkster who will serve as the hospital’s Volunteer Association Board Liaison. Thank you to our outgoing board members Bill Kerr, Greg Peres, and Debbie Romani. SAH would like to acknowledge the loss of one of our valued Board members, Brian Bumbacco, who passed away in March 2020.
Sharon Kirkpatrick, Board Chair, Wendy Hansson, President & CEO and Dr. Silvana Spadafora, Chief of Staff presented their annual reports to Board members. The following were some highlights:
SAH, along with all health care organizations and the global community continue to face an unprecedented challenge with the COVID 19 pandemic. This crisis has forced us to rapidly respond to an ever-changing environment. We have had to rethink, reevaluate and reimagine absolutely everything we do in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing our staff, patients and community.
An incredible amount of work was completed at the end of 2019/2020, with the goal to ensure we were prepared to respond to the uncertainties of the novel virus and to protect our health care workers, patients and community. In a matter of weeks, we introduced a robust Assessment Centre, we developed and implemented a complex multi-staged surge plan starting from a patients’ presentation to emergency department, we redesigned our hospital and related processes into COVID and non-COVID zones, and we led in the north by launching in house COVID-19 lab testing. SAH was a strong partner and leader in the local community and at numerous regional and provincial tables.
Thank you to our incredible people at SAH and our supportive and generous community!
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