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Highlights from 2021 Soo Hospital Annual General Meeting

Highlights from 2021 Soo Hospital Annual General Meeting

Highlights from 2021 Annual General Meeting

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~~ June 21, 2021  (LSN)  Sault Area Hospital (SAH) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 21, 2021. The AGM focused on the many successes over the last year, as well as the challenges faced and expectations for the future

One new Board Member, Antoinette Blunt, was elected to the Board of Directors for her 1st three-year term and two members were reappointed; Lisa Bell-Murray for a 3rd three-year term and Trevor Rachkowski for a 2nd three-year term. Thank you to our outgoing Board member, Jim McLean, who has dedicated 3 years of service to the Sault Area Hospital Board of Directors. Sharon Kirkpatrick will serve as Chair, Lisa Bell-Murray and Brent Rankin will serve as Vice Chairs and Wendy Hansson will serve as Secretary.

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 2021 recipients were Chad Carter (employee), Rick Wark (volunteer) and Dr. Emmalee Marshall (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 2021 recipient was Dr. Henry Leung.

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

Reports and year-end summaries are available on our website at


Dr. William Hutchinson Award: Dr. Henry Leung
Dr. Henry Leung has been a psychiatrist in Sault Ste. Marie for nearly 30 years. Described as a warm, non-judgmental, gracious individual, he has served as a mentor and a role model for professionalism, compassion, and empathy. It is no wonder that his patients find him easy to talk to and are so devoted to him. Dr. Leung has always had vision. He came to Sault Ste. Marie and Sault Area Hospital in 1992 and served as the only psychiatrist serving the Algoma District. The demands were overwhelming and required far more medical professional involvement than Dr. Leung alone could provide. These pressures lead to his conception and eventual development of the Psychiatric Outreach Program in collaboration with the University of Toronto Psychiatric Outreach Program. This was the genesis of Emergency Psychiatric Services, as well as the Outpatient Clinic. This forward thinking program development was recognized as the model for service provision to under-serviced areas in the North. In addition to provision of services in an under-serviced community, Henry has worked in an administrative capacity which has been key to maintaining and developing important infrastructure. He has sat on various committees and has given generously of his time to the Medical Advisory Committee, Board committees and Sub-committees, and has been both President and Vice-President of the Academy of Medicine for several terms. He has also been a member of the District Health Council Mental Health Sub-committee and the Medical Director in Psychiatry for over 8 years. Dr. Leung was often involved in the creation of new educational venues. He was the inaugural Postgraduate Specialty Program Director for the Northeastern Ontario Medical Education Corporation. This organization was responsible for initiating postgraduate residency training for specialty residents in Northeastern Ontario. He also went on to become the Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Education in Specialty Medicine for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). In this role, he was responsible for the integration of residency training programs in Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario, and he assisted with the accreditation of new residency training programs for NOSM. Dr. Leung has encouraged and motivated many individuals to pursue a career in psychiatry. Dr. Leung has put a great deal of energy into development of programs that benefit the community and have allowed our city to develop a wonderfully modern psychiatric service. These accomplishments and many more have improved the lives of patients and health care providers. We are fortunate to have Dr. Leung in our community.

Employee iCcare Award: Chad Carter
Chad Carter is SAH’s Enterprise Architect and has worked in SAH’s Information Technology Department for 15 years. He is collaborative, helpful, an expert in his field, and committed to improving the patient experience through technology. Over the years, Chad has been the driver of many technology initiatives at SAH including the adoption of VDI and the “Tap-N-Go” technology implemented as part of the Health Information System renewal initiative. This technology has helped improve the workflows of clinicians around the hospital making them truly mobile, resulting in improved patient care. Chad has always embraced enhancements in technology and in 2017, he was the recipient of the North East LHIN’s Health Change Champion award. Chad has always delivered IT solutions as promised or more often exceeded expectations. He works closely with all teams inside SAH and externally with vendors to ensure the best outcomes. Chad is always willing to help anyone in need and promotes teamwork within his department and throughout SAH. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Chad played a key role in using technology to keep patients and health care workers safe. Early on in the Pandemic, he was part of the team that set up the Assessment Centre, ensuring connectivity to the hospital’s information system. He also implemented technology to enable virtual physician visits in departments such as Geriatric Services. In addition, Chad has worked with the Algoma Ontario Health Team to set up online vaccine bookings for the mass immunization hub at GFL. This system was so successful that SAH implemented the same solution for online booking in the Assessment Centre. During the Pandemic, the IT department was called upon many times to help support the clinical areas so they could deliver patient care both on and off site. Both the implementation of the Electronic Medical Record/ONE project and the technological impact of the Pandemic have been massive undertakings in which Chad has been instrumental.

Physician iCcare Award: Dr. Emmalee Marshall
Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Dr. Emmalee Marshall earned her undergraduate degree from Laurentian University, her PhD from the University of Guelph and her Medical degree from McMaster University. She began working as a psychiatrist at SAH in October 2004 and provides both inpatient and outpatient care, along with electroconvulsive therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. She has served as the Medical Director, Chief of Mental Health & Addictions, and in a variety of other roles including Medical Staff executive, inpatient head of service, VP Medical Affairs, member of Senior Leadership Team and member of the Medical Advisory Committee. Dr. Marshall has been a member of our Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, and is currently on the mental health quality care committee. She also provides training for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine medical leaners, including psychiatry residents. Dr. Marshall demonstrates all the hospital’s values consistently. She is a consummate professional, compassionate and a respectful physician who truly cares about her patients. She is a non-judgmental physician who believes in being straight-forward with her patients while exercising kindness, discretion and empathy. She puts her patients at ease, making them feel comfortable while actively listening; patients will attest that it feels like they have known her for years when they first meet her. Dr. Marshall is a team player, often collaborating with the entire team in the mental health and addictions program to find innovative solutions to challenges. SAH, our health care team, her patients and our community are fortunate to have Dr. Marshall as part of our team!

Volunteer iCcare Award: Rick Wark
Rick Wark is a dedicated volunteer who has contributed to SAH for the last 8 years, accumulating over 4,000 hours of volunteer time. He volunteers at the information desk, in the gift shop and is trained and fills in assisting with the Cancer Clinic and Surgical Daycare/Endoscopy. He has served as a patient advisor in the Algoma District Cancer Program and Chair of the Sault Area Hospital Association Volunteer Association (SAHVA) and presently sits as a Member at Large on the Association. With all the positions he takes on, Rick brings a genuine appreciation and concern for the patient and strives to make their visit as easy as possible, realizing all who come through our doors carry some apprehension. His compassion, respect, positive relaxed attitude, ease at interacting with people, and a warm smile make him a valuable volunteer at SAH. When taking on a task, Rick always remains focused and does not leave the task until it is done. When asked to volunteer in an area, he ensures that he knows the area and is willing to learn to ensure that what he relays to patients is correct. Rick has a deep understanding of patients’ needs, especially in the cancer clinic and surgical daycare programs. Patients trust Rick and they appreciate him for his understanding, holding him in high esteem. Rick has made many valuable contributions to the SAHVA including restructuring the Executive Council, forming committees to review the Constitution and Policies, as well as organizing fund raising projects such as bake sales and vendor days. As well, Rick served as the Director of Communications from 2014-2018 for the Hospital Auxiliary Association Ontario (HAAO) and was Vice President from 2018-2019. Among other duties, he was part of the planning team for the annual HAAO Provincial convention. Associated with this, Rick is the Secretary/Treasurer and is actively involved in the North Central Regional Auxiliaries providing a voice for Northern Ontario hospital volunteers. Rick’s influence has been significant. Each day that he volunteers at SAH, he brings a calm reassuring and embracing attitude, friendly demeanor, and a smile.

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