Board Chair Susan Fraser Reports on Health Sciences Centre
THUNDER BAY – Healthbeat – It is a privilege to begin my second year serving the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s Board of Directors as the Chair. It is my pleasure to welcome Sharon Pitawanakwat who is joining the Board for the first time for a one-year term. Sharon and the continuing Board members are dedicated to ensuring the success of the Strategic Plan for the benefit of patients and families in our community.
The Strategic Plan continues to guide us and I invite you to read our 2012-2013 Annual Report to the Community, available at www.tbrhsc.net and see for yourself the progress we have made to date.
The commitment of the entire TBRHSC community to excellence in patient and family centred care is stronger than ever. In response to the continuing challenges of gridlock, Patient Lounges are being renovated in order to provide safer, more private and comfortable spaces for patients when the need arises.
We recognize that Gridlock occurs because many beds at TBRHSC are occupied by Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients who no longer need acute care, but cannot be discharged because there is no safe location available to them.
We continue to work with partners in healthcare to identify and pursue long-term strategies to ease Gridlock pressure at TBRHSC.
We have also seen the strengthening of our Smoke-Free Grounds policy to provide a healthier environment for all of our patients, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers. We look forward to implementing our Smoke-Free Grounds September 30.
The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC)
Additionally, the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI), our research arm, continues to reinvent the future of medicine right here in Northwestern Ontario. These breakthroughs benefit not only patients and families in our region but around the world. Please learn more about the advantages it affords our region by visiting www.tbrri.com to read the 2012/2013 annual report.
As we head into the busy fall and winter seasons, I encourage you to make your health a priority. Even washing your hands goes a long way in preventing the spread of infections.
I look forward to another term working with the dedicated team at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre who make me proud to be a part of this great organization.
Susan Fraser, Chair
Board of Directors