Bluewater Health is committed to excellence in providing healthcare for our patients, support for their families, resources for our community and a positive working environment for our people.
While we focus on our mission, we must also work within a Provincial health care system that continues to transform. Our organization must also accept these changes as we set new standards in the delivery of care for our patients. This includes focusing on quality standards and patient safety. These new standards will be met in association with community partners.
To support efficient and effective use of our resources, we are actively engaged in looking at shared services with community partners, participating in regional service planning and provision, preparing for supply management changes, and applying best practices, and indeed creating best practices. These initiatives can be seen across our entire organization from applying technology advancements for both patient care and business practices, participating in end-of-life planning to provide the best options for patients, and improving patient flow through the health care system.
These initiatives are essential to address our community's capacity challenges when providing the most appropriate care for patients, including Alternative Level of Care (ALC) patients. These patients deserve to receive the right care in the right setting, after they no longer require the services of an acute care hospital.
Through partnerships and focused efforts, we will be able to provide care for an aging population.
Our patients are experiencing shorter wait times for those procedures and tests which have specifically been targeted by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Local residents now have shorter wait times for CT Scans, MRI tests, cataract surgery and hip and knee replacement surgery than others in the province. We are proud that our efforts in these areas are having a positive impact on those patients we serve. We will continue to focus dedicated resources as provided by the Provincial Government in these areas.
Our pledge to this effort, along with the Board's commitment to our Petrolia hospital facility, has now been further verified with the confirmation of the development of a cataract clinic. The construction project is now out to tender, and with the support of the CEEH Foundation to raise the funds to equip the Pat Mailloux Cataract Clinic, we will open this clinical area by the end of this calendar year. This clinic will serve residents across Lambton County and become a centre of excellence for cataract care.
The most visible symbol of revitalization of our organization can now be seen standing 76 meters into Sarnia 's skyline - the first of two cranes, which will build our new addition at the Norman Site. The beginning of construction of our seven-storey facility on October 15, 2007, was an exciting community event that was the culmination of our collective aspiration to have a modern, state-of-the art building, which will provide an environment rich in life, light and celebration. Construction is underway and we are seeing the building grow out of the ground. Over the next three years, there will be many milestones to celebrate as our facility takes shape. We look forward to the end of the decade when many of our Sarnia programs and services will be consolidated to one site and will support staff, doctors and volunteers in their efforts to provide the compassionate and quality care for their patients and family members. The new facility is representative of the ever closer and efficient working relationships between all aspects of the organization regardless of where they are located.
The development of our new building is the result of a strong partnership between our hospital, the Provincial Government, and the community we serve, and the one that supports us. Through the efforts of the Bluewater Health Foundation, we have our share of the funds required to support the building project. In addition, their fund raising efforts will support the hospital's investment to purchase equipment and technology required by our staff and doctors to provide the care for our patients. Our annual equipment-purchasing plan is in alignment with our long-term requirements as we prepare to inhabit our new space at the turn of the decade. This is tremendous news for our organization and the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. We are looking forward to the completion of the building project and know it is only possible through the exceptional efforts of a large team of individuals both within our hospital and with our government and community partners.
On July 10 of last year, the Board of Directors received the written report from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care appointed Investigator, Dr. Kevin Smith. This report outlined 41 recommendations that would guide our organization in our efforts to implement policies, processes and action items to improve the working relationship between all stakeholders of the hospital.
Through the commitment of a large group of individuals both internally and externally, significant efforts have been made by all parties to support and develop enhanced working relationships.
Overall, I am pleased to report that Bluewater Health has made great strides with the implementation of the recommendations. We are appreciative of the assistance of Mr. Ken Deane, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care appointed Facilitator, as he has provided strong support and guidance to our Board, physicians, the senior team and myself. Since the report was released, a great deal has been accomplished with work being completed on all 41 recommendations. To date, eight recommendations have being fully completed and implemented with many more close to achieving this status. Through this work, we have seen changes to policy, and operations. Our much-needed hospitalist program will be in place this summer, as we recently received verbal agreements from two physicians to take on these positions to support patient care.
I am confident that through the implementation of the recommendations, Bluewater Health is well positioned to continue to provide quality patient care to the residents of Sarnia and Lambton County .
Our corporate logo brings our vision and mission to life. It is an image of a leaf, which reflects life, health and renewal. It also is a natural image evocative of the combination of land and water that makes our community unique; an arch reminiscent of a famous local landmark and; most importantly, a symbol of the bridge that helps bring people back to health that is at the core of what Bluewater Health is all about.
As we prepare to close the books on the Fiscal Year 2006 - 2007, it is important that we reflect on our mission, vision, values and logo; knowing these goals and our symbol will help direct our next steps as we move forward and revitalize Bluewater Health. This is all being done with the purpose to continue in the proud history and tradition of our three predecessor hospitals to serve our community and providing quality health care programs and services so they are available when residents need them. We know our community depends on us.
Following are some key highlights of the many accomplishments of Bluewater Health's staff, doctors and volunteers during this period. You will gain an appreciation for the resources invested into these efforts. This list of accomplishments is impressive. It was achieved due to the ability of all partners to focus on priorities, which will assist the organization to achieve its strategic goals and support sustainable solutions to deliver quality care within Lambton County . – less–ZoomInfo