WINCHESTER — When Marieke vanNoppen’s parents emigrated from Holland, they knew they wanted to give back to their new community. And they have. Now vanNoppen is continuing that legacy in her new role as Chair of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) Board of Directors.
“My parents are both active volunteers. They believe it is all about creating communities,whether in your own backyard or further afield,” she explains. “We build our community by participating in, and contributing to it.”
For vanNoppen, rural health care is a particular passion. “When I lived in Alberta, I saw gaps in services and the need to travel two to three hours for care. It showed how important rural hospitals like WDMH are for communities like ours.” vanNoppen and her family live in Edwards.
Throughout her various roles at the Royal Bank of Canada, vanNoppen has focused on the best way to serve the client, put them first and meet their expectations. “It’s really the same at WDMH,” she says. “How can we help each patient thrive? What are the stories we are hearing? Do our staff have the right tools? These are the types of questions we need to answer.”
She also believes in the power of collaboration. “We are all partners in this and we are stronger together. By working collaboratively, we can support more access to more services and care for each patient holistically.”
During her term, Marieke says the Board has a number of objectives. She is excited about the preparations underway for next year’s Accreditation survey. “We don’t want it to be a moment in time, but a reflection of what we’ve been doing to build our quality program.” She is also interested in the Ministry’s new Patient First plans, noting that WDMH’s patient-focused approach is already being noticed and applauded.
“This is an exciting time for WDMH and I’m honoured to be part of it,” Marieke sums up.
“Together, we have a lot to be proud of.”
vanNoppen replaces Stephen McClellan, who had come to the end of his term as chair.