WDMH AGM held June 27, a year in review

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$816,854 raised and 21 new pieces of medical equipment purchased

The Winchester District Memorial Hospital Annual General Meeting was held on June 27, providing an opportunity to look back on the past year and celebrate what has been accomplished together.

“At WDMH, we are here to help,” noted CEO Cholly Boland in his written report. “We are proud of the care that we provide every day for patients and families. A sincere thank you to all our Board members, staff, physicians and volunteers who contribute their expertise, passion and commitment to our patients, our hospital and our community.”

WDMH continues to advance its three strategic priorities: strengthening current patient care and rural health programs; collaborating with local partners; and expanding our rural research program.

Here are just a few highlights from the past year:

Quality and patient safety continue to be our #1 priority. Achievements include continued low re-admission rates, upgrades to our Clinical Information System, quality improvement work done by WDMH teams and our new deprescribing service that is helping seniors reduce medications.

New programs such as pulmonary function testing and a low vision clinic are increasing our service offerings close to home. We have also expanded our sleep lab and urology surgery.

Patient satisfaction rates continue to exceed provincial averages and we are committed to always doing even more.

Their Research Office is growing as we continue our focus on rural health care. We are always asking ‘why’ and ‘how can we do this better’.

We continue to be fiscally responsible, maintaining a balanced budget for the 10th consecutive year.

Our Patient and Family Engagement Committee (PFEC) continues to offer an important voice in all aspects of care. Many of WDMH’s committees now include patient members.

The amazing WDMH Auxiliary celebrated seven decades of care this past year. More than 150 community volunteers donated more than 13,000 hours. And they also organized a conference for volunteers from across the region.

Our generous donors helped the WMDH Foundation purchase 21 new pieces of medical equipment for patient care. $816,854 was transferred to WDMH this year.

A recurring theme at the AGM was the significant role provided by the volunteer Board of Directors.

“We are grateful to the Board for giving your time and expertise,” noted Cholly Boland, CEO. He also praised outgoing Board Chair Marieke vanNoppen for her leadership. “Marieke is a strong and focused leader and her work with the Ministry of Health regarding WDMH’s funding has put us in good stead for the future.”

At the meeting, Michael Villeneuve was confirmed as the new Board Chair, with James Pitruniak as Vice Chair and Bruce Millar as Treasurer.

The meeting started and ended with a reference to WDMH’s Commitment Statement. It is three short statements that put into words how we care for our patients and each other – compassionate excellence.

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