Peel – William Osler Health System (Osler) celebrated an exceptional year at its Annual General Meeting (AGM), held this afternoon at Etobicoke General Hospital. The meeting highlighted a number of Osler’s accomplishments and initiatives from 2011-2012, with a focus on hospital redevelopment plans, strategic planning and the organization’s commitment to quality care for patients and their families.
Kay Blair, Osler Board Chair, Matthew Anderson, Osler President and CEO, Dr. Ian Smith, Osler Chief of Staff, and Dolores Franco, Chair of Osler’s Health Quality Services Committee delivered reports during the meeting. In her report, Kay Blair announced the launch of Osler’s public strategic planning initiative that will help the organization chart its course for the next five years.
“Our strategic planning initiative is unlike anything we have ever taken on before, and it presents us with an exciting opportunity to shape our future,” said Blair. “In the short time ahead, we will be engaging with our community, staff, physicians, volunteers, and our health care partners so that they can provide input and insight into our future directions. ”
In his report, Matthew Anderson touched on Osler’s redevelopment initiatives, and some of the important milestones that were reached over the past year.
“Revitalized clinical space that will enable our care teams to provide treatment and improve the patient and family experience at Osler will soon be realized through renovation, expansion and redevelopment across all three hospital sites,” said Anderson. “With redevelopment projects now underway at both Etobicoke General and Peel Memorial and continuing expansion of Brampton Civic, Osler is poised for significant growth and renewal over the next few years to keep pace with the need for modern, state-of-the-art facilities to support our clinical teams to continue to deliver safe and compassionate care.”
Dr. Smith spoke about the organization’s Clinical Priorities Plan in his report, and highlighted some of the initiatives that are helping to ensure the community has access to quality health care, closer to home.
“We adopted an integrated approach to chronic disease management this year to better address the significant health issues – including heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease – that are facing our diverse community,” said Dr. Smith. “Recognizing that we are serving an area that is growing at a faster rate than any other in Ontario, we remained committed to ensuring our community has the health care services they need, in the right place at the right time.”
The Chair of Osler’s Health Quality Services Committee, Dolores Franco, spoke about the organization’s Quality Improvement Plan, and its progress in meeting the targets that are set out in the Plan.
“Osler’s Quality Improvement Plan helps to focus the hospital on improving things that will have a significant impact on the quality of care it provides,” said Franco. “The plan supports Osler’s commitment to providing accessible patient-centred care, continually improving the services it delivers, and respecting the individual beliefs and values of all members of the community, physicians and staff.”
Osler’s Board of Directors introduced three new members at its meeting: Juan Carranza; Gervan Fearon; and Paul Howlett. The Board also bid farewell to three retiring members: Dolores Franco; Vlad Stritesky; and Will Falk.
In addition, the meeting featured some brief remarks by a patient, who detailed an outstanding care experience at Osler in the last year.
Highlights of Osler’s Annual Report were woven through the presentations at the meeting and included video clips of patient stories. The Annual Report is available in print form and as an interactive electronic version located on Osler’s website at www.williamoslerhs.ca