A Message from the Chair
This is a fascinating and turbulent time in Ontario health care. While hospitals continue to focus on the patient experience and outcomes, emerging health care needs and technologies, partnerships, the health of our communities and financial stewardship, we are now doing so against a back drop of tremendous transformation.
As the provincial government begins to reconfigure health care delivery, governance of academic hospitals requires leaders, board members, staff and physicians to become increasingly resourceful and adaptive to an ever-changing landscape. While governance has always been about juggling competing requirements and demands while making effective, ethical and sometimes difficult decisions, today’s unknowns as the health care system evolves adds a new layer of complexity.
The St. Joseph's Board of Directors has a strong tradition of understanding the issues while never losing sight of our mission, vision and values. Our mandate is fulfilled through a strong governance structure, advancing our capacity to use relevant, timely information, and the dedication of all those who are part of the St. Joseph's family. Indeed, an enduring strength of St. Joseph’s is the ability to embrace change, guided by our firm foundation in Catholic health care.
At this critical time of transition in Ontario, St. Joseph’s is committed, as always, to being a leading change agent and advocating for solutions that ensure the populations we serve receive the care they need.
Most important is our understanding that we govern in relationship with others – with the engagement of care providers and patients; volunteers and donors; researchers and learners; regional and community partners; and local and provincial governments; as well as with the guidance and support of our sponsors, the St. Joseph's Health Care Society and the Bishop of the Diocese of London.
As we look to our next fiscal year, 2019-2020, I am excited by what we will accomplish in the second year of our Strategic Plan: Reaching Out, Connecting Care, Innovating Together.
Launched in the spring of 2018, this bold, three-year plan is grounded in partnerships with patients, residents and family caregivers, with an uncompromising focus on quality and safety, and the need for collaborations and advocacy to advance care, teaching and research. Our many achievements in the first year of the plan all speak to earning complete confidence in the care we provide and making a difference in the quest to live fully.
I look forward to building upon those accomplishments as an organization, together with our partners and our supportive community, while remaining rooted, as always, in our legacy of care, excellence and compassion.
Chair, Board of Directors