William Osler Health System (Osler) celebrated an exceptional year at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 28, attended by its Board of Directors, staff, physicians and volunteers, as well as dignitaries and community members. The meeting took place at the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, and highlighted Osler’s accomplishments and initiatives from 2016-2017.
During the meeting, Vanita Varma, Osler Board Chair, Joanne Flewwelling, Osler Interim President and CEO and Dr. Frank Martino, Osler Chief of Staff, delivered reports through video and in-person. Silvia Montefiore, Osler Board Treasurer, Jane McMullan, Chair of Osler’s Health Quality Services Committee, and Myra Cridland, Osler Board Member also provided reports.
“This past year has been filled with momentous milestones and notable accomplishments, when Osler truly went beyond and took bold actions to continue to build a strong and sustainable future for health care in the region,” said Vanita Varma. “The unwavering commitment to patient-inspired care that is demonstrated by the Osler team is truly remarkable, and means so much to the patients and families we serve.”
Varma also announced Dr. Martin Chasen, Medical Director of Palliative Care at Osler as the recipient of the Kay Blair Community Service Award – a recognition presented to an individual who is committed to serving the needs of Osler’s community, patients and families, and who realizes what it means to be compassionate, kind and understanding.
“It gives us great pleasure to give this year’s Kay Blair Community Service Award to Dr. Martin Chasen whose dedication to patients is truly inspiring,” she said. “Since joining Osler, his efforts have been instrumental in enhancing the supportive palliative care program at Brampton Civic Hospital which now includes: a 14-bed acute palliative care unit, a palliative medicine consult team, a robust Support Palliative Care Clinic and a brand new community-based Home Palliative Care Program – all of which has been a tremendous support to palliative care patients and their families.”
In addition, the meeting featured a brief video about a young patient and his family, highlighting their outstanding care experience at Osler in the last year. “It was another remarkable year for Osler thanks to the dedicated efforts of our team – our staff, physicians and volunteers,” said Joanne Flewwelling. “What made this year stand out among others was the tremendous milestones we achieved in Osler’s redevelopment projects, our continued commitment to partnership, and focus on increasing capacity so that we can further enhance our ability to provide the programs and services this community needs most.”
Osler’s Board of Directors introduced four new members at its meeting: Ricco Bhasin; Susan Britton Payne; Linda Franklin; and Geoffrey Ritchie. The Board also bid farewell to three members who completed their tenure: Juan Carranza; Myra Cridland; and Dr. Dan Omura. In addition, it renewed and ratified terms of two existing board members: Silvia Montefiore and Avninder Singh.
Highlights of Osler’s Annual Report were also presented at the meeting. The report is available at www.OslerReport2016.com.