By Mallory Clarkson/London Community News/Twitter: @MalloryClarkson
The road map for the future St. Joseph’s Health Care London and its foundation were detailed Thursday evening (June 13) during its annual meeting about the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
One of the more “exciting things” that was discussed was the creation of centres for cognitive vitality and integrated chronic disease management. Similar to the hospital organization’s Breast Care Centre, the two new outfits would see professionals from many areas combining their efforts towards a common goal.
“The theme is really how do we work together with different disciplines, specialties, with our community partners and our other hospital partners,” said Gillian Kernaghan, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s. “There’s really that theme of how do we better serve people of this community and region by really trying to bring together the right people to create the right care for those individuals.”
For the cognitive vitality centre, Kernaghan explained neurologists, geriatricians, rehabilitation specialists, and eventually psychiatrists will all be working together under one roof. For people who have problems with brain functioning, like dementia, this means there’s a one-stop shop for care.
The other centre — for integrated chronic disease management — will focus on people who have more than one issue, like a combination of things like high blood pressure, diabetes or arthritis.
“It’s not one discipline or one specialty that really provides all of the care a person needs,” Kernaghan said. “It’s really how do you bring the best together to create a care plan that’s best for that particular patient.”
The St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation has been asked to raise around $14 million for the two centres. Kernaghan said that one-time money will be used to establish research centres and to cover off some of the needed renovations.
Ron Martindale, chair of the board for the foundation, said efforts will be focused on transformative patient care and research projects aligned with the hospital’s strategic vision and plan.
“The foundation is eagerly responding with some of the most exciting care and research fundraising opportunities in our history,” he said. “We look forward to sharing these opportunities with our community in the upcoming months.”
In total, more than $5 million was gifted to the foundation from the community last year.
The new centres are included St. Josephs’ new three-year strategic plan, which focuses on the hospital organization’s future priorities. But, the meeting on Thursday wasn’t just used as a way to look forward, but also to look over the past fiscal year, which ended March 1.
Marcella Grail, St. Joseph’s board chair, said despite complex changes and transitions within the organization, a surplus of $8.1 million was found. Around $4.4 million was achieved through investment income, while the remaining $3.7 million came from operations, she said.
“We are grateful to all of those who worked hard to bridge the gap increasing inflation, on expenditures and decreasing base funding,” she said. Grail added the savings were accomplished while meeting or exceeding all volumes of patient care accountability.
“The decisions can be difficult, requiring us to be constantly focused on the mission, grounded in values of respect, excellence and compassion and as leaders in innovation and change.”
With the future and the past of the organization laid out, the meeting was transformed into a virtual town hall format, which allowed people to watch the meeting online and submit their questions during the live presentation.
A couple of questions regarding accessibility and priories were asked of Kernaghan during this component, which she said were included in the hospital’s master and strategic plans.