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Update from Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

5/29/2007 12:00:00 AM

Sixteen community members have applied to fill the upcoming available positions on the Board of Directors of Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. That number includes three of five candidates who had been endorsed by a special interest group and planned to “run from the floor”, but have now agreed to be part of the same rigorous selection process as all other candidates. The board had extended its deadline to 4 p.m. Tuesday to ensure those candidates could be considered if they chose.


“Our nominating committee is thrilled by the number of qualified, experienced people who want to volunteer to lead our hospital,” says Board Chair Josephine Martensson-Hemsted. “I am particularly pleased that the three candidates endorsed by the special interest group have agreed to go through the recruitment process with all our other candidates. The board believes that this is further evidence that our decision to adhere to our skills based recruitment was the correct one.”


The nominating committee report was released at the Tuesday night meeting of the hospital board. At that meeting, the President and Vice-President of the medical staff resigned their positions as President and Vice-President. This followed a meeting of the medical staff earlier in the day that questioned the board’s decision on the date of the Annual General Meeting. Two physicians have also resigned their administrative positions as department chiefs.


It is important to note that the President of the Medical Staff assured the board and the community that none of this will in any way affect patient care. The physicians are withdrawing their participation in hospital committees and meetings, not in any way in the care that is provided to patients. In addition the hospital Chief of Staff remains responsible for quality of care and any issues that arise.


“It is regrettable that these physicians have chosen to resign their positions. On behalf of the entire board, I would like to thank them for their dedication to the community, and our hospital. Their contributions will be missed,” said Martensson-Hemsted. “I do, however, remain optimistic about the future of our hospital,” she adds. “In all, I believe we will emerge stronger as a result of the AGM on June 7th”.


For more information please contact:

Sharon Burkhart, Director of Public Affairs

Tel: (705) 327-9179

Email: sburkhart@osmh.on.ca


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