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New Strategic Plan for Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

9/6/2007 12:00:00 AM

Following months of input from hundreds of people, both inside and outside the hospital, a new strategic plan is being unveiled today for Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.


The new hospital vision, mission, and values, along with five identified strategic priorities, are the roadmap that will set the direction for the next three years. They come out of this summer’s Have Your Say strategic planning project that consulted hospital staff, physicians, volunteers, patients, partners and others in the community.


“We are very grateful for the thoughtful input of so many stakeholders,” says Hospital Board Chair Mary Silverthorn. “Thanks to their participation, I’m excited to have our new strategic direction outlined. There’s a tremendous amount of work ahead, but I believe everyone in our hospital and our community should be pleased to know we have a clear plan on where we need to focus our collective energies for the next three years.”


One strategic priority is to be a community hospital and a regional leader in designated specialized services. “Our planning on those clinical priorities, now underway, is examining where we fit within our Local Health Integration Network,” says acting CEO Dr. Don Atkinson. “As our health care system moves towards a more regional model, it’s important for us to identify our strengths in the entire Simcoe-Muskoka region. As one example, we have long been the regional centre for kidney care and pediatrics, but there may be other areas where we should also be taking a leadership role.”


Other key strategic priorities include becoming a hospital known for patient safety, achieving a healthy workplace, improving all partnerships and implementing an information management plan.


The strategic planning process also affirmed five core values - Integrity, Caring, Respect, Participation and Accountability.


“We should all remind ourselves of our values every time we come through these hospital doors,” says Silverthorn. They set the standard for how we interact with our patients, and with each other. I truly believe these are the values of our staff, physicians and volunteers, who collectively make up our hospital.”




For more information please contact:

Sharon Burkhart, Director of Public Affairs

Tel: (705) 327-9179

Email: sburkhart@osmh.on.ca

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