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Board Chair's Report 2020

Board Chair Eric WhynotAs I sit back and reflect on this past year, I am amazed with all that the Health Services Foundation has accomplished. I am pleased to work with such a dedicated and diverse board, all whom contribute in various ways to help with the ongoing health initiatives at Fishermen’s Memorial and South Shore Regional hospitals.

We are also very fortunate to live in a community where we have a generous and wonderful donors.  A shining example of this took place during the Gift From The Heart Radiothon this past February on CKBW & Country 100.7. Thanks to our community, the goal of $150,000 to purchase 25 patient ceiling lifts for South Shore Regional Hospital was reached and surpassed! We even saw former hospital nurses and staff come and give because they knew the importance ceiling lifts will make to patients and their former colleagues was touching. This also marked 10 years of the Gift From The Heart Radiothon that has now raised over $1 million dollars for local healthcare projects. Given my position as General Manager at our community radio stations, this is one milestone I hold near my heart.

And Lunenburgers turned out in spades to make the 20th annual West Nova Fuels Curl for a Cause a record-breaking success. Over $51,000 was raised for a portable ultrasound machine for Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department. This now-heritage fundraiser continues to grow each year because Lunenburg (and its surrounding communities) understand the importance of the care Fishermen’s Memorial provides.

It was a year of continuing and growing relationships. The Health Services Foundation is proud to sponsor the physician recruitment efforts of NOW Lunenburg County, with $60,000 in funding. In just the second quarter of the year the organization has assisted six physicians with settling and/or finding accommodations during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also offered assistance 13 local physicians, and we know that retaining our talented local doctors is just as important as recruiting them. When it comes to physician recruitment, it is all about synergy; along with partners NOW Lunenburg County, we have also continued to develop our relationship with Nova Scotia Health and local Physician Recruiter Patti Smith to ensure doctors can smoothly come to practice on the South Shore.  

We were very pleased to host the Sander Family in October. They joined the Health Services Foundation for the unveiling of the new Hollyburn Properties & Sander Family Minimally Invasive Surgical Suite, which Stephen Sander graciously donated $1-million to help construct. This donation was his way of giving back to Bridgewater, the community which gave Mr. Sander his start in Canada. It was an exciting day as he and his family were able to come to South Shore Regional Hospital for the official ribbon cutting and unveiling of a beautiful glass plaque, which tells his story. Mr. Sander thoroughly enjoyed his visit, as he was able to travel throughout our community and visit some familiar sights. Sadly, Mr. Sander passed away early in 2020. We will always be grateful for his generosity.

Fall of 2019 saw the completion of the Foundation’s Strategic Review with RBR Communications. This was very thorough and included input from current and previous board members, community leaders, as well as our donors. From this review we were given a lot of very useful feedback to guide the Foundation’s work over the next few years. Our focus will be on six strategic areas: enhanced communications, disburse financial resources, expanding donor constituency and fund development programs, strengthen board governance, preparation for a major capital campaign and human resources review. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to contribute to this review.

The Health Services Foundation was also pleased to bring a much needed upgrade of technology to Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital. The nearly $200,000 upgrade makes the nearly 70-year old hospital future ready with two access points, supporting the wireless needs of the medical industry, such as the NSHA-driven project, replacing current Intravenous (IV) Pumps with wireless units. The Foundation was also pleased to join forces with the Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for a much-needed technical & physical upgrade of the hospital’s main conference room, now divided into the Legacy & Founders rooms.

Even the Foundation wasn’t immune to the eventual impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly before Christmas we started a feasibility study to get a sense of community support towards the construction of the Emergency Department Redevelopment project at South Shore Regional Hospital. RBR Communications did this study for us and as it was concluding, the pandemic became a reality in our area. Obviously this will have an economic impact on the South Shore but we look forward to moving forward with our commitment to the redevelopment project when the time is right.  

I would like to also thank Nova Scotia Health for working with us over the past year, especially Rob Zwicker, Site Lead at South Shore Regional Hospital, and Alex Achenbach, Site Lead at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital. They make the Foundation and auxiliaries a priority. We appreciate you giving us your time as we work to support projects in our hospitals.

As I close out my first year as Board Chair, I sincerely want to thank the entire staff of the Health Services Foundation for all your hard work. To the Board, thank you for all your support and dedication this past year.  To Phil Bradfield, our past chair, who will be retiring this year from his career and our board, I want to thank you for all that you have done to guide and support me these past few years. This past year has been filled with growth, challenges, and learning experiences; working with the dedicated staff and volunteers who make up the Health Services Foundation team is nothing short of rewarding.  

Sincerely,

Eric Whynot

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