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Chair's Report 2019

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When I reflect on all the activities of last year I’m simply in awe of how much we as a Foundation have been able to accomplish. It has been a busy and very productive year. I am so proud of our staff, board of directors, many volunteers, and above all else our wonderful donor community for their efforts in making health care better at both Fishermen’s Memorial and South Shore Regional Hospitals. 

Last year I mentioned how we as a Foundation, through requests of both the community and our donors, were revisiting the issue of supporting physician recruitment activities, which all but stopped in 2015. Prior to 2015 our Foundation had generously supported physician recruitment through incentives in excess of $400,000.  We’ve learned much in the last year and now have a better understanding of the complexity of the issue. Many of you, or your family and friends, don’t have a doctor, meaning this is an important issue for us all. 

To date I am happy to report we have partnered with our friends at NOW Lunenburg County in support of several recruitment activities. We have also strengthened our relationship with the recruitment team at the Nova Scotia Health Authority, which has heard our message “we are here to help”. With such a complex issue it takes many key stakeholders to help solve. We are building these relationships and will continue to do so while providing support where we can. 

Our biggest accomplishment of the year was the much-anticipated completion of the Minimal Invasive Surgical Suite at South Shore Regional Hospital. Fully funded by the Foundation (primarily through a $1-million donation by Mr. Stephen Sander & Hollyburn Properties), this is our biggest project to date. The Foundation’s board received a behind the scenes look at the completed suite; it is impressive to see how the technology is well integrated and to hear how this will improve safety, quality of care, and efficiency in the operating room. Many thanks to the NSHA staff & South Point Construction for keeping the project on time and within budget. 

From the Foundation staff and board, I would like to thank the NSHA for its efforts in supporting us. Rob Zwicker, site lead for the three hospitals on the South Shore, regularly reminds us foundations and auxiliaries are a top priority of his and generously gives us time as we work on supporting projects on the South Shore. As we move closer to the redevelopment of South Shore Regional emergency department, our Foundation is a stakeholder in the discussions and we look forward to working with the NSHA and community on this important project.  

Looking forward, our Foundation will be embarking on a strategic planning session this year. The seed was planted during our recently completed operational review and, as a board, we feel for many reasons the time is right to move this forward. This body of work will help guide our strategic direction for the next several years as we navigate the complexities of supporting the healthcare system.  

Sadly, this year we lost one of our past Board members: Don Munroe. Those who knew Don knew that when he spoke, you better listen! Don had a lifetime of knowledge and wisdom to share and you always walked away having learned something. Don generously gave us eight years of service to the board and was an active member of the investment committee. Don will be missed. 

For all of those who supported us last year we cannot thank you enough. From the volunteers who help during our events and the businesses who help support our events as well as our generous donors, we are humbled by your support.  

Finally, as I close out my third and final year as Board Chair, I wanted to simply say thank you to everyone who supported me in the role. During the three years there were times when it felt like climbing a mountain would have been easier, but I enjoyed every minute. For me it was a great growth and learning experience, seeing the outcomes of such hard work from such dedicated people is truly inspiring.  

Sincerely,

Phil Bradfield

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