By Jenn Watt
unlike any other, the attendees of the annual general meeting heard on July 16.
Telemedicine became “more popular and more critical” during the
pandemic. Other services highlighted included physiotherapy services
(1,200 in-patient visits), diagnostic imaging (more than 10,000 X-rays),
long-term care (with more than 90 residents), and a wide array of
Dr. Keith Hay, past chief of staff, similarly said that focus has gone to COVID-19 preparations at HHHS and he noted the work of Dr. Steve Ferracuti in providing leadership. “That said, every physician member of the [Medical Advisory Committee] has been involved in making the changes that have occurred since March and on behalf of the hospital I want to thank them, as well as the staff, management and board for a job well done.”
HHHS finished the 2019-2020 fiscal year with a surplus of just more than
$20,000, according to information presented by John West of Grant Thornton. Slides showed most of the corporation’s income (82 per cent) comes from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care with more than $22 million. Net revenues for 2020 were about $27.5 million. Salaries, wages and benefits account for 62 per cent of spending at more than $17 million, followed by “other supplies” at $5.4 million, medical compensation at $3.2 million and drugs and medical supplies at more than $393,000. Financial information shows grants and donations in 2020 nearing $1.5 million with $756,000 from the HHHS Foundation, $70,000 from the Haliburton auxiliary, $29,000 from the Minden auxiliary, about $78,000 from insurance proceeds, and $546,400 from Ministry of Health grants.
Chiefs of staff recognized
In a document circulated following the meeting, Dr. Kristy Gammon and Dr. Keith Hay were thanked for their service to HHHS. Dr. Gammon was chief of staff from 2017 to 2019 and Dr. Hay filled that role when Dr. Gammon left on sabbatical from February 2019 to June 2020. “Dr. Gammon’s steadfast commitment has supported the organization’s values of compassion, accountability, integrity and respect,” the document reads, “and her important and lasting contribution to HHHS as chief of staff will leave a lasting legacy.” She is credited with working on physician recruitment and
retention, improving care support for patients awaiting long-term care,
input on policies and clinical programs, among other things. Dr. Hay’s willingness to step in when Dr. Gammon left was noted as well as the “fresh perspective and ideas [he brought to] the organization.” Dr. Hay launched the environmental committee, helped with the accreditation survey process and supported the medical team during the COVID-19 crisis.