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500 Hogarth Ave. W
Geraldton, ON
P0T 1M0

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Acute Care
1:00pm - 4:00pm
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Annual General Meeting of the Corporation


June 2018



The Annual General Meeting of the Geraldton District Hospital Corporation was held at the Northern Horizon Health Centre, in Geraldton, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.


Reports were received from Jamie McPherson, Chair, Lucy Bonanno, CEO, Dr. Laine, Co-Chief of Medical Staff, Myrna Letourneau, Auxiliary President and Kathryn Legault, Treasurer. Some highlights of the reports included:


  • Master Plan: The Hospital continues to work with the North West Local Health Integration Network and Ministry of Health Capital Investment Branch to relocate the Emergency Department from the lower level to the upper level next to the Acute Care Unit. The process is lengthy and we will continue to work with the Ministry to complete the process. Stage 3.2 was submitted in May 2018 and we await a response.


  • Physician Recruitment: Recruitment of physicians continues to be a major challenge for the hospital. We are working closely with the Municipality in the hiring of a physician recruiter.


  • Operating Budget: The Hospital ended the fiscal year with a surplus. We continue to work hard with building upkeep, daily maintenance and operations, along with rising costs, such as food products and hydro.


  • Capital Budget: The Hospital invested in upgrades and repairs via our capital projects. Given our facility is over 50 years old, overseeing upgrades is vital for the safety of all. With just over $314,054 worth of equipment and repairs, inclusive of a new freezer in our laboratory, upgrading our internal hospital communication system, new ultrasound transducer for our imaging department, added wheelchair accessible buttons through-out the facility, our new eMaintanence Program to help with upkeep (preventative measures) of our equipment via our maintenance staff that is now online, and a new large tub in our LTC, just to name a few.


  • Auxiliary: We are so grateful to all of our volunteers for their time and dedication to the hospital to better care for our community.


  • Strategic Plan 2018-2022: The new strategic plan was developed through an extensive environmental scan with the assistance of our consultant. The stakeholder’s consultations involved over 12 different engagement sessions conducted in Geraldton, Nakina, Longlac and four different First Nations Communities. The sessions included a wide spectrum of community members, staff and partners; mail out cards, to gain further feedback across Greenstone was also included. The final decision was to develop new Mission/Vision/Values statements, which were consistent with the feedback gained and consideration of our LHIN’s 10 year Blueprint. A celebratory launch was held on May 30,



2018, in the hospital foyer, unveiling our new Mission/Vision/Values and new 4 year strategic plan (2018-2022).


  • Some final statistics for Fiscal 2017-18:


  • # of Emergency Department visits: 7,578
  • # of hospital admissions: 278
  • # of Nakina Clinic Visits: 1,947
  • Total air transfers: 220


We continue to have one of the lowest infection rates in our region, which should be celebrated and shows the hard work of our staff within the facility across all departments. We had with an average length of stay, to see a physician, in the emergency department of 2.4 hours. This is an excellent time in comparison to the provincial average wait time of 4.7 hours.


As well, it shows the importance of working with partners such as Ornge, the provincial air ambulance that assists with transferring the most critically ill to Thunder Bay Regional. As well, the need for our Nakina Clinic, to help keep clients close to home for their primary care needs, as opposed to driving into Geraldton.


It must be recognized that despite our rurality, we are a very busy hospital and one where all staff, volunteers and physicians take pride in their work in serving the community of Greenstone.


Chico Tschajka was reappointed as a Director representing Industry and Myrna Letourneau representing the Auxiliary.


The Board is now comprised of the following members:


Mark Wright, Chairman                                                  Ralph Humphreys

Dorene Boulanger, Vice Chairman                                  Willy Anton

Kathryn Legault, Treasurer                                              Marlo Sobush

Myrna Letourneau, Hospital Auxiliary                              Terry Popowich

Chico Tschajka, Industry Representative                        Jamie McPherson


Dr. Laine, Chief of Staff *

Dr. Zufelt, Co-Chief of Staff & President of Medical Staff *

Lucy Bonanno, Chief Executive Officer*

Laurie Heerema, Chief Nursing Executive *

Sylvie Duranceau, Chief Clinical Officer*

Adam Kolisnyk, Chief Financial Officer*

(* non-voting members)



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