The South East Community Care Access Centre is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2014-2015.
The Board consists of Chair David Vigar (Picton), Vice-Chair Deanna Dulmage (Belleville), Wendy Cuthbert (Brockville), Marion Hughes (Waupoos), Emily Leslie (Kingston), Ray Marshall (Brockville), Francyne St Pierre-Givogue (Kingston), Bonnie Pelletier (Kingston), Murray Smith (Kingston), Bruce Maitland (Belleville) and Georgina Shaw (Brighton).
"We have recently developed a strategic plan to identify the priorities that will guide us in our decision making over the next three years," said Board Chair David Vigar. "We and our health care partners need to work together to help manage the many transitions that are occurring and need to occur within the overall system to ensure that funding is being expended effectively without compromising quality care and patient safety to provide the right care at the right time at the right place.
"For example, the CCAC is taking steps to increase our usage of clinics for appropriate patients. We have run a number of wound care clinics for five years and patients rate the experience very favourably. Increasing referrals of eligible patients to our clinics makes good sense in terms of effective use of system resources and patient outcomes. We will need to work with all of our system partners to make this approach successful. It will require physicians, hospitals and other referral sources to examine, and perhaps change, the way they think of community care services. Many still think of us as homecare but we transitioned to community care access centres in 1996 in recognition of our expanding role to coordinate community care in a variety of settings. The Board will need to support administration as we move through this expansion.
"My primary role however is to ensure that our Board is functioning based on good governance best practices. This is an area I think we are doing very well but the field of Board oversight is evolving and our challenge is to remain current with best practices processes," said Vigar.
Jacqueline Redmond, CEO of the South East CCAC commends the high quality of the Board. "We are fortunate to have such a high-calibre Board of Directors. The Board is well represented in terms of skills and backgrounds as well as a good geographical representation of the communities we serve. I look forward to working with this impressive group of individuals to ensure we continue to provide the right care in the right place at the right time."