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Chair's Message

Message from Ralph Sprague

Ralph Sprague, Chair of BPHS Foundation

Winter 2017/2018

The Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation staff and Board of Directors have been very active over the summer months.

In our summer newsletter I indicated that our Special Event Co-ordinator resigned at the end of April to take another employment opportunity. Following this event, the Board of Directors analyzed the staffing needs of the Foundation for the foreseeable future and developed the new full-time position of “Administrative and Event Assistant”.  A committee was struck to fill the new position and an offer was presented to April Patry for this position.  We welcome April to our team and wish her every success with her new responsibilities.

The BPHSF Board has had personnel changes as well. As you know, Director Kathy Durst resigned from the Board to take on a temporary staff role as Director of Partnership Development & Special Projects.  In this role, Kathy was responsible for leading the evolution of the Foundation to meet future financial challenges.  Director Lisa Gamble, who was featured in our “Summer 2017” Sharing and Caring newsletter, has had to leave the Board for health reasons.  On behalf of myself, the Foundation Staff and Board of Directors, we thank them both for their significant contributions to the Foundation and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.

We welcome two new members to the BPHSF Board of Directors, Eric Robinson, a local businessman and entrepreneur and Joanne Germann, Wiarton Hospital Auxiliary Past President and new representative to the Board. The Board of Directors is very pleased with the addition of these two individuals as each brings their own special skills and we look forward to working with them in the future.

Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation is in the process of reviewing our goals, priorities and methods of attaining the funding required to meet the anticipated increased financial needs of our community hospitals.  We trust that you, our valued donors, volunteers and partners continue with your support which is essential to our success. Thank you for everything you have done in the past and for everything you will do in the future to help us “Keep Good Health Care Close To Home”.

                                                                                                         Ralph Sprague, Chair of BPHS Foundation


Spring 2017

Wow! You did it!  Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation volunteers, staff and Board of Directors thank you, our donors!  You have helped us meet what seemed like an unreachable target of over $1,000,000!  Our Foundation received two very generous legacy gifts this year which were instrumental in our meeting this goal.  BPHSF will continue to look for opportunities in this area of legacy giving to aid in addressing anticipated challenges in the future.  Thanks to our community’s generosity, capital upgrades to furnishings and equipment in the Owen Sound Regional Hospital, the Lion’s Head Hospital and the Wiarton Hospital have been met for the year just ended.

The current financial environment facing our local hospitals continues to be a challenge.  Healthcare funding provided by the Ministry of Health through the Southwest Local Healthcare Integrated Network (LHIN) uses a new funding model.  This approach favours hospitals serving regions with fast growing populations but creates additional difficulties for hospitals serving rural communities.  In July 2016, Grey Bruce Health Services undertook a program called “Transformation Action Plan – Back to Balance” to address this reality.  The program has been successful in reducing costs and expenses throughout this year but there is still more to be done.

Did you know that Healthcare Chaplaincy is provided in both the Lion’s Head and Wiarton Hospitals through funding provided by BPHS Foundation?

There is a change in our Foundation office staff; Tiffany Robbins has tendered her resignation effective Friday, April 28th, 2017.  Tiffany received an offer of employment that she could not refuse.  While we are sad to see Tiffany go, we are pleased that she has been given this opportunity.  We will miss her enthusiasm, her dedication to her work, her computer and social networking skills as well as her smiling face. We wish Tiffany and her family all the very best with this new chapter in their lives.

The financial needs of our hospitals grow annually and we are grateful for your contributions, financial or otherwise.  On behalf of Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation staff and Board of Directors I thank you all for your continued support and for all that you do to assist us in keeping “good health care close to home”.

Ralph Sprague, Chair of BPHS Foundation