The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors was held on 03 November 2015.

Senior-friendly Hospital (SFH) – Mrs. MacInnis explained this provincially-lead hospital strategy and presented the initiatives and the results which are reported quarterly to the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The goals of the SFH initiatives are to enhance the care of seniors and reduce their risk of functional decline during hospital stay, help get seniors back home sooner and healthier, improve ability for seniors to live independently and stay out of hospital, improve the use of healthcare dollars and reduce the number of seniors becoming Alternate Level of Care (ALC) in acute care by helping to transition seniors to the right place after a hospital stay.

Thank You Card from Dr. Cox and Family re Death of Mrs. Margaret Cox – This card was received for flowers sent at the time of Mrs. Cox’s death. Dr. Cox was the Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Villa for many years, and also a member of the Quality Improvement Committee.

Thank You Card from Mr. Tayhak Ly, Nursing Student – In this card, Mr. Ly sends this appreciation to the staff for his enjoyable clinical rotation at our Centre.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT — Ms. MacLennan indicated that a meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee to recruit a new Executive Director will soon be held.

REPORT FROM ADMINISTRATION — Mrs. Ruest’s report included Flu Vaccination, Good News Item (Inter-generational endeavour with St. Anne Catholic School – Junior and Senior Kindergarten class visits) and Census data. Also discussed:

Physician-assisted Death – The recently-published Physician-assisted Death Position Paper from the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC) was appended to Mrs. Ruest’s report for information. The CHAC is opposed to physician-assisted death in any form and had an opportunity to set out its position on physician-assisted death to the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervener in advance of the Carter v. Canada decision. The CHAC is now focussing efforts to influence, through dialogue and education, the public debate, consultation and discussion of laws and regulations during the period leading up to 06 February 2015. Our goal will be to enhance our Palliative Care efforts at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre.

Fire Emergency Exercise – A mock fire emergency exercise will be carried out at the Centre on 20 November 2015. The exercise is a requirement of the Ontario Fire Marshal, must be approved by the local Chief Fire Official, and must reflect a situation in which there would be minimum staffing in the building. This year, the scenario will be a night-time fire in a patient room on Macdonell House in Complex Continuing Care. Nursing students will pose as the patients in the evacuation.

Mandatory Staff Training – Four-hour education sessions will be offered during the month of November. Topics such occupational health and safety, fire safety, and diversity will be covered. All staff must attend one session.

Mission Week – Tea with the Sisters will be held 03 November 2015 at 1400 hours in the Gathering Space. The occasion provides an opportunity for fellowship and to give thanks our religious founders and local religious orders.

Annual Memorial Service – This memorial service on Friday, 06 November 2015 at 1400 hours will be for residents, patients and staff members who have passed away in the past year.

Management Fiduciary Statement – The Management Fiduciary Statement for the month of September 2015 was approved by the Board of Directors.

Parking Lot at 27 York Street — Work on the parking lot is progressing well. Curbing and landscaping are underway.

Financial Statements – Both operations forecast a surplus at year end. The Financial Statements for the period ended 30 September 2015 were approved by the Board as presented.

2016-2019 Long-Term Care Home Accountability Planning Submission (LAPS) – Mrs. Ruest presented the LAPS which is mainly a narrative description of the service plan for our Long-Term Care delivery for the years 2016-2019. The Board approved the plan and that it be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

2016-2017 Hospital Accountability Planning Submission (HAPS) – This draft document is due in November and will allow the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) more time for their review. The Board of Directors agreed with the assumptions for Revenue and Expense Inflationary Increases presented.

AUXILIARY REPORT – Ms. Payette reported that the Hospital Auxiliaries of Ontario (HAAO) East Fall Conference was excellent.

Tuberculosis Screening in Long-Term Care – The information has been received from Dr. Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health, and will be implemented. Centre policies will be revised accordingly.

Corporate Policy re Disagreement with a Physician’s Orders – This policy, revised to include the Nurse Practitioner, was approved by the Board of Directors.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) – Ms. Christianne Godard, NP has submitted her resignation, effective 01 December 2015. The recruitment process for a new NP will be started immediately.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES – The Centre’s Education Calendar for November 2015 and Governance Educational Opportunities were circulated to the Board of Directors for information.

The next regular Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 at noon in Jeanne Mance Hall.

Summary of the November 2015 Board of Directors Meeting