As a valuable partner and friend to the BCHS Foundation,
we would like to share the following information:

In February 2017, Dr. Tim Rutledge was appointed by Cabinet as Investigator to examine and report on issues related to the governance and management at Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS).  The BCHS welcomed Dr. Rutledge and his team’s expertise in developing the recommendations in the report to ensure we are providing quality patient care at our organization.

Dr. Rutledge’s report has now concluded and is publicly available, on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) website.

As a result of this report, the MOHLTC announced it is recommending the appointment of a supervisor for the BCHS. The hospital supervisor would work with the hospital and government to support governance and leadership at the facility.

If you would like to view the MOHLTC bulletin:

MOHLTC Bulletin - Click here...

 

If you would like to view the full report from Dr. Rutledge:

Dr. Rutledge's Report - Click here...

 

The BCHS Foundation welcomes the report from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as it makes recommendations to ensure that patients continue to receive high-quality care at the BCHS.  As is mentioned in the report, regular operations within the BCHS will continue as usual and care will be provided to support our patients and their families. The BCHS Foundation is governed by a separate, independent Board of Directors with goals and objectives to raise funds to support the direct patient needs at the BCHS. We will continue to raise funds to support our caregivers and patients through the purchase of patient equipment and by investing in new and innovative technology at the BCHS to support our community.  We are committed to the responsible stewardship of funds entrusted to us by our donors, and to ensure they are directed where they are needed most at BCHS. Transparency and accountability are central to our organizational values at the BCHS Foundation, and the trust of our donors is paramount.

The BCHS Foundation is governed by a separate, independent Board of Directors with goals and objectives to raise funds to support the direct patient needs at the BCHS. We will continue to raise funds to support our caregivers and patients through the purchase of patient equipment and by investing in new and innovative technology at the BCHS to support our community.  We are committed to the responsible stewardship of funds entrusted to us by our donors, and to ensure they are directed where they are needed most at BCHS. Transparency and accountability are central to our organizational values at the BCHS Foundation, and the trust of our donors is paramount.

The equipment supported by donor dollars isn’t all “nice to have” – it is essential, much-needed equipment required to perform daily medical diagnostics and care for our patients.  Items such as Wheelchairs, Ventilators, Vital Sign Monitors, Glidescopes and even Critical Care Beds are all urgently needed.  Funding for this equipment is provided by generous corporations, community groups, foundations and individuals who care to maintain and improve our community’s health.  Ongoing support from our donors is critical as we facilitate capital investments for improved patient care at the BCHS.  Thank you for your continued generosity!

To learn more, visit us at www.bchsysfoundation.org

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the BCHS Investigation and The Ministry’s Report:

When will a supervisor be brought in?

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, has the intent to appoint a hospital supervisor. However, this recommendation needs to be accepted by the Lieutenant Governor in Council prior to a supervisor being appointed. At this time, the BCHS is awaiting further direction from the MOHLTC to see whether a supervisor will be appointed.

What is a hospital supervisor?

A supervisor would work with the hospital and government to support robust governance and management at the facility. These measures would help ensure sustainable and appropriate oversight of patient care and financial management so that patients continue to receive high-quality care.

What is the difference between a supervisor and an investigator?

An investigator is brought into an organization to review the current situation and ensure that hospital leadership is on the right track. A supervisor may replace some or all of the executive leadership of the hospital and the board of directors. An investigator works alongside the current leadership structure.

How many supervisors have been appointed in Ontario in the past?

Since 1981, 22 supervisors have been appointed in Ontario in the past. This has seen a slight increase in recent years. Right now there are currently supervisors appointed to Brockville General Hospital and Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

When does the supervisor start?

At this time there has been no decision regarding the appointment of a supervisor.

How does this affect the Board of Directors for the BCHS?

The board of directors remains in place at this time and continues to lead the organization.

How does this affect the BCHS Foundation board?

The BCHS Foundation is a separate entity from the BCHS Board, so the Foundation board of directors was not included nor will they be at all affected by the report.

Should you have any questions regarding the BCHS Foundation, please feel free to contact our Foundation Office directly.

Thank you for your ongoing support and advocacy,

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Kari Wilson
Executive Director
Brant Community Healthcare System Foundation
200 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON
519.751.5509
kari.wilson@bchsys.org

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