Dead­line ex­tended for BCHS com­mit­tee

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The Brant Com­mu­nity Health­care Sys­tem is ex­tend­ing the dead­line to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions to the new 12-mem­ber com­mu­nity en­gage­ment com­mit­tee.

The new dead­line is Nov. 30. The old dead­line was Nov. 17.

“While we al­ready have some ex­cel­lent ap­pli­cants, we do want to en­sure that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble have time to con­sider this im­por­tant vol­un­teer com­mit­ment,” said BCHS su­per­vi­sor Bon­nie Adam­son.

Adam­son said that the City of Brant­ford and Brant County each will ap­point a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the com­mit­tee around the end of Novem­ber. “So, it makes sense to ex­tend the dead­line for other ap­pli­cants as well,” she said.

The BCHS vol­un­teer as­so­ci­a­tion and foun­da­tion boards also will each ap­point a mem­ber to the com­mit­tee, while Adam­son will ap­point eight pub­lic mem­bers af­ter the ap­pli­ca­tion and in­ter­view process.

Mem­bers will be ap­pointed for at least a one-year term and the com­mit­tee’s man­date will be re-ex­am­ined once a new hos­pi­tal board and per­ma­nent CEO are in place, which likely will be in 2018.

This com­mit­tee will as­sist Adam­son and in­terim CEO Dr. Glenn Bartlett to un­der­stand health ser­vice needs of the com­mu­ni­ties served by BCHS, which op­er­ates Brant­ford Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and the Wil­lett ur­gent care cen­tre in Paris.

Adam­son said the com­mit­tee will ad­vise on strate­gies to en­gage com­mu­nity lead­ers and groups and pro­vide per­spec­tives on cur­rent and new is­sues af­fect­ing the sys­tem, among other things.

Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment com­mit­tee mem­bers must be able to at­tend up to six meet­ings within a 12-month pe­riod.

Ap­pli­cants must be at least 18, live in Brant­ford or Brant County, have a sound knowl­edge of their com­mu­nity and a strong in­ter­est in health care. Cur­rent or for­mer em­ploy­ees of the health sys­tem or its foun­da­tion and cur­rent or for­mer mem­bers of the sys­tem’s pro­fes­sional staff and their im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers are not el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply. Nei­ther is any­one who works, or has worked, in health care else­where.

To ap­ply send a let­ter de­scrib­ing why you want to be a com­mit­tee mem­ber and your em­ploy­ment his­tory to Adam­son by email at com­mu­ni­ca­tions@bch­sys.org or by reg­u­lar mail to 200 Ter­race Hill St., Brant­ford, N3R 1G9.

All ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­knowl­edged.

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Bon­nie Adam­son

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