SBGHC search nar­rows

CEO re­cruit­ment task force hopes to have rec­om­men­da­tion in com­ing weeks


The search for a per­ma­nent chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for the South Bruce Grey Health Cen­tre is wind­ing down.

The board of di­rec­tors es­tab­lished a re­cruit­ment com­mit­tee over the sum­mer and hired a re­cruit­ing firm that is search­ing across the coun­try, said board chair Larry Al­li­son.

“The re­cruit­ment task force has gone through Round 1 in­ter­views and are now in the process of deal­ing with a smaller num­ber of can­di­dates in terms of Round 2 and hope to have a rec­om­men­da­tion to the board within the com­ing num­ber of weeks,” Al­li­son said dur­ing an in­ter­view at a board meet­ing Wed­nes­day.

The new CEO will re­place Paul Rose­bush, who re­signed in June. He left after six years to pur­sue a ca­reer in Toronto as the CEO of the Toronto Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety.

The po­si­tion has been filled on a tem­po­rary ba­sis by in­terim CEO Michael Bar­rett.

South Bruce Grey Health Cen­tre con­sid­er­ing in­stalling soft­ware on its web­site that would pro­vide up-to-date in­for­ma­tion about wait times in emer­gency rooms at the hospi­tal’s four sites, in Ch­es­ley, Durham, Kin­car­dine and Walk­er­ton. It would give po­ten­tial pa­tients the op­por­tu­nity see how long they might have to wait be­fore be­ing seen by a doc­tor.

“It em­pow­ers pa­tients in terms of their de­ci­sion mak­ing,” said in­terim CEO Mike Bar­rett, who noted that a num­ber things could af­fect the times posted on the web­site.

“In small com­mu­ni­ties you have very few staff overnight. If they get one se­ri­ous emer­gency, that can con­sume the staff for a con­sid­er­able amount of time, which would dis­tort the wait time as it’s por­trayed on the web­site,” he said.

“It’s great to em­power pa­tients with in­for­ma­tion. We just have to make sure it’s ac­cu­rate.”

Bar­rett said the in­for­ma­tion is up­dated on a real-time ba­sis. It in­cludes how many pa­tients are be­ing treated and how many are in the wait­ing room.

Bar­rett said peo­ple plan­ning to come to one of the hospi­tals need to know what is avail­able, such as whether the lab is open or avail­abil­ity of the CT scanner.

“Of­ten the CT won’t be run­ning overnight, we would have to call some­body in. There are a num­ber of fac­tors that we want to make sure are clear to the pub­lic when the in­for­ma­tion is posted on the web­site so we are not mis­lead­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

Bar­rett said he doesn’t think there is con­sen­sus on the board whether this is the right thing to do.

“But I know our board is very in­ter­ested in get­ting more in­for­ma­tion into the hands of pa­tients,” Bar­rett said.

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