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.