CEO Corner

April 2020

We are all well aware of the infamous virus that is making headlines right now; Coronavirus which started at the end of December 2019. Currently, the Coronavirus has 1,039,922 cases; China with 81,620 and Canada with 11,283. Thankfully, 1,979 Canadians have recovered but we have 173 deaths. Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through: respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze, close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands and touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

We, as an organization, are taking all the necessary precautions to protect our employees, our patients and our families. We encourage everyone to be mindful of the common signs of infection, which includes fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. If you are experiencing any of these, please present yourself to the nearest healthcare provider. 

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting everyone around the world.

If you have travelled internationally in the last 14 days, you are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, starting the day you began your journey to Canada. Contact the local public health authority in your province or territory within 24 hours of arriving in Canada.

Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 2 metre (6.5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer

Thank you all for your collaboration in making sure everyone is safe and healthy.


In October 2019, we began the detailed work involved with the LHIN-led Optimization Review of the Hospital. The final Review report with its 20 recommendations was issued to the LHIN and the Hospital on January 31, 2020. The main outcome of the Review is that the Hospital has to reduce the deficit by $2.5M and the Province would have to contribute additional new funding to get the Hospital to a balanced budget position. There is also an expectation that the Province will work with the Hospital on other special funding that is needed to provide financial stability for the Hospital for some time beyond the current fiscal year. We are currently developing revenue generation/cost savings initiatives to address the Hospital’s $2.5M target. Information on the Optimization Review and our progress with the $2.5M target has and will be posted to the Hospital Intranet. Please check the Hospital Intranet for more background information on the Review, a copy of the full report and future progress reports.

Blaise MacNeil
President & CEO


Vision: Exemplary Care to Northerners

Mission: Working together with our partners to improve the health of Northerners.

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