Message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Hôpital Montfort
It goes without saying that 2020-2021 has been an exceptional and exceedingly difficult year. Difficult for everyone, but especially for people in the health sector. In order to facilitate the work of staff members, the governance team at Montfort adjusted in a variety of ways, such as reducing the frequency of meetings, moving to a 100% tele-meeting mode, and prioritizing certain topics over others.
The year 2020 was obviously marked by the pandemic, but by June, another crucial topic also caused us to do some deep thinking. I'm talking about the Black Lives Matter movement, the impact of which has been felt around the world, including here in Ottawa. It was an opportunity to begin an introspection on our biased, often unconscious, actions regarding racism. Without hesitation, we extended the registration period for new members of the Association, specifically targeting members of racialized communities. Since then, I am very proud to acknowledge the addition of new members such as Roda Muse, who sits on the Board of Directors and has just been appointed Secretary; and Lynn Rivard, a member of the Governance Committee. We have also committed to adopting an anti-racism and inclusion policy.
The pandemic was not a reason to put aside excellence at Montfort! The hospital and its members have received several awards over the past year, including
- The Provincial Organ Donation Conversion Rate Award from the Trillium Gift of Life Network;
- The Quality Improvement Implementation Excellence Award to the Surgical Quality Team for reducing the number of opioid pills prescribed after surgery;
- The CPA of the Year Award for the Outaouais region, presented by the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés, to Mélanie Dubé, Vice-President of Finance;
- And the Eastern Ontario Chapter Award presented by the Canadian College of Health Leaders to the CEO himself, Dr. Bernard Leduc.
We can't thank enough the people who do exceptional work.
I would like to acknowledge the great flexibility of all those who participated in extraordinary and virtual meetings in this "extra-ordinary" year to move issues forward and facilitate the work of senior management.
Of the 100 members of the Association, I would like to thank those who volunteer their time each month by serving on Board committees; Association members who are members of the Board of Trustees, as well as ex-officio members. You are truly ambassadors for Montfort in your daily lives. No matter what the circumstances, whether you work face to face or virtually, it is always a pleasure and a privilege to sit on a Board of Trustees made up of people who are as passionate, as committed and as respectful of each other. Each year, the issues are complex and often require long hours of work, but our discussions have always been constructive and respectful of each other's contributions. Thank you for your support.
I would also like to thank Dr. Bernard Leduc, CEO of Montfort; the senior management, and all the members of the Montfort team for their work and support; the Foundation, the Institut du Savoir Montfort and our volunteers; our partners and the entire community.
On behalf of our patients and their loved ones, we thank you.
Chair of the Board of Trustees