Join the board - you can change the future of health care

DEEP RIVER - For people looking to contribute to their community, serving as a member of a health care board can be an incredibly rich, rewarding, and meaningful experience.

To ensure that health care organizations meet the needs of their stakeholders, they need guidance and direction from the communities they serve.

The guidance and direction provided by volunteer boards is an integral part of a properly functioning healthcare system. Boards provide oversight to support management in discharging their accountabilities as well as assist in establishing strategic goals which help the organization uphold its mission, vision and values.

The Board which governs the Deep River and District Hospital, the North Renfrew Family Health Team and the Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care is looking to appoint Board Members with complimentary skills and expertise to act on behalf of our communities and be ambassadors for the organization.

There are opportunities for individuals to join as Board Members, or as Community Members on a Board Committee. The Board Committees seeking Community Member representatives are the Strategic Planning and Partnership Committee, the Resource and Audit Committee, and the Quality and Patient Safety Committee.

The Strategic Planning and Partnership Committee is responsible for ensuring a strategic plan and goals are in place with planning into the future. The Committee monitors external factors that affect healthcare at the local, regional, provincial and national levels as well as oversees the development of relationships and partnerships with stakeholders to address strategic directions.

The Resource and Audit Committee oversees the effective use of resources of the hospital (financial, capital, and Human Resources) and apprises the Board on financial issues/risks and recommends appropriate actions for maintaining financial viability of the organization.

The Quality and Patient Safety Committee is responsible for monitoring and reporting on quality performance of the organization to ensure that the quality of care and safety are at their highest achievable levels.

All Committees of the Board meet quarterly or at the call of the Chair, and the Board typically meets monthly – except for July and August.

Board Members are elected for volunteer terms of up to three years. Board Members sit on at least one Committee in addition to the Board itself. Community Members appointed to Board Committees are appointed annually, and joining the Board as a Community Member can be a great way to learn about the functioning of the Board before joining as a Board Member.

Join the Board to help ensure we achieve our vision of an excellent, compassionate health care experience, every time. Those with a deep interest in health care, a passion for patients and an openness to learn are invited to apply. Applications can be accessed on the DRDH website or by calling 613-584-3333 x 7100. Kindly submit your application to Amy Joyce before Monday, April 15, 2019.