Highlights of the Board of Directors regular public meeting

Moncton, October 16, 2018 – The Board of Directors of Vitalité Health Network held its regular public meeting on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in Moncton.

New Anatomy Laboratory at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC

Dr. Michel H. Landry, Director of the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick (CFMNB) and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Université de Sherbrooke, presented the benefits of the new Anatomy Laboratory of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC to the Board of Directors. An investment of $2.1 million, with equal shares coming from the Network and the CFMNB, made it possible to relocate the facility’s morgue and attach an anatomy laboratory to it. According to Dr. Landry, the new modern facilities, whose surface almost tripled, can welcome a greater number of students at the same time. “Students now have better access to anatomy activities,” he indicated. “The laboratory also includes a room for training and group meetings. The new facilities also allow for increased continuing education opportunities for physicians and other health professionals.”

Experience of Mental Health patients in crisis

As part of the patient- and family-centred care strategy, two workers from the Moncton area Mental Health Mobile Crisis Response Team described the obstacles and challenges that clients in crisis face when dealing with hospital services. According to Nadine Roy-LeBlanc, Mobile Team Coordinator, and Denise Fortin-Sergent, Mental Health Program Manager, stigma and discrimination related to psychiatric disorders seem present even among health professionals. Using the experience of a patient with psychotic disorders, they presented the steps taken to improve the approach and access to hospital services.

Hospital and community facility service delivery

The Ad Hoc Committee for Hospital and Community Facility Service Delivery of the Board of Directors, created last June, is continuing its work. It has been mandated to provide the Board of Directors with recommendations, advice as well as feedback on concerns and challenges faced by the Network in relation to hospital and community facility service delivery. The committee’s work is in line with the Network’s 2017–2020 Strategic Plan and Clinical Services Plan, all with a regional perspective.

Organizational performance – positive results

The Network announced its financial results for the first four months of the current fiscal year, i.e. for the period April 1 to July 31, 2018. The organization recorded an operating surplus of $1.29 million as a result of expenses under budget for the period. The Network is well positioned to achieve its financial objectives for 2018–2019.

The next regular public meeting of the Board of Directors of the Network will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 1 p.m., at the E. & P. Sénéchal Centre in Grand Falls.