Mark Rizzo Chair, Board of Directors Page 2 Donna Cripps President & CEO Message from the Chair, Board of Directors and the President and CEO AnnualReport to the Community In 1890, Reverend Thomas Geoghegan, an Anglican minister, established a home for individuals with chronic illness. This home was named St. Peter’s. There were 14 beds and patients ranged in age from 14 to 78. Reverend Geoghegan wanted “…to provide a place where those suffering from chronic disease can have the medical care, nursing and nourishment that their ailments require…” On November 25, 1931, thanks to the dedication of Reverend Geoghegan and other members of the Hamilton community who cared for patients or served as volunteer members of the Board, St. Peter’s was formally recognized as a hospital under the Public Hospitals Act. Today, we are proud to carry on the traditions and the vision of our predecessors. Innovative approaches to care and focused research into issues affecting seniors and those with chronic illness are enhancing the lives of hundreds of individuals every day. While modern medicine has done a wonderful job in prolonging life, more people are doing so with one or more complex illnesses. In addition, our population is aging and the need for expertise in this area across the health care continuum is obvious. That is why St. Peter’s reputation as a leader in specialized care for seniors and those with chronic illness is transforming health care in our community. Aging and lifelong illness have an impact on more than just physical health. They affect the whole person – their body, mind and spirit. That is why getting to know the person behind the illness is what our health care system needs to do better. This is what we do best at St. Peter’s. Our mission – Enhancing Lives – is more than just words. We live and demonstrate it every day. Our high-touch low-tech approach to care, and our focus on research and education, have helped to ensure that seniors and those with chronic illness receive the best care, delivered by the most compassionate and talented providers in health care today. We understand that getting to know the person behind the illness is fundamental to being able to meet the needs of our patients and residents. In addition, there has been a subtle yet extremely significant evolution in our daily practice. While we may not always stop and think about our interactions with each other, our patients, and their family members, we are continually nurturing and developing effective relationships. This normal activity is in fact defining our philosophy of care - the way we deliver care and service, the way we work together as a team, the way we view ourselves and the way we embrace opportunities to grow and develop as individuals. This philosophy of care is called “Relationship Centred Care.” Relationship Centred Care is about personal values, strengths and attributes, achieving our full potential, but more importantly it’s about inspiring others and leading by example. Our amalgamation with HamiltonHealthSciences (HHS) will enable us to share our approach to care and the philosophy of relationship centred care more broadly. Our goal is to reach beyond the physical walls that separate institutions, community services and health professionals. We need to work together to provide the most effective and efficient health care system so that the needs of all of our community members may be met now and in the future. Through integration with HHS and as a member of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network, we look forward to creating a health care continuum that can serve as a model in our province and beyond. We are also committed to strengthening our partnerships with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, the HNHB Community Care Access Centre and the other health care providers within our LHIN. Our affiliations with McMaster University and Mohawk College will continue to support the training of future health professionals and the work of researchers in the area of seniors’ care. As we look forward to the opportunities ahead of us, we need to recognize those that have helped us get to where we are today. We would like to express our most heartfelt gratitude to all the individuals and organizations who have contributed to our success over the years – all of the past and present members of the Board of Directors, staff, physicians, volunteers, donors, patients, residents, family members, elected officials at all levels, community and business leaders, and partner organizations. We have truly been fortunate to be a part of such a collaborative, supportive and visionary circle of friends. The future for seniors and those with chronic illness is bright and we are honoured to be leading the way.
Enhancing Lives Together St. Peter’s Hospital is joining with HamiltonHealthSciences (HHS) to ensure that seniors in this region receive the care and attention they need and deserve. This amalgamation will enhance services for seniors and those with lifelong, complex medical conditions by creating a combined system that builds on the strengths of both hospitals. “Today, we are ensuring that St. Peter’s long tradition of caring and advocating for seniors will continue,” says Mark Rizzo, Chair of St. Peter’s Board of Directors. “This amalgamation will enable us to advance the mission of St. Peter’s beyond our walls -- to expand and strengthen our efforts to build a health care system that is well positioned to meet the needs of seniors and those with chronic illness today and in the future.” Indeed the needs of seniors will grow dramatically in the future. This region is home to more seniors than any other in Ontario and they will increasingly require highly specialized and dedicated health care services for their complex health issues. “The fact is our population is aging and, while modern medicine has done a wonderful job of prolonging life, more people are doing so with one or more chronic health conditions,” says St. Peter’s President and CEO Donna Cripps. “Through the sharing of expertise, knowledge and skills, patients will be the beneficiaries of care that is based on best practice, more effective use of existing services, and innovative approaches to care delivery. We look forward to sharing our approach to care with our colleagues at HamiltonHealthSciences. Getting to know the person behind the illness is what we do best.” A strong partnership already exists between St. Peter’s Hospital and HHS. The two organizations care for many of the same patients: approximately 84 per cent of acute care discharges to St. Peter’s Hospital are from HHS and approximately 75 per cent of St. Peter’s Hospital patients requiring acute care are admitted to HHS. “We want to assure our community that the identity and mission of St. Peter’s Hospital will be preserved. We will continue to position the care of seniors and those with lifelong illness as a priority in the future, and to secure opportunities for all staff.” In proceeding with amalgamation, both St. Peter’s and HHS agreed to the following: * there will be no job loss as a result of the integration * five of St. Peter’s current board members will join the HHS board * there will be a seniors’ advisory committee which will report directly to the board * the name of our hospital here on Maplewood will continue to be St. Peter’s Hospital * our mission Enhancing Lives will continue to guide our day to day activities at our hospital * our culture of understanding the whole person behind the illness will be shared broadly beyond our walls “We are proud of the excellent services and programs for seniors that already exist at HamiltonHealthSciences and we’re excited about having the opportunity to build on them and improve the care that seniors in our community receive,” says Barbara Sullivan, Chair of HamiltonHealthSciences Board of Directors. “We admire the hard work St. Peter’s has done over many years to keep issues associated with aging and chronic illness at the forefront of service, teaching and research.” “Coming together with St. Peter’s just made sense,” says HHS President and CEO Murray Martin. “HamiltonHealthSciences recognizes that the demand for an integrated system of seniors’ care is urgent. We look forward to collaborating with the experts at St. Peter’s Hospital and filling this gap in our community together. Our goal is to ensure the best support for patients, optimize resources and enhance access to the specialized care that our parents and grandparents need.” Donna Cripps will remain President of St. Peter’s and will assume other clinical leadership roles across HHS. “We will benefit tremendously from Donna’s passion for seniors’ care and her extensive experience in this specialized field,” says Mr. Martin. HHS President and CEO Murray Martin, HHS Board Chair Barbara Sullivan, St. Peter’s Board Chair Mark Rizzo and St. Peter’s President and CEO Donna Cripps at the news conference. Page 3