For Immediate Release – Halifax: The IWK Health Centre Board of Directors hosted their 2017/18 Annual General Meeting today. The event shone a spotlight on the past year’s accomplishments and provided insight as to what the health centre will focus on in the coming year. The IWK Health Centre’s 2017/18 Report to the Community, Better Together was released during the meeting and can be found at annualreport.iwk.nshealth.ca
“The past year has been one of challenge and change at the IWK Health Centre, but also a year of resiliency, accomplishment and celebration,” says Karen Hutt, Chair of the IWK Board of Directors. “The theme of this year’s AGM, Better Together, is a recognition of our, employees, physicians, volunteers and partners who always put patient care and experiences at the centre of everything they do.”
From co-designing care and care spaces, to seeking advice on quality improvement projects, the IWK viewed their services and redevelopment projects through the eyes of patients and their families. Together with patients, families, redevelopment teams and donors, they researched and designed the IWK’s new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The first phase of this world-class facility opened in April. Built with ‘our patients for our patients’, the unit’s leading-edge technology and private rooms allowing families to stay with their babies, is proof that we are better together.
“In the year ahead, we will be working hard to strengthen awareness of the IWK’s work throughout the region, particularity our expertise in women’s health services,” says Dr. Krista Jangaard, Interim President and CEO of the IWK Health Centre. “We are inspired by our patients, families and health care partners who have challenged us to take an even more active role in women’s and pediatric services in communities throughout Nova Scotia.”
A highlight of the event was a presentation by IWK patient partner Julie Clegg and her son Van Bernard, a patient at the IWK since he was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type 2.
About the IWK Health Centre
The IWK Health Centre is the Maritime region's leading health care and research centre dedicated to the well-being of women, children, youth and families. In addition to providing highly specialized and complex care, the IWK provides certain primary care services and is a strong advocate for the health of families. The IWK is a global leader in research and knowledge sharing, and a partner in educating the next generation of health professionals. Visit www.iwk.nshealth.ca for more information.
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