Board of Directors

Hamilton Health Sciences’ Board of Directors meets regularly between September and June of each year.  Members of the public are invited to attend the open portion of board meetings.  As seating is limited and to confirm date and time, please contact Adrianna Bogris, Office of the General Counsel at bogris@hhsc.ca at least 48 hours prior to the Board meeting.

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Message from the Chair

There is currently a national conversation on the sustainability of our healthcare system. And as I write this, I am keenly aware of the challenges we face, not only in my role as Chair of the HHS Board of Directors but also as a member of the community. Like many of you, I have felt the frustration and anxiety that come with rushing a loved one to the hospital only to wait for hours to be seen by a doctor who has dozens of other patients to attend to. This is only one situation among many that have become all too commonplace in healthcare today.

As Chair of the HHS Board, I am also confronted by the numerous issues that have contributed to the dilemma we find ourselves in. HHS is grappling with a complex situation that includes among other things: an aging population, increased healthcare usage, and shrinking government funding. Moreover, while many hospital organizations across the province are facing similar pressures, HHS is in many ways unique because of Hamilton’s demographic and socio-economic profile.

The entire healthcare system is at a crossroads and current circumstances call for an unprecedented shift in how we do things. The challenge is daunting, but HHS is in a distinct position to meet it head-on. The organization’s size, impact and scope of services are nothing short of remarkable. We are Ontario’s most comprehensive specialty care hospital system; a family of six unique hospitals, an urgent care centre, a regional rehab centre and a children’s health care centre. As a world-renowned academic and teaching hospital HHS is also committed to advancing excellence in education and research. There is no other hospital system in the province that provides the range of primary, secondary, tertiary care, research and education comparable to the scale that HHS provides.

Because of all this, HHS is able to draw on a tremendously rich talent pool with some of the best physicians and health care professionals in the country; leaders in research, innovation and learning. It’s the responsibility of the HHS Board of Directors to help harness these considerable resources, mining the talent and best practices found across our network of organizations, and consulting with other healthcare professionals and policy makers to find original solutions for what appear to be unmanageable challenges.

HHS must also continue to attune itself to the public’s needs and concerns, putting patients first and providing a consistently excellent patient-care experience. This is, and must remain the underlying principle guiding our mission. As such, HHS has conducted a multi-year public and stakeholder consultation to ensure a solid understanding of the needs of the community now and into the future. Through this process, HHS is proud to have released an ambitious and strategic vision. Our Healthy Future is a blueprint for the future of HHS. It highlights service integration and new partnerships with providers, patients, and our community. Significantly, our vision embraces a shift toward population health and preventative care as a key strategy for sustainability.

As we move forward with this vision, we will do our best to ensure that any initiatives or changes are as painless and uncomplicated for you as possible. That said, our healthcare system doesn’t just need change. It requires transformation, and the process of transformation can be uncomfortable. Sometimes things seem to get worse before they improve. We ask for and thank you for your patience and support.

I feel lucky to be able to work with an extraordinarily talented and caring group of people who are first and foremost members of the community, and who are committed to navigating future challenges with the welfare of that community in mind.

On behalf of the Hamilton Health Sciences Board or Directors, we look forward to continuing to serve you and providing Best Care for All.

Sincerely,

Julia Kamula
Chair, HHS Board of Directors

Committees

Hamilton Health Sciences’ Board of Directors currently has seven standing committees.

  • Audit Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Medical Advisory Committee
  • Research & Innovation Committee
  • Resource Committee
  • Quality Committee

Many of the board committees allow for community members. If you are interested in joining the board as a community member please contact Adrianna Bogris, Board / Committees Recording Secretary, Office of the General Counsel, at bogris@hhsc.caor 905-521-2100, ext. 76831

Board Meeting Schedule

Hamilton Health Sciences’ Board of Directors meets regularly between September and June of each year.  Members of the public are invited to attend the open portion of board meetings.  As seating is limited and to confirm date and time, please contact Adrianna Bogris, Office of the General Counsel at bogris@hhsc.ca at least 48 hours prior to the Board meeting.

Board Meeting Schedule – October 2018 – June 2019

Becoming a Board Member

Hamilton Health Sciences’ Board of Directors consists of up to 15 elected and five ex-officio members.

Each year, at its annual general meeting, a minimum of four directors are elected to serve a three-year term. Members of the Board of Directors must reflect the breadth, depth and diversity of the community. Equally important is ensuring that nominees bring with them the personal qualities, competencies and skills required to ensure that the Board of Directors meets or exceeds our community’s expectations.

To stand for election on the Board of Directors you must be at least 18 years of age and live and/or conduct business in the area served by Hamilton Health Sciences.

If you are interested in becoming a board member or would like further information, please contact Adrianna Bogris, Board/Committees Recording Secretary, Office of the General Counsel, at bogris@hhsc.caor 905-521-2100, ext. 76831

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December 8, 2016
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November 26, 2015
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