Letter from our Board Chair and President & CEO

Image Board Chair and CEOAs we prepared to launch Sault Area Hospital’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, outlining our vision and plan to move our organization forward in the coming years, we reflected on the period of immense change and challenges that have faced our globe, our nation and our hospital.

Over the past two years since the COVID-19 Pandemic was declared, our hospital has been in a constant state of change, and the Pandemic has challenged each of us in our own unique ways. Through our ongoing COVID-19 response, we have seen the strength and resilience of our society, our communities, our families, and in each of us who works in the healthcare system.

Our resilience has made us stronger. We have learned, adapted, re-created and innovated in ways that will expand and improve the ways we provide care in the future. Those lessons learned are reflected in our new strategic plan.

In the development of our strategic directions and priorities for the next three years, we consulted with our communities, partner organizations, patients and families, our staff, physicians and volunteers. What we heard in our consultation has reinforced the importance of the vital work we do.

We have developed two key strategic directions to help move us forward and one to help us ensure and reinforce the solid foundation that will help support us as we move into the future. 

Our first strategic direction focuses on compassionate person-centred care. Compassion, listening, and ensuring our patients, their families and caregivers are at the centre of the care team is of the upmost importance. This means we will focus on recognizing diversity, access and inclusion, and providing equity in the provision of health care for all. As part of this work, we will move forward with a primary focus on Indigenous Health Care. Additionally, we will continue to collaborate with all our partners and work toward a stronger and more integrated health system.

For our staff, physicians and volunteers, we have developed a strategic direction to ensure we foster a healthy and supportive organization. We know that by continuing to improve our workplace by ensuring that our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers are happy, healthy, well and safe at work and are empowered and supported to do their best work, they will be able to provide the best care to our patients, their families and caregivers.

In order to achieve these two strategic directions, we know that we must continue strengthening our operations, ensuring we build a solid foundation. We continue to focus on providing excellent, high-quality care, which includes exploring innovative and digital solutions to enhance the care we already provide. Our organization also continues to seek out opportunities to expand our research activity to help advance health care for our community. In an ever-changing environment, it is also important to maintain financial stability so we can continue to provide excellent health care into the future.

We were inspired by the feedback and input that our communities and partners provided us as we developed our new strategic plan. That input helped us plan our future to ensure healthy communities across the Algoma District.

We are excited to share the 2022-2025 Sault Area Hospital Strategic Plan. As your trusted partner in health, we are confident that we have developed a plan that will ensure outstanding care for you and your family.