Riverside board to see new faces

Five people, including two incumbents, are seeking the four seats up for grabs on the board of directors of Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. at its annual meeting here tonight.
Vice-chair Craig Sanders and director Linda Hamilton both are seeking re-election against three others, whose names won’t be revealed until the meeting, which gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall.
Dave Barry is not seeking re-election to the board while Pat Giles (chairman) and Cecil Ogden are not up for re-election this year.
Meanwhile, the board is expected to elect a new chairman tonight as Giles is stepping down after four years at the helm.
The board also has created a new seat for a First Nations rep, which the Times has learned will be filled by Catherine Bruyere of the Rainy Lake Ojibway Health Authority.
“We’ve gone through a lot of changes in the past four years,” Giles reflected on his term as chairman. “In the first few years there may have been some problems but in the last year and a half, we’ve managed to make the capital renovations at Riverside to make everything run more efficiently.
“We’ve been happy to see Rainy River hospital get off the ground, and
we are eagerly awaiting projects to come around in Emo and then here,” he added.
“Overall, it’s been a good four years,” Giles remarked.
Other business on the agenda at tonight’s annual meeting will include:
•approval of 1998 annual meeting minutes;
•reports from Riverside CEO Wayne Woods, Chief of Staff Dr. Robert Algie, the La Verendrye, Emo, and Rainy River hospital auxiliaries, and auditor Jock Spence;
•bylaw amendments regarding medical staff committee and health records, and utilization committee and terms of reference;
•recognition of members leaving the board; and
•appointment of auditors.
There also will be time allotted for public participation although the deadline to make a presentation was June 5.