Riverside holds 30-minute AGM

Ken Johnston

Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc., which oversees the hospitals in Fort Frances, Rainy River, and Emo, as well as Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, held its annual general meeting last Thursday evening in Rainy River.
The meeting was attended by a handful of people, unlike years ago when arenas would be filled with voting members.
With little fanfare, several reports were adopted as presented in the 2013 annual report.
Riverside chair Michelle Marinaro highlighted the previous year.
“The year started with Riverside . . . welcoming its new president and CEO, Allan Katz,” she noted.
“Under his leadership, the organization put together a new strategic plan for the next three years,” Marinaro said.
“It is important to note that the strategic plan aligns with the province’s Action Plan for Health Care and the North West Local Health Integration Network’s Health Services blueprint,” she added.
Another big event for Riverside was the purchase and unveiling of a state-of-the-art digital mammography machine at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.
Dr. Phillip Whatley, meanwhile, spoke about staffing, including the addition of Dr. Joe Ennett, who joined Dr. David Singleton in Rainy River to resolve the shortage of doctors there.
Dr. Whatley also said steps have been taken towards a regional perspective on health-care delivery, with online regional credentialing for physicians, dentists, and nurse practitioners.
“This provides more consistent policies for professional credentialing,” he noted.
“We look forward to less duplication and improved efficiency of “paper” work, especially for medical staff requiring privileges at more than one site.”
The Riverside Foundation for Health Care welcomed a new chair this past year in Livia Lundon, who took over from long-time chair Deane Cunningham.
The Foundation is the fundraising arm of Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. and in the past year transferred more than $260,000 for equipment purchases.
It also celebrated the successful purchase and unveiling of the new mammography machine, raising $650,000 through its “Together We Can” campaign.
In other news, the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary’s 215 members celebrated six reaching the 30-year mark and seven reaching the 40-year mark.
It had pledged $60,000 toward the mammography machine to mark the organization’s 60th year.
The Emo Auxiliary celebrated its 27th year and pledged $15,000 towards the mammography machine, of which it has raised $4,000 to date.
The Rainy River Auxiliary also donated $15,000 to the mammography machine and held many successful events over the year.
And the Rainycrest Auxiliary turned 60 this past year, presenting several members with 25- and 30-year pins.
In his auditor’s report, Jon Evans of BDO Dunwoody gave Riverside two thumbs up!
Not only were the books in good shape, he complimented staff for smoothly switching to a new accounting system.
In the consolidated operating revenue and expense summary, Riverside had $40,919.793 in revenue and $40,747,749 in expenses for a surplus of $172,044.
The only areas of the corporation that were showing a deficit in the financial report presented at last week’s annual general meeting was Rainycrest, which had a $47,019 deficit (up from $42,830 the previous year).
With only two people applying for the three vacancies on the Riverside board, no elections were held at this year’s AGM.
Jan Beazley (Fort Frances) and Doug Robinson (Rainy River) were acclaimed.
To fill the third seat, a special resolution was passed to allow Norma Elliott to sit for another three-year term if need be.
She just completed three-consecutive terms (the maximum allowed) but will sit until someone else wishes to step forward and sit on the board.
Marinaro personally thanked outgoing board members Irene Laing and Larry Armstrong.
Finally, several bylaw amendments were passed at the annual general meeting, including changes to the vision statement, board composition, and quorum requirements.
As well, an Audit/Finance committee was added to the organization’s committee structure.
BDO Dunwoody also was reappointed as Riverside’s auditors.
The meeting adjourned just 30 minutes after it began.