We are pleased to present Healthier Together: Our Journey Begins, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s first annual report. This report provides an overview of activities for the year ending March 31, 2016.
Nova Scotia Health Authority is focused on what matters most – working with Nova Scotians and our partners to achieve our vision of healthy people, healthy communities – for generations. Together, we are re-thinking how we organize and deliver our programs and services across the province to improve health. We are working to increase access to services, enhance the safety and quality of our care, and make the best use of resources. With IWK Health Centre and Department of Health and Wellness, we are planning provincially – based on evidence – to meet the needs of our population.
Our first year together has positioned us well to re-shape the health system in support of a healthier future for all. Compared with a year ago, fewer people are waiting for MRIs, home support services and long-term care. Strategies to help address a long-standing wait list for hip and knee replacement surgery resulted in the completion of more than 700 additional cases in fiscal year 2015-16. We continued to focus on developing a team approach to primary care. Our teams helped support the arrival of hundreds of refugees from Syria. Although our first year of operations was a year of transition and change, employees, physicians, learners and volunteers – with our partners – stayed focused on the health needs of individuals, families and communities.
Setting a solid foundation for learning and innovation was integral to our work this first year. Researchers now have access to a single research ethics board and the Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Fund. We welcomed more than 5,500 learners and had more than 1,200 active research projects underway. Employees, physicians, learners and volunteers from Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre, and staff from Department of Health and Wellness, also shared and celebrated successes and best practices through forums like the Quality Summit.
Our first strategic plan, Healthier Together, clearly defines our goals and priorities. It is our roadmap to build, grow and improve access and quality of health services while engaging Nova Scotians in creating a healthier future together. To that end we worked with partners to begin an important conversation through our Talk about health strategy. Hearing from Nova Scotians was a vital first step in helping us understand how we can together address the health challenges facing our province.
Across the province, we worked together to find efficiencies and share ideas, experience and resources. This allowed us to manage our resources more wisely and achieve a balanced budget.
Nova Scotia has a strong culture of volunteerism. This was evident in the time and talent contributed by the 7,000 volunteers who provided support in our facilities and programs, 41 foundations and 33 auxiliaries, and through our 37 community health boards.
The generosity of our communities continued to shine through donations to our foundations and auxiliaries. Collectively our foundations and auxiliaries contributed millions of dollars in support of our mission to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together.
We value the contributions and support of our employees, physicians, volunteers, board members, community health boards, foundations, auxiliaries and other partners in meeting our shared goals. Together, we are creating a strong foundation for achieving our vision. We are Healthier Together.
Steve Parker, Chair, Board of Directors
Janet Knox, President & CEO
STEVE PARKER, Chair
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Board of Directors
President & CEO
Nova Scotia Health Authority