Nova Scotia Health’s annual general meeting marks a year of resilience

(HALIFAX, N.S.) - It has been a year unlike any other in Nova Scotia Health’s history. Amidst a global pandemic, Nova Scotia Health’s staff, physicians, volunteers, and learners have been challenged to adapt, innovate, and collaborate in extraordinary ways.

To acknowledge this, and other milestones, on Tuesday Nova Scotia Health is hosting its sixth annual general meeting, Stronger Together: A Year of Resilience.

“The theme of this year’s annual general meeting captures the spirit and steadfastness of Nova Scotians,” said Dr. Brendan Carr, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Health. “While the pandemic has required us to remain apart at times, it has also made us collectively stronger. Our health system has had to quickly adapt to meet the immediate health needs of Nova Scotians facing COVID-19.”

The meeting opened with the story of one patient’s COVID-19 recovery experience and how the ingenuity of our Nova Scotia Health COVID-19 Community Virtual Care Team transitioned seamlessly to the delivery of patient care.

The creation of the team and their patient-centred approach has meant patients with COVID-19, or those who have recovered but still require monitoring by a health care professional, are able to recover at home with the required medical support. Adapting and developing new and creative health care solutions has been a running theme of Nova Scotia Health’s COVID-19 experience.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on our collective resiliency as a province,” said Janet Davidson, chair of Nova Scotia Health’s board of directors. “As we start to emerge from the global health, social, and economic events of the year, we must continue to heal, adapt, and respond to the health care needs of the province. Our commitment to Nova Scotians is unwavering as we will continue to form a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable health care system that reflects our population and their health care needs,” Davidson said.

The board chair acknowledged outgoing members’ Vicki Harnish, Jaime Smith, John Rogers, George Unsworth, board chair Frank van Schaayk, Dr. Louise Cloutier, and David Graham. She also welcomed new members’ Stephen Augustine, Susan Spence, Mark Surrette, Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, Dr. Jacquelyn Thayer Scott, Dr. Rex Dunn, and Gary Osborne.

Nova Scotia Health’s 2020-21 annual report provides the organization an opportunity to recognize, celebrate, and give thanks to those who have worked so closely with our health care providers to ensure the safety and well-being of all Nova Scotians. Highlights from the annual report include:
Diabetes educators teaching about insulin with patients 'On the Go'
First Nations and Nova Scotia Health collaborate on COVID-19 testing
QEII Health Sciences Centre home to first female surgical robotics team in Atlantic Canada
Ride the Wave summer program helps youth with intellectual disabilities maintain consistency during COVID-19

Nova Scotia Health’s full 2020-21 annual report is available at: www.nshealth.ca/AnnualReport2020-21

Activist, writer, and spoken word poet Damini Awoyiga, is set to close the annual general meeting with a powerful and captivating performance of her spoken word poem, The Third Pandemic.

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