THE SEA TO SKY CORRIDOR HEALTH CARE FOUNDATIONS TRI-BOARD COMMITTEE: A BRIEF HISTORY
In 2002 the Whistler Health Care Foundation received a grant for Board Development and hired a consultant to facilitate the day-long workshop. The boards of the Pemberton and Squamish Foundations were invited to participate to join the workshop. The workshop outcome was agreement to form a committee made up of representatives from each of the Foundation boards.
The mandate developed for the committee (Tri-Board Committee) was to work collaboratively to fundraise or lobby for health care equipment and services that would benefit all three communities in the corridor.
The committee met fairly regularly over the next three years. The groups’ major project was fundraising for the installation of teleradiology* throughout the corridor. Teleradiology is also the platform for Computerized Tomography (CT scanner). The need for a CT scanner in the Sea to Sky corridor had been identified for a number of years and this was a first step in the campaign to obtain this critical diagnostic tool.
Over the next two years the Tri-Board worked together to raise over $200,000 towards this million dollars plus Teradiology project. Once this goal was achieved the Triboard became relatively dormant, although each Foundation provided funds towards the construction of a CT scanner facility at the Whistler Health Care Centre. This facility opened for business in November 2009 and patients throughout the corridor are benefiting from this high tech diagnostic service.
Working together, each Foundation board developed an expanded mandate and revised their constitution/bylaws and protocols for conducting the business of the Tri-Board. A flexible formula for funding major projects of benefit to the corridor residents based loosely on community populations was also developed.
To date two projects have been funded following this formula – purchase of a C-arm x-ray machine for the orthopedic OR and funding for an ACL injury prevention education program for the young corridor athletes.
In the current financial climate and with health care costs rising to meet the needs of an aging population, Foundations are being called upon to make up the shortfall in health care funding. Members of the Tri-Board believe that if the three Foundations work collaboratively we can reach more substantial fundraising goals and assist in providing a high standard of care for all communities of the Sea to Sky corridor.
Prepare by Marnie Simon -Chairperson –Tri-Board committee
August 4th, 2011
*This technology would replace the film based, environmentally hazardous radiology system with electronic imaging and PACS (picture archiving and communication system). Benefits of the technology include networked access to images from any health care site in the corridor, reduction of staff exposure to harmful x-ray film processing fumes, better environmental practices and reduction of unnecessary patient transfers to Squamish or Vancouver.