Business Planning update, Dec. 5: Message from Amanda Whitewood to staff

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 3:09pm

On Dec. 5, Amanda Whitewood, chief financial officer and vice-president, Sustainability, sent the following message to Capital Health staff.

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to provide an update on the status of this year’s business planning. For the past several weeks, we have been working to identify potential ideas and options that may help us achieve the 3% reduction on next year’s budget. Last week, physicians and directors met to discuss potential options to minimize the impact on patient care and maximize savings.  And I have heard from many of you – as of this morning, I have received over 270 suggestions for cost savings. Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas – it is yet another reminder of your commitment to our patients, their families and the communities we serve, as we work to create a more sustainable health care system.
There are many steps left in the process before we get to April 2012, when our Board of Directors will submit a final business plan to the province for their review and approval. Late next week, we will be submitting some preliminary ideas to the Department of Health and Wellness. This is an early step in the process, that will be followed by many conversations with our government and district partners. We will need to gather more evidence, evaluate potential impacts and ensure that we do our best to minimize impact on patient care. During that time, you may hear some of those ideas discussed or explored further. It is important to remember that no final decisions have been made yet, and nothing is approved.
I, along with the Business Planning Committee, will continue to update you as new information becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions, I invite you, as always, to email me.
Kindest regards,