Dr. William Hutchinson Award
Congratulations to the 2013 Recipient of the Dr. William Hutchinson Award
Congratulations to Elaine S. Pitcher, the 2013 recipient of the Dr. William Hutchinson Award. This Award was established in 1982 to recognize distinguished contributions to health services in Sault Ste. Marie and the District of Algoma. Dr. Hutchinson was an esteemed surgeon at SAH and a founding member of the Algoma District Health Council.
Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Elaine served on the SAH Board of Directors for ten years, the last five as Chair. Her years as Chair were arguably the most challenging and pivotal in the history of the hospital.
Under Elaine’s stewardship, the Board and SAH management team developed operating and financial plans to eliminate long-standing deficits, implemented best-in-class approaches to governance, developed a strong vision and strategic plan and built a stronger community presence. During this same time, Elaine and the Board oversaw the largest public sector construction project in the history of Sault Ste. Marie, culminating with the opening of the new SAH on March 6, 2011 – on budget and a month ahead of schedule.
Elaine’s leadership strength, relationship-building skills, extensive knowledge of – and contributions to – health care in SSM and the Algoma District, have been recognized with her recent appointment as Chair of the North East Local Health Integration Network, where she is bringing those same skills to benefit an even larger geographic region and resident population.
In recognition of her leadership and lifelong contributions, Elaine has also recently been honoured with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Provincial Leading Women/Building Communities Award.
“The Hutchinson Award is particularly special to me because it was presented by the SAH family,” says Elaine. “It is humbling to be among so many wonderful people who have impacted the health and lives of the people in the Algoma region.”
SAH salutes Elaine Pitcher!
Nominees for the Dr. William Hutchinson Award must be residents of Sault Ste. Marie/District of Algoma. Members of the Governance Committee are neither eligible to receive the award nor to nominate a potential recipient.
Criteria for Selection
The award is the responsibility of the Governance Committee of the SAH Board of Directors. The Nominee must have made a significant or distinguished contribution to health services in Sault Ste. Marie/District of Algoma. Selection of the recipient will be based on criteria contained in the nomination form (below) and includes the following:
• Innovation in Health Care Services
• Volunteer Service
• Community Involvement
• Demonstrated Leadership Ability
• Fostering of Teamwork and Partnerships
• Work-related Excellence
Sault Area Hospital will issue a call for nominations every February. SAH’s Governance Committee will review the nominations and make the selection. All nominators and the recipient(s) will be notified via letter by a specified date.
The award will be presented at SAH’s annual meeting which takes place in June.
1982 Dr. F. C. Hamill, Blind River
1983 Dr. Frances Mesaglio, Sault Ste. Marie
1984 Mrs. June Bauer, Hornepayne
1985 Mr. P. Edgar Buchan, Sault Ste. Marie
1986 Mr. Harold S. MacLellan, Sault Ste. Marie
1987 Mrs. Joyce Forman, Sault Ste. Marie
1988 Miss Joan O’Leary, Sault Ste. Marie
1989 Mr. Fred Griffith, Sault Ste. Marie
1990 Dr. William Robertson, Sault Ste. Marie
1991 Mr. Mario Bergeron, Dubreuilville
1992 Dr. David Gould, Sault Ste. Marie
1993 Mrs. Hilda Syrette & Dr. Thompson A. Ferrier, Sault Ste. Marie
1994 Dr. Harold & Mrs. Beth Trefry, Richards Landing
1995 Ms. Rosemary O’Connor, Sault Ste. Marie
1996 Mrs. Kim Sitzes, Dubreuilville
1999 Dr. Patrick Fyfe & Shannon McLeod, Sault Ste. Marie
2000 Mrs. Doreen Deluzio, Sault Ste. Marie
2001 Mr. Anthony van den Bosch, Sault Ste. Marie
2002 Mrs. Linda Watts, Sault Ste. Marie
2003 Ms. Marilyn Billings, Bruce Mines
2004 Dr. Hui Lee, Sault Ste. Marie
2005 Dr. John Kenneth Mohamed & Mrs. Cathy Shunock, Sault Ste. Marie
2006 Dr. David Walde, Sault Ste. Marie
2007 Mr. John Hollingsworth, Sault Ste. Marie
2008 Dr. Sam (Sante) Fratesi, Sault Ste. Marie
2009 Helen Ross, Sault Ste. Marie
2010 Dr. Dominic Tang, Sault Ste. Marie
2011 Dr. Kwok-Lock Lam, Sault Ste. Marie
2012 Dr. Susan Febbraro, Sault Ste. Marie
2013 Elaine S. Pitcher, Sault Ste. Marie
For further information on the Hutchinson Award, please call (705) 759-3601.