SAH Welcomes Five New Board Members and Names Hutchinson Award Recipient

Posted June 29 2011 12:11pm

Sault Area Hospital (SAH) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) this evening, welcoming five new board members and paying tribute to five departing Directors. With the opening of the new SAH this year, Renaissance was a fitting theme for the event.


In her remarks, Board Chair Elaine Pitcher thanked outgoing Directors, Dr. Michael Nanne, Philip Virene, David Bockman, Joanne Dumanski and Susan Myers for their dedication during their combined 58 years of service to the Board.


The AGM also marked the election five new members, with Reg St. Amour, Gregory Peres, Frank Sarlo Jr., Debbie Romani and Donna Hilsinger installed as the newest Directors.


Immediately following the AGM, a special meeting of the new Board was held to elect Officers for the 2011/2012 year. Elaine Pitcher will continue to serve as Chair for a further one-year term, with Jamie Melville accepting the dual roles of 1st Vice Chair and Treasurer. Ron Gagnon, SAH President and CEO, will remain as Secretary of the Board (ex-officio).

The meeting concluded with the much-anticipated presentation of the prestigious Dr. William Hutchinson Award for 2011, recognizing distinguished contributions to health care in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma. SAH and the Board congratulate this year’s recipient, Dr. Kwok-Lock Lam.

Dr. Lam is a well-known Pediatrician who has dedicated more than 30 years of his working life to caring for fragile babies and children. He began working in Sault Ste. Marie in 1977 and his legacy has continued throughout the decades. Dr. Lam was a pioneer in his field, establishing the neonatal intensive care unit at SAH, educating nursing staff in this area of expertise and purchasing the required equipment.


Dr. Lam also served as Chief of the Pediatrics Department, participated in a number of committees and worked tirelessly as an advocate for babies and children. His expertise enabled families and newborn babies to receive care in Sault Ste. Marie instead of having to travel to other centres. Dr. Lam is known for having never refused a patient into his practice, always accepting out-of-town transfers and often personally going out on transport to retrieve critically ill newborns, including significantly premature babies.

SAH’s Board, staff, physicians and volunteers wish to congratulate and thank Dr. Lam for such dedicated service to the residents of Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma region.

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