If you live in Comox and are interested in current issues and the town’s future direction, you will want to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Comox Town Residents Association on Tuesday, April 28 at the United Church Hall, 250 Beach Drive, Comox. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the meeting starting at 7 p.m.

Jane Murphy, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Patti Fletcher, St. Joseph’s Hospital Board Vice-Chair, will discuss one of the big issues facing Comox: The Future Role of St. Joseph’s Hospital. They will also provide information on the new North Island Hospitals.

St. Joseph’s General Hospital has served the Comox Valley and the North Vancouver Island for over 100 years, evolving over that time to meet the changing needs of the community. When the new Comox Valley Hospital is completed in 2017, it will take over the acute services. This is a big change and St. Joseph’s is examining the needs of the community to see how they can continue to provide non-hospital based health and seniors’ care services. Jane and Patti’s presentation will look at the challenges of creating a sustainable health care system and provide examples of innovative ideas to meet the needs of the community using existing resources.

The North Island Hospitals Project is the development of two new hospitals to serve the North Island; one in Campbell River and one in the Comox Valley. Slated to open in late 2017 these facilities will provide acute care services for decades to come. Island Health is using evidence-based design and engaging clinicians and physicians in the development of these hospitals to create the best possible environment for patients and families. Some examples of this design will be shared.

Jane Murphy has a Masters in Health Services Planning and Administration and extensive experience in health care management. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in adult and pediatric intensive care and has held senior executive positions, including: Vice President Patient Care Services and interim CEO at Langley Memorial Hospital; Vice President of Strategic Health Initiatives for South Fraser Health Region; and Interim Chief Operating Officer for Surrey Health Services, which included Surrey Memorial Hospital and Community Health Services in Surrey. Jane has also held senior leadership positions in the United States health care system.

Since moving to Comox in 1980, Patti Fletcher has served as an elected councillor for the Town of Comox from 2002 to 2014, worked for 27 years as Program Director at the Comox Community Centre and has served on many local boards, such as Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association, Comox Archives and Museum Board, Town of Comox Advisory Planning Commission, and Town of Comox Business in Action Society. She is currently the Town’s elected representative on the Comox Valley Regional District Board. She and her husband, Simon Brampton, have owned and operated a bicycle retail store in town for 27 years.

This meeting is also an opportunity for you to bring up an issue, nominate a director for the board and learn more about the Comox Town Residents Association. Refreshments will be served. So come out, learn and even take part in shaping the present and future of Comox.