Hospital chairman has improvement plans in place

2016-02-11 06:00
PHOTO: SUPPLIED Pastor John Grubb the Chairman of Port Shepstone Regional Hospital.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Pastor John Grubb the Chairman of Port Shepstone Regional Hospital.

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PASTOR John Grubb, recently elected as the new chairman of Port Shepstone Regional Hospital board, says a lot still needs to be done at the hospital.

“Although the hospital has improved over the years there is still a lot to be done, building bridges of relationship with staff and changing the attitude of staff. We would like to see the staff more committed to caring for patients. The board will regularly visit the staff at their work station and observe the way they work with patients.”

Grubb said he is humbled by his new position.

“As the new chairperson of the board I am deeply humbled by the position. I also know that one person cannot do anything on their own - it is only with the team that we will be able to make a difference.

“God will help us achieve what we need to do to turn this hospital into a first-class institution. I’m also indebted to the exe-cutive management of the hospital, the CEO and staff for the friendship and co-operation I have been shown thus far.”

Grubb said patient waiting times are too long.

“One area of concern is the out- patient­ department. Although there has been some improvement the waiting time is still too long. The board will visit various clinics in the area to assess the way the clinics operate,” he said.

Grubb said it is the board’s responsibility to visit clinics and interact with the public.

“The aim of the board is to create a liaison between the hospital, clinic and the public, and we as the board assure the public that our doors are always open to handle any problems that might arise.

“The board will have a member in the complaints committee so all complaints are handled speedily and satisfactorily,” said Grubb.

He encouraged the community to work with the board to make the hospital the best in the country.

Grubb said however, that he is aware of the financial constraints.

“I am aware of the many budget constraints, but there are ways and means of overcoming them.

“The board, from time to time, will be knocking on business doors for sponsorships for projects that need to be done. Let us together take ownership because together we can make a difference,” said Grubb.

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