On October 4, 2021, the GBGH Foundation’s Hartog-Robillard Advisory Committee presented the annual Robbert Hartog Health Innovation Award to two deserving individuals from Georgian Bay General Hospital. Alysya (Aly) Wang and Lynne-Marie Culliton were recognized for their outstanding achievements which demonstrate the values of Robbert Hartog, who worked tirelessly on behalf of Georgian Bay General Hospital and the Foundation.
Established by the GBGH Foundation in 2009, the $5,000 award is shared between the winners toward furthering their professional learning and development.
“There are so many exceptional people at Georgian Bay General Hospital who are deserving of recognition, and this year’s recipients are outstanding,” says Lyn Wolfhard, chair, Hartog-Robillard Advisory Committee. “These are women who add value to the organization by increasing efficiency, effectiveness, and improving the patient experience at GBGH. I am honoured to present the award this year to Alysya and Lynne-Marie.”
Alysya Wang, project manager at GBGH, is recognized this year for her skills, knowledge, willingness to help others, and dedication to the hospital and community through the COVID-19 pandemic and the CARE4 (health information system) Project.
“Aly has been instrumental in the launch, relocation and operation of the Midland COVID Assessment Centre through the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Julia Sek, director of patient care, GBGH. “Her quick and creative thinking has led to a number of innovative developments including auditing tools, streamlining document management systems and creating interactive tools to improve information flow for decision-making.”
Lynne-Marie Culliton, lead midwife at GBGH, is recognized for her commitment, drive and dedication to maternal, fetal and newborn well-being, as well as continuously being an advocate for patient needs with an inclusive and holistic approach.
“Lynne-Marie has continually worked to grow the Midland Midwives Program and the GBGH Birthing Program since she joined the team here in 2013,” shares Marnie Lightfoot, director of patient care, GBGH. “Under her leadership, the midwifery scope of practice at GBGH has expanded to include epidural management and our statistics for exclusive breastfeeding among patients at discharge has nearly doubled. Lynne-Marie works tirelessly at finding avenues to partner with our community and to bring forth much needed programing, funding and services to our community to best support their needs.”
The GBGH Foundation Board of Directors, staff and members of the Hartog-Robillard Advisory committee extend their sincere congratulations and heartfelt thanks to this year’s recipients.