Letter from the CEO
Dr. Homer Tien, Ornge President and CEO
On January 4, 2020, just two days after I took the reins of CEO at Ornge, the World Health Organization first signaled that there was a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown cause in Wuhan, a city in central China. At that time, a total of 44 cases were reported. One year later, there have been over 90 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally and over 1.9 million deaths. This seismic shift in the healthcare system in Ontario and around the world happened just as we began planning for the next chapter in our organization’s history: Ornge’s Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024.
While focusing on immediate priorities – such as keeping our staff safe, developing novel clinical protocols for transporting COVID-19 patients, adapting equipment, and importantly, contributing to Ontario’s COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts – these recent challenges have caused us to carefully consider our place within the provincial healthcare system and how we can best use our organization’s unique skills and expertise for the benefit of our patients and partners.
I am pleased to present our Strategic Plan 2021-2024 which will guide us as we stretch even further to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients and provide innovative approaches for better integrating care throughout the province.