Important information from Eastern Health President and CEO, David Diamond
Please know that the leadership group at Eastern Health is committed to supporting your safety and well-being. We continue to work closely with federal and provincial organizations on pandemic planning efforts, as well as Workplace, Health and Safety, Infection Prevention and Control and other teams, within the structure of the Emergency Operations Centre to keep everyone safe. We are also connected in with the provincial government, through the Department of Health and Community Services, and are committed to regular meetings with unions to address employee issues.
Taking care of yourselves, your families and those around you is more important than ever. Please know that we are continuing to explore work for home options for those staff who are not needed in our facilities at this time, and will share more information as it becomes available. As the situation unfolds over the next days, weeks and months, I encourage you to seek assistance and/or participate in any of the following as you see necessary:
- Our Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) includes resources and coping strategies are identified on the Healthy Workplace, Psychological Safety COVID-19 intranet page.
- As we practice social distancing and reduce gatherings of over 25 people, online LEAP training sessions are available:
- Occupational Health and Safety Department has been diligent in ensuring priority areas have been fit tested and staff feel prepared to manage COVID-19 should a patient present to one of our facilities. If you have questions or concerns, please speak to your manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank you for your support as we resolve the remaining issues from our past State of Emergency. We are pleased to have issued payments to thousands of employees this week as a result of that SOE. We will work with staff and managers to address any associated errors on the April 2, 2020 pay date.
Finally, please take care of yourselves and each other. We are committed to providing you with timely and reliable information to ensure we meet the needs of our communities. Maintaining a healthy workforce will be more important than ever in the coming weeks.
Please report all potential communicable diseases, including respiratory illnesses, to the Central Occupational Health contact number at (709) 777-7777, line 3, then line 2. Hours of operation have been extended from Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If the line is closed, employees should use the online self-assessment tool or call 811.