New Policy Promotes Integrity Throughout Organization
MISSISSAUGA, Dec. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Ornge, Ontario's provider of air
ambulance and related services, is further improving accountability and
transparency by introducing a whistleblower policy.
"We are truly committed to continuous improvement at Ornge, and that
means everyone should feel free to come forward with concerns, without
fear of reprisal," said Ron McKerlie, Interim President and CEO of
Ornge. "Our new whistleblower policy will promote integrity throughout
The Whistleblower Policy is meant to help employees fulfill Ornge's mandate of compassionate
patient care with the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.
The policy will be implemented through the appointment of Grant
Thornton LLP - a leading Canadian accounting, audit and business
advisory firm - as the Independent Ethics Officer for Ornge.
As the Independent Ethics Officer, Grant Thornton LLP will receive and
track employee disclosures in a safe and confidential manner, and will
then examine and assess each disclosure to determine if further steps
are warranted. The firm has full discretion to conduct investigations
and make recommendations, and will ensure the complainant is protected
This measure builds on recent improvements at Ornge, including the
hiring of aviation executive Rob Giguere as the organization's Chief
Operating Officer, an improved patient relations process, the hiring of
a Patient Advocate and the introduction of a new Conflict of Interest
Policy. The Ornge board has also recently appointed Dr. Andrew McCallum
as its new President and CEO, effective Jan. 21, 2013.
Ornge, a not-for-profit organization, coordinates all aspects of
Ontario's air ambulance system, the critical care land transport
program, pediatric transport program and the authorization of air and
land ambulance transfers between hospitals.
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