BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF –
On June 28 Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) Board of Directors approved a number of staff recommendations related to the GBHS surgery program and initiatives to strengthen rural health care.
In a GBHS media release, board members reviewed feedback from hundreds of individuals and organizations, including staff, physicians, members of the public, municipalities, and Indigenous leaders before making their decisions on which hospitals would continue offering elective day surgery.
Currently, the elective surgery program runs at GBHS hospitals in Markdale, Meaford, Owen Sound and Southampton. The government-approved plan for the new Markdale hospital does not include surgery. Of the total number of elective day surgeries done at GBHS, 4 percent is done in Markdale, 5 percent in Meaford, 88 percent in Owen Sound, and 2.5 percent in Southampton.
“These are difficult decisions, and we are very grateful that so many of our stakeholders took the time to give us their comments on the surgery program,” said Mark Ostland, Chair of the GBHS Board of Directors. “During our engagement sessions, a number of suggestions were made on strengthening our rural model of care, and we have approved a course of action we believe will achieve that goal.”
The Board of Directors endorsed the following actions:
“All six of our hospitals are critical to the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors, and contribute to the economic vitality of the communities they serve,” said Lance Thurston, President and CEO of GBHS. “With this suite of initiatives now moving forward, we can focus on building the resiliency of our health care system across Grey Bruce.”
The full Board report, including further details on the above recommendations, is available on Grey Bruce Health Services’ website.
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