North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Continues Work on Access to Quality Patient Care

For People in the North Simcoe Sub-Region

September 21, 2017 -- Access to quality patient care is the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network’s (NSM LHIN) first priority for the people of the North Simcoe sub-region.

In recent weeks, Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) has indicated publicly that its Board has recommended decommissioning of its Penetanguishene site. The hospital closed the site in 2015 and transferred inpatient services to the Midland site; a few tenants remain today. The NSM LHIN has worked with the hospital over the past two years to consider alternative uses for the hospital property, and also provided consulting resources for this purpose.

A Ministry of Health and Long Term Care process for requesting approval for ‘disposing’ of a hospital building must be followed. This includes submission to the LHIN of a business case explaining the rationale. The NSM LHIN is currently overseeing this process in which GBGH develops and submits a business case. It will outline any impact on programs, services and human resources and mitigation strategies, and an analysis of all options considered. Following review by the LHIN, this information will be forwarded to the Ministry for Health for its review and final decision.

At this time, no decision has been made about the future of the Penetanguishene site of GBGH.  The NSM LHIN will ensure that any decisions are consistent with the LHIN’s vision and priorities for the local health system, sub-region development of integrated care, and are aligned with patient-centred care.

“Ensuring that patients and all people living in the North Simcoe sub-region continue to be engaged and have opportunities to express their opinions about their health care system is essential to the NSM LHIN,” said Jill Tettmann, CEO, NSM LHIN.

The NSM LHIN is aware that the Regional Kidney Care Program Simcoe Muskoka (RKCPSM) recognizes the importance of care close to home for patients currently receiving dialysis treatment at the Penetanguishene site of GBGH.  Any transition of dialysis services will require careful planning by the RKCPSM and GBGH to ensure a safe and seamless process for patients. The Regional Renal Patient and Family Advisory Council will be a key stakeholder in the planning process

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, as the Regional Centre of the RKCPSM, will continue to work with GBGH to ensure renal services in the Penetanguishene/Midland area meet all provincial standards/requirements.

 

For more information contact:

Jessica Dolan, Communications and Social Media Associate

North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN,

705-326-7750 x 243 Jessica.Dolan@lhins.on.ca