A press release was just received from Jackie McLauchlin-Welch, Director, Communications & Health Information Services for GBGH and has been quoted below, unedited and in its entirety.
Press Release Dated January 29th 2016
The Board of Directors of Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) will continue their public consultation sessions next week on Christian Island, in Port Severn and Elmvale at the same time work begins with physician leaders to review clinical service cut recommendations contained in a third-party report in order to look for in-house solutions that will best meet the needs of the community.
“We committed right from the beginning to share the report and listen to what the people had to say; we heard from about 1,000 community members in our first four meetings and decided after further discussion with our physician leaders we would take the recommendations that deal with clinical service changes such as OB, surgery, ICU and bed closures (#’s 70, 76, 82, 83, 84, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108) right out of the mix to be dealt with by them separately,” said Board Chair Ralph Befort. “The physician leaders have committed to taking a deep dive into the data we were presented with and come up with solutions and recommendations for the board that will address any quality and efficiency concerns that report raised.”
Coming up with the right plan for those services, said President and CEO Karen McGrath, is imperative.
“This operational review shed a light on a lot of areas that we need to focus our attention on here at GBGH; our OB program tops the list as we no longer have an obstetrician here so we need an option that provides for our community,” Ms. McGrath said. “I don’t think there was ever any doubt the board, administration, physicians and the community want what is best for our hospital and community.
“There are many other more tactical recommendations contained in the review that we can and will act on quickly to develop plans to focus on our culture, education for front line and leaders, looking at how we move our patients through our hospital and the possibility of the discharge clinic among many others,” Ms. McGrath added.
For their part, the physician leaders have committed to working as a group to present solutions and options for the board that will address both quality and financial efficiency concerns raised in the report.
“We are all committed to working together for our hospital and our community,” said Chief of Staff Dr. Martin Veall. “The physician leaders at our hospital have already begun their work and see this as a wonderful example of how physicians, the board and administration can work together to present local solutions.”
The review, in collaboration with the NSM LHIN, focused on key areas such as governance, medical staff, clinical services and the role of the hospital within the LHIN. The third-party review was conducted by Geyer and Associates over four months and included interviews and focus group sessions with close to 200 stakeholders both internally and externally and resulted in 108 recommendations.