Notice about Georgian Bay General Hospital’s Board Meeting
Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Penetanguishene Site Cafeteria
Immediate Release – May 24, 2016
Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) would like to clarify questions community members have been asking about the hospital Board meeting on May 26, 2016.
The three committees tasked with looking at the 14 Operational Review recommendations regarding clinical services – ICU, surgery and OB – will be providing their reports to the GBGH Board at its meeting this week. The committees were struck in March to review the clinical Operational Review recommendations, propose solutions that address quality and safety and stay within the current funding framework, and bring their recommendations to the Board at the end of May.
At the Board meeting this Thursday, each committee will report to the Board about the process they undertook, the options they considered, and their recommendations.
As GBGH stated in past communications to the community, the Board will receive these reports at the May 26 meeting but will not be making any decisions at the meeting regarding the three clinical areas and the committees’ recommendations specifically.
Given the critical importance of these clinical services, the Board will need time to properly review and consider the committees’ analysis and proposals before making any decisions. The Board will, therefore, consider how to proceed with the recommendations this fall.
GBGH has not made any changes to clinical services since the Operational Review and the Board will not decide or act on any service changes in the clinical areas reviewed without communicating with the community first.
It is important to note that all proposed clinical service changes must also be considered by the NSM LHIN and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care before any final decisions are made, which is the process followed for all Ontario hospitals. During his recent meeting with the Mayor of Penetanguishene, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care confirmed that no decisions regarding clinical services at GBGH have been made and acknowledged the need for different long-term solutions to ensure the community’s access to critical health care services.
We would like to recognize and thank the committee members for their commitment to this process and hard work over the past three months for our community.
Director, Communications & Health Information Services