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Our Hospitals, Our Communities: Report on Hospital Care Surveys in Chatham-Kent

Posted: March 28, 2017

In 2016 Ontario Minister of Health, Dr. Eric Hoskins appointed a Supervisor under the Public Hospitals Act to take over the leadership of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, which includes the two Chatham hospitals on one site (Public General and St. Joseph’s) and the Sydenham District Hospital in Wallaceburg. Since his appointment, Supervisor Rob DeVitt has dismissed the Boards of all three Hospitals, hired a new CEO, and changed the clinical and corporate management. Decisions regarding the future governance, services and the physical infrastructure of the hospitals are expected. These will include whether there will be one Board of Directors and /or whether the local hospital Boards will be elected or appointed, and possible service changes for each site. Ultimately, there will have to be a longer-term plan for the physical sites – including some form of redevelopment for the Wallaceburg site. These decisions will impact the access to vital hospital care for all residents in our region for years – even decades – to come. It is important that these decisions be informed by the experiences and opinions of vital stakeholders in our local public hospitals – the patients, community members and families who rely on our hospitals for their care.

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