Re­gional health ctr. gets $1.95 mil­lion

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - Nugget Staff

Nipiss­ing MPP Vic Fedeli an­nounced $1.95 mil­lion in new fund­ing for North bay re­gional health cen­tre, Fri­day.

this fund­ing will al­low the hos­pi­tal to con­tinue op­er­a­tion of 16 beds for 12 months this year (un­til March 31, 2019) to al­le­vi­ate pres­sures dur­ing ca­pac­ity surges that typ­i­cally oc­cur sur­round­ing flu sea­son.

“this will also help the hos­pi­tal con­tinue to deal with on­go­ing pres­sures cre­ated by the clo­sure of the 66-bed Lady Is­abelle longterm care fa­cil­ity in trout creek,” said Fedeli.

the money is in ad­di­tion to $2.04 mil­lion an­nounced last week to sup­port 26 tran­si­tional care spa­ces for the hos­pi­tal. that as­sis­tance is fund­ing:

• A 10-bed unit for high-risk older adults with com­plex needs who re­quire a restora­tive pe­riod in a safe place, with a view to re­turn­ing to a home-like en­vi­ron­ment within the com­mu­nity.

• A four-bed short-stay/respite pro­gram avail­able for overnight care in part­ner­ship with the alzheimer So­ci­ety Sud­bury-man­i­toulin North bay & dis­tricts

• A spe­cial­ized day pro­gram. Op­er­ated by the alzheimer So­ci­ety, it will have ca­pac­ity for up to 12 par­tic­i­pants daily, five days a week.

there is no time­line for im­ple­men­ta­tion of these pro­grams at this “early stage,” the hos­pi­tal stated.

Lady Is­abelle’s clos­ing has caused the health cen­tre’s al­ter­nate level of care (alc) num­bers to jump dra­mat­i­cally from 7.5 to 25 per cent, re­ported Paul hein­rich, the hos­pi­tal’s pres­i­dent and ceo.

In mak­ing the fund­ing an­nounce- ment, Fedeli said the $2-mil­lion in­vest­ment is di­rectly re­lated to Lady Is­abelle’s clos­ing.

“Some­thing needed to be done to bring re­lief,” he said. “When the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment closed Lady Is­abelle, many res­i­dents ended up by de­fault in hos­pi­tal and that caused tremen­dous pres­sure.

“We hope to have news about a long-term fa­cil­ity re­place­ment in trout creek.”

Lady Is­abelle was or­dered to stop ac­cept­ing ad­mis­sions on april 22, 2016, and its li­cence was re­voked the fol­low­ing year.

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