Regional health ctr. gets $1.95 million
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Lady Isabelle was ordered to stop accepting admissions on april 22, 2016, and its licence was revoked the following year.