Major transformation for CSSS Memphremagog
On September 25th, Health Minister Gaetan Barrette tabled Bill 10 in the National Assembly, a Bill to modify in a major way the organisation and governance of the health and social services network, notably by the abolition of regional agencies.
Consequently, from now until the eventual adoption of the Bill foreseen for December of this year, the CSSS of Memphremagog and of the Coaticook MRC must now postpone the legal and administrative steps to voluntarily fuse after the depositing of all the required documents to the Health Ministry last September.
Under the proposed Bill 10, the CSSS Memphremagog would be fused with twelve other establishments: the CHUS, six other CSSS’ in the Estrie, all the read- aptation centres dedicated to vulnerable clients and the Centre Jeunesse.
The new establishment would be called the Centre integré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Estrie – Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CISSS-CHUS) and would be managed by only one administrative board, one president-director general, one assistant president director general and a management team. All the service points of the establishments in the Estrie would be maintained.
“We will concentrate all our efforts in order that our client services will not be hampered in continuing to offer quality services as nearby as possible to where they live,” commented Mr. Juby, the president of the administrative board of the CSSSM, wanting to reassure the population about the access to services.
Sylvie Moreault, the interim director general, also wanted to reassure donors to the Memphremagog Hospital Foundation: “Hospital Foundations are independent, legal entities with their own Administrative Boards and management. The Bill con- tains no directives for hospital foundations in the same region to fuse.” Regarding the budget of the future establishment, Mrs. Moreault commented that: “the spending will have to be done with respect to service programs as well as the needs of vulnerable clients.”
From now until the eventual adoption of the Bill, the administrators and the management team of the CSSS Memphremagog will contribute actively to the transformation of the network and continue to pursue their mandate.
The public is invited to attend the annual Rendez-vous of the CSSSM, on October 28th, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, at the Salle Bonheur, where they can learn more about the transformation of the health and social services network. Please register first by calling 819 843-2572, extension 2929.
Jacques Juby, president of the Board of the CSSSM, and interim director general Sylvie Moreault, want to reassure the public about the proposed changes in the health system.