Ministry supports continued day surgeries at TMH - Funding to Community Health Centre for next steps in the development of a health hub
“Health care is an invaluable service in any community. Our government is working with our health care partners to ensure that patients in the region of Northumberland-Quinte West have faster access to the right care, now and in the future, health hubs and community hospitals are accessible, effective and integrated ways of delivering health care to the local community, and supporting them is part of our commitment to put patients first by ensuring they get the high-quality health care they need – when they need it.” — Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Day Surgeries at TMH: The Minister of Health and Long Term Care, the honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins visited QHC Trenton Memorial Hospital today to announce additional support to maintain day surgeries at TMH.
Earlier this year, as part of QHC’s 11.5-million-dollar cost reduction plan, the decision was made to move 2200 surgeries from TMH and consolidate them within the program at BGH. In April, the Minister requested “a pause” in that decision pending the report of the TMH Implementation Task Force, completed at the end of June.
According to QHC President and CEO Mary Clare Egberts, the Board and leadership team knows the quality of patient care at TMH in the surgical program is superb and the decision was strictly based on the negative funding impact of having low surgical volumes.
“The Minister is clearly recognizing the need to make exceptions to the way his government’s funding formula works to meet the expectations of our communities,” explains Egberts. “We are relieved to know that we will receive ongoing financial support to continue operating the day surgery program at TMH.”
Health Hub: The development of the new community health hub was recommended by the TMH Implementation Task Force, made up of representatives from local health care service providers including QHC and community representatives. In addition to the over $6 million in capital funding that has already been committed to build the new Community Health Centre, the province will be providing a planning grant of over $193,000 this year to Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre to complete the necessary planning work.
During his comments at the press conference today, QHC’s Chief of Staff Dr. Dick Zoutman reinforced the benefits of a ‘health hub’ model to patient care.
“It allows patients to experience a variety of health services provided in close proximity. It fosters a collaborative relationship between health care providers that can help to seal the potential ‘cracks’ in our system,” Dr. Zoutman explained. “Today’s announcement is an important glimpse into the future of health care not only in Trenton, but also for rural communities such as Prince Edward County where we are working toward building the new hospital to incorporate a model of collaborative health care services and is similar to the model that already exists and works well at QHC North Hastings Hospital.”
The development of a new community health hub in Trenton would bring services together to better meet the needs of patients in the Northumberland-Quinte West area. Once complete, the community health hub will benefit patients by providing more integrated services closer to home, including:
- Primary and ambulatory care
- Addiction and mental health supports
- Chronic disease management
- Health promotion
- Community support services
- Care coordination services.
“This announcement is great news for our community. The funding provided will help move us closer to our vision of a Community Health Hub – one that allows those seeking health care the opportunity to access their care in one location, and allows health care service providers to maximize efficiencies, reduce duplication and improve transitions in care.” -- Marsha Stephen, Retired Executive Director, Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre.