Recently there has been some misunderstanding within the community about the long-term planning process underway at Quinte Health Care to determine the future distribution of clinical service across our four hospitals. We have previously announced that changes are coming as a result of the fiscal challenges ahead and that all areas within the four hospitals in QHC are being reviewed and considered.
We started our community engagement in May and June and indicated at that time that our focus during the summer would be on developing clinical options based on the feedback we heard from our communities. On September 29, the Brighton/Quinte West Health Services Advisory Committee will present their report to our QHC Board of Directors on what our Brighton and Quinte West communities are recommending to ensure sustainable health care services. In October, we will engage in further community consultation about the future distribution of QHC clinical services before our board makes some final decisions, hopefully at the November board meeting.
We want to be very clear that we are still waiting for the Brighton/Quinte West Committee's final report and at this point, we have not made any final decisions. We must review and analyze every option in order to ensure we are making informed decisions.
We understand that the people in our communities are concerned about the future of health care for themselves and for their families. We wish to assure you that our Board is committed to providing an integrated system of four hospitals, including four 24/7 Emergency Departments, each with inpatient beds and the appropriate diagnostics to support services.
We look forward to receiving the recommendations from the community engagement at our September Board Meeting.
On behalf of the QHC Board of Directors
Susanne Anderson – Orychock
Communications Consultant, Quinte Health Care
T: (613) 969-7400 ext. 2677