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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Millions For Grey Bruce Health Services

Regional | by Claire McCormack  

Province makes $2.5 million boost official, but that may not stop day surgery changes.

It's official, Grey Bruce Health Services says it's pleased to confirm it will receive an additional $2.5 million in provincial funding for its 2017/18 fiscal year.

Hospital officials say it represents a 2.07% increase in funding over last year's amount.

It was recently approved as part of the Ontario Government's budget.  

Health Services President and CEO Lance Thurston says it's good news and the money will be used to stabilize their operating budget.

But that doesn't mean they'll stop considering the idea of moving day surgeries from Meaford, Southampton and Markdale to the hospital in Owen Sound.

Thurston says, "Even with this positive budget news, we must continue to look for opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our services and programs if we are to achieve and sustain balanced budgets year over year."

The hospital corporation recently finished an outreach to hospital and community stakeholders, including the general public, to get input on the surgery proposal.

Board Chair Mark Ostland says that input has broadened their perspective on the issue. He adds there's more than just money to consider.

The Board plans to make a decision on elective day surgery at its June meeting.

Meanwhile CEO Lance Thurston says Grey Bruce Health Services is optimistic the Province will make more adjustments to its funding formula.

He credits the advocacy of the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) for the Ministry of Health's receptiveness to their pleas for funding changes.

He expects a happy announcement later this year.

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