At the Northumberland Hills Hospital this morning, M.P.P. David Piccini announced that the Province will be providing $242,000 in “surge funding” to provide four extra beds to help eliminate hallway treatment during the flu season (that’s likely until the Spring). David said that “one patient treated in a hallway is one patient too many” and “this move will reduce the strain on the health care system in advance of the upcoming flu season.” In introducing David, NHH CEO Linda Davis said that just this morning, there were 11 people in the Emergency Department waiting for an inpatient bed. The total bed count of the Hospital will increase (albeit temporarily) from 108 to 112. Also announced was additional Province wide funding for long-term care beds.
In the photo at right is NHH CEO Linda Davis with M.P.P. David Piccini. The announcement was well attended with County Warden John Logel there together with Mayor John Henderson, Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin, councillors Adam Bureau and Brian Darling. Newly elected councillor Larry Williamson represented Hamilton. In attendance were NHH Board chair Dr. Beth Selby, several Foundation board members and there was good media coverage. See the photos below.