MPP Piccini Announces New Funding for NHH

At an announcement this morning at the Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH), MPP David Piccini announced $3.79 Million in new annual funding for the Hospital.  The formula has been revised so that this will continue in future years.  Bob Sanderson, Warden Northumberland County said: “By rectifying an historical inequity in hospital funding formulas, the Province is ensuring that the dedicated staff, physicians and volunteers of NHH have the support they need to continue delivering excellent care to local residents.”  NHH CEO Linda Davis was clearly happy with the change and said that “this announcement is a turning point in the evolution of Northumberland Hills Hospital” and  “We know all too well what our priority needs are. We have – until now – been unable to fully invest in them.”  But now the Hospital can.

MP David Piccini and NHH CEO Linda Davis

David said that the Province is “committed to ending hallway healthcare” and has noted the increased pressure on hospitals, especially mid-sized ones like NHH.  He said that “funding has not matched the budget”.  He commented that it was a real challenge working with the previous funding.

Also at the announcement were Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin, MP Philip Lawrence, some County councillors and County staff as well as a good number of supporters and hospital staff.  They all gave David a standing ovation for the announcement.

CEO Linda Davis said that “in 2016, NHH consolidated medical/surgical inpatient care onto the 2B side … but shortly thereafter patient volumes surged and what was envisioned as a manageable 36-bed 2B unit swelled dramatically to a 52-bed unit. This has not been ideal for patients, their families or NHH staff, but with our previous funding, we were unable to re-open 2A. Today’s announcement will allow us to do this, and return our 2B and 2A medical/surgical units to appropriate sizes better able to care for the high volumes of patients that we are now seeing while still – and this is key – maintaining a balanced budget. It will also permit us to plan for much needed improvements in our ED, mental health and ambulatory care programs, all of which will contribute to easing hallway healthcare for our community.”

Penny Baird (RN) and Dr. Andrew Stratford also spoke; Penny described the difficult conditions for nurses that would now be eased and Dr. Stratford was highly appreciative of the nursing staff and thanked Piccini for the increased funding since up till now “it has felt like re-arranging deck-chairs” but now this has “given us hope again”.

Bob Sanderson remarked to David that “you now know how to get a standing ovation”.  NHH Board chair Pam Went said the “NHH is an efficient hospital, and it simply cannot meet today’s patient needs or the needs of tomorrow without net new investment”.  CEO Linda Davis once again thanked Piccini and Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and said “You have listened”.

In June of this year, there was an announcement of an additional $1M in funding; I have confirmed that the $3.79M is additional to the $1M.  $4.79M is a big addition to the annual operating budget of $70M.

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Mark

I am getting tired of all these politicians ( provincially and federally ) walking out to a Podium with people taking time off work to stand behind them , to say say how great their government is by giving back our money us 🙄
The PST should be raised by a 1 % to give the health care enough money to work with

Paul Pagnuelo

Personally, I believe we should be thankful for the healthcare system we currently have in Ontario. Since I was first diagnosed with MG back in 1999, I have witnessed first hand the good, the bad and the challenges which have confronted the healthcare system across our country. Complaints of hallway medicine, long delays in scheduling for a CT, MRI or to see a specialist were commonplace regardless of where one lives in this country. Will we ever have perfect? Probably not. But I can say I have experienced a considerable improvement in recent times in more ways than one. I guess it depends on how one looks at things and personal experience. I had a heart attack in January and more recently was an inpatient at West Park in Toronto for a six week respiratory rehabilitation program. My personal experience over the past year at NHH, Oshawa General, Centennial Hospital and West Park has been nothing short of outstanding. My family doctor and specialists are excellent and are to be commended for all they do. The nursing staff I have encountered at each facility are compassionate and committed to improving the lives of patients. As I mentioned above, I recently… Read more »

Ben

So let’s get this clear, $4.79million today composed of $3.79 in an addition to this year’s budget and a 1.5% increase to the base budget for future years. The quote is taken from the MPP’s facebook post:

“Proud to announce $3.79 million in funding to NHH to address this historical shortfall and another 1.5 percent increase in base funding!”

In real terms then, and please correct me if I am wrong, this means that the NHH gets a gift and a guaranteed increase in the base budget. So when the money is spent this year on the NHH’s plans to correct deficit moves, i.e. deconsolidate 2A and 2B, what happens next year? Will the 1.5% increase be based on this year’s bottom line or has the Province accepted that the next year’s budget’s bottom line will be $3.79 million higher?

On another tangent, if inflation is greater than 1.5% next year NHH will be facing the same situation again next year – a budgetary deficit. In fact one could say if inflation is greater than 1.5% then this increase becomes a cut.

Art

That is great news , indeed. The NHH has really grown in the last 15 yrs, and certainly that applies to the much wider range of local medical and surgery services. Now with a better operating budget, the continuing Foundation and Auxiliary capital funding , maybe it’s timely to suggest that a priority be given to having a canopy (shelter over the area where In-Patients are exited.) For years, i have noticed patients, along with nurses, volunteers and family , having to help Patients into their transportation vehicles in rather very inclement weather! I know ‘hallway” medicine has to be a priority, but in the meantime, Patients should not have to go through such weather conditions when leaving the NHH. I don’t know of any hospital where this is the case and wonder why such an oversight happened during the original design. Recently, when picking up a family member on a very heavy rainy day, I noticed a bus loading a wheel chair person onto the bus’s ramp; it was terrible for both the patient and the driver. The driver and I chatted briefly about the lack of “cover” so maybe now is a good time to have this improvement… Read more »

Walter Luedtke

A laudable first step.
Many, myself included, have experienced the indignities and even horrors of ‘hallway medicine’.
But!
According to very recent report by the Financial Accountability Office at Queen’s Park the following dismal picture emerges:
The solution to hospital overcrowding are is more long term care beds.
The FAO report found that even if Ford delivers the 15,000 long-term care beds his government has claimed they MIGHT, the wait list will keep ballooning.
Four times that number of beds are needed — 55,000 more — just to maintain the awful status quo. What’s more, the hallway medicine crisis that has hospitals operating at more than 100 per cent capacity on a regular basis will go from bad to worse.
Ford is planning to slash long-term care funding by $34 million by next year, when the FAO report shows the Conservatives’ spending on long-term care will need to increase by at least $1 billion.
https://www.fao-on.org/en/Blog/Publications/ontario-long-term-care-program

Walter Luedtke

Seems that Cobourg folks are not interested in discussing an alarming report by a non-partisan government agency on ‘hallway healthcare’ and long-term care facilities.
Easier to down-vote the facts and shoot the messenger, even in a town with a way above cohort of Seniors.