On June 7, 2021 the two County Hospitals – Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) and Campbellford Memorial Hospital (CMH) – asked County Council to grant them $1M annually for 10 years. It would be divided 75% to NHH and 25% to CMH. A special meeting was convened on September 29 to discuss the request but County Council asked for more information. The next step was that the Hospitals made a revised proposal on October 7 which changed the request to 1% of the County levy annually over an 8 year period. This is estimated to be a minimum of $5.9M. The money would be used for capital equipment and not for operations or interest. There is no mandate from the Province to provide any funding to Hospitals but there are other municipalities that do.
The request to County Council is part of community fundraising campaigns for the two hospitals with a combined goal of $28 million over the next five years to meet immediate needs. The NHH Foundation has indicated that this is the largest fundraising campaign in the hospital’s history. They have approached the County to support these efforts.
At the Council meeting on October 20, the revised grant was considered but Council requested that staff provide financial modeling information to support a decision, and they will further consider this revised request at a special meeting on November 4, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.
One of the questions asked by Councillors was an assessment of the economic impact of community hospitals but there is little data showing any impact other than attracting residents to retirement communities.
Another request was to provide an indication of what the money would be spent on. The only specific provided so far is that NHH wants an Epic System which is software to access, organize, store and share electronic medical records.
More details are available in a Staff Report provided by NHH – see links below.
Maybe it’s time for the Province to not only pay for operations, but also to pay for Capital items.
The obvious impact on local residents would be to increase County taxes by approx. 1%.
There is no survey on the County’s “Join-in Northumberland Page” – if you want to contact your County Councillor to communicate about this, go to the County Council information page in the links below. Cobourg’s “Councillor” is Mayor John Henderson. MPP David Piccini’s email.
- Hospital Funding Request – Staff Report
- County web site page with meeting schedule
- County Council Information – including contact emails.
- MPP David Piccini’s office