Conrad Noel, SOS Chairperson
Email:  conrad@saveoursydenham.com or call or text me @ 519-359-6119.
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Important Information
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Posted Sept. 26,2016

As your SOS chair person, I have been asked as to what is happening with SDH.  So far, all I have  heard is that the interim CEO had a town hall meeting with staff at SDH.  I was told that the meeting was positive.  The former SDH BOARD has a meeting with the Supervisor on October 11th.  I will post the results of this meeting with him.

Conrad Noel, SOS Chair
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Posted Sept.14, 2016
FROM:  Conrad Noel, SOS Chair
Re:    ESLHIN possible sub LHIN’s
 
Please log on to the ESLHIN link and complete their survey.  It is important for our area to have a sub LHIN designation as the Sydenham Walpole St. Clair District.  Survey takes a little more than 7 minutes.
 

http://www.eriestclairlhin.on.ca/Community%20Engagement/Engagement%20Activities/Sub-Region%20Engagement.aspx

 

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Posted Sept. 14, 2016

LHIN looking into possible ‘sub-regions’
By  A on September 13, 2016 Current News, Featured Stories

The Erie St. Clair LHIN (LHIN) will be identifying planning areas, or sub-regions, within the LHIN as a means to improve health system planning, coordination, and evaluation, and ultimately to ensure that the residents improve their health status.

Looking to improve local health care

LHIN officials say this work will be done with the input of residents, patients, and health care providers to ensure that the system is responsive to the unique local communities within Erie St. Clair (ESC).

“While ESC residents can continue to receive health care wherever they need it, focusing on smaller areas to plan health service delivery makes sense: our region is large, diverse, and is a unique mix of urban and rural areas,” LHIN officials stated in a press release.

“We know that health care needs and the way we access health care services vary among people living in different parts of our region.”

With the goal of improved patient and client health outcomes, LHIN officials say sub-regions will help them to:

– Effectively plan, evaluate, and improve our local health care system

– Focus on delivering and providing access-to-care based on community needs

– Improve care coordination and support easier transitions for patients between acute, primary, home and community, and long-term care settings

– Improve population health and equity in health outcomes

“It is important to note that the sub-regions are not service boundaries and will continue to allow for patient choice,” LHIN officials stated.

Similar concept brought up in Wallaceburg

A similar concept was brought up by the former Sydenham District Hospital board back in April at a members meeting.

The former board outlined details of their new vision for Wallaceburg’s hospital during the spring meeting, which packed over 450 people in the UAW Hall.

George Lung, a former board member, said the board was going to request that Sydenham Campus be ‘reclassified’ as a small, rural hospital and that Wallaceburg, Walpole Island and St. Clair Township be formed into a new district of the Erie-St. Clair LHIN, which would have worked jointly with other healthcare organizations

LHIN seeking input

The LHIN will be hosting webinars to share more details on the possible sub-region areas and seeking input from the public on the concept of sub-regions.

The webinar dates are

– Thursday, Sept 15 at 6:30 pm

– Monday, Sept 19 at 10:00 am

For details on how to join the webinar visit www.eriestclairlhin.on.ca. Additionally, an online survey has been launched to collect further input. You can access the survey at www.eriestclairlhin.on.ca.


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Sept. 7

 

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Leadership Changes
 


CHATHAM-KENT: September 7, 2016 -- 
Rob Devitt, Supervisor of the Hospitals that together have formed the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, announced leadership changes this afternoon in the organization. Effective today, Colin Patey is no longer with the organization. Mr. Devitt would like to thank Mr. Patey for his service to the Alliance, Hospitals and Community. 


In addition, effective immediately, Ken Deane has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer. Ken brings to the organization significant experience in healthcare leadership including roles in the Erie St Clair Region. He has held the position of Chief Executive Officer at the Hotel Dieu Grace in Windsor and St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto. Most recently Ken served as Interim Chief Executive Officer at the Leamington District Memorial Hospital. Ken has a large breadth of leadership experience with a particular focus on transformational change having previously served as an Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and as a Hospital Supervisor under the Public Hospitals Act. 
 

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Contact:

Zoja Holman, Director, Communications & Organizational Development
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
519.352.6401 ext. 6065

zholman@ckha.on.ca 

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Sept. 1, 2016


Supervisor appointed for CKHA              
By          A Hall   on August 31, 2016 Current News, Featured Stories
Home > Current News > Supervisor appointed for CKHA
Rob Devitt

Robert Devitt

The new provincially-appointed supervisor has been named for the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

Robert Devitt, who served as interim CEO to help turn around a struggling eHealth Ontario back in 2009, will now be handed the keys to the CKHA.

Conrad Noel, the vice chair of the Sydenham District Hospital board, confirmed that Devitt has been appointed. Noel said the veteran healthcare leader has also already spoken with Sheldon Parsons, the chair of the SDH board.

Devitt recently retired after serving 11 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto East General Hospital.

Devitt has also served as President CEO of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Queensway-Carleton Hospital, a community hospital serving western Ottawa and the Upper Ottawa Valley, along with the eHealth appointment.

He served as a board member of Plexxus and as a director of Toronto East General Hospital Inc.

Devitt has a Bachelors degree from Queen’s University and a Masters degree from the University of Ottawa.

According to his biography on the University of Toronto website, Devitt is a father and husband who enjoys a wide range of activities and sports.

He is an adventure traveler having spent time trekking in many countries.

He also plays recreational hockey, runs, cycles, scuba dives, skis and is an amateur photographer.

Devitt has been appointed to assist a number of other hospitals in Ontario including serving as a Supervisor and Peer Reviewer.

Devitt will now be tasked with restoring “robust governance and administrative/clinical leadership to ensure sustainable and appropriate oversight of patient care and financial management” at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

This task stems from a recommendation from an investigator’s report by Bonnie Adamson, who was assigned to investigate the CKHA back in June.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, notified the CKHA hospitals of the province’s intent to appoint a hospital supervisor for The Public General Hospital Society of Chatham, St. Joseph’s Health Services Association of Chatham and Sydenham District Hospital.

Watch for more on this story.


– Photo credit: www.utoronto.ca


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August 18th, 2016


 

The Chair’s Message to Members

Investigator files Final Report

Hospital Supervisor to be named

 

WALLACEBURG, August 18th, 2016

After a number of months of no news on Hospital issues, we now have so much to talk about. It’s difficult to find a place to begin.

INVESTIGATOR FILES FINAL REPORT

Ms. Bonnie Adamson has completed her investigation and has filed her final report with the Ministry. Among her 15 highlights,  there are  three important statements in her report:

  • SDH Emergency Department and our Hospital is providing excellent care
  • Chatham Boards and CKHA administration acted in breach of the Alliance Agreement
  • Chatham Boards and CKHA Administration failed to act in good faith and failed to use best efforts to resolve governance differences

For anyone with a need to know more, go to any of the media outlets and you can read the report word for word. There is also a  link on the SOS website for the report.

MINISTER INTENDS TO APPOINT A SUPERVISOR

In response to the Investigator's Report, The Minister has given notice that he will act under Section 9 of the Public Hospitals’ Act to appoint a Supervisor. According to the Act, the Supervisor will have exclusive control over the powers of the Board(s) and the powers of the Corporation(s) that controls the Board(s).

That may happen as early as next Thursday.

These are the serious consequences that I spoke of at our April 19th Members' Meeting. The Investigator made reference in her report to current "best practices" for Hospitals to be administered by closed and not open boards. We do  not believe that this is justified in our circumstance.

SDH POSITION GOING FORWARD

·      We support the Minister's decision to appoint a Supervisor

·         We will offer to work in support of the Supervisor to ensure that Chatham-Kent and Sydenham - Walpole - St. Clair gets the healthcare it needs and that our patients are well served.

·         We understand our fiduciary duty to balance the books and will do everything in our power to bring the deficit that we collectively face at CKHA under control.

·         We will defend the rationale for an open board and resist any significant change to our structure

·         We will encourage the Supervisor to re-instate the types of service that can be provided under the small, rural and northern healthcare framework

 

Sheldon Parsons,  SDH Chair, 519- 359- 1969,  email to:sheldon@kent.net



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August 17th, 2016

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care  released on Aug. 17th, the Investigation Report submitted by Bonnie Adamson to The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins in regards to Chatham-Kent-Health Alliance.

 Here's is the link, through Sydenham Current, for  the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Supervisor's Investigation Final Report:  


Thanks to Aaron Hall for hosting this report on his website.
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SDH large documents:
Thanks to Aaron Hall, from Sydenham Current , our local online newspaper (www.sydenhamcurrent.ca)  for donating space and creating links on his server for our larger SDH documents.


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Posted July 1,

Message from Sheldon Parsons, SDH Chair

Wallaceburg, July 1st, 2016

 

An organizational meeting following the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Sydenham District Hospital Corporation was held on June 30th, 2016. Presiding Chair Fraser Burgess, Chair of the Sydenham District Hospital Foundation supervised elections for the position of Chair and Vice Chair for SDH.

 

Re-elected were Sheldon Parsons as Chair and Conrad Noel as Vice Chair.

 

In other business, appointments to various committees were made.

 

Directors Herb John, Rex Isaac and Kris Lee were appointed to the CKHA Mission and Quality Committee. Conrad Noel was appointed to the CKHA Finance and Audit Committee. George Lung was appointed to the CKHA Medical Advisory Committee.

 

George Lung continues as Chair of the SDH By-Law Committee and is joined by Herb John and Kris Lee. Conrad Noel continues as the Chair of the SDH Membership Committee and is joined by Rex Isaac. Both SDH Committees are able to nominate other non-directors to their committees for 2016- 2017.

 

Also in other business, the SDH Board approved a recruitment of an (Interim) lead Physician to serve the needs of the Sydenham Campus. Recruitment for this important position will begin immediately.

 

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Sydenham District Hospital was built in 1955. It was managed by a Hospital Board until 1997 when it joined an Alliance of three Boards - Public General Hospital (PGH) and St. Josephs Hospital (SJH) in Chatham and Sydenham District Hospital (SDH) in Wallaceburg. All three Boards maintain their individual corporate statuses but have agreed to manage a shared administration and an integrated hospital services system.

 

Media enquiries - Sheldon Parsons, Chair, SDH Board         519 359-1969

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Posted July 1,2016

SYDENHAM DISTRICT HOSPITAL BOARD

 

Internal Recruitment Notice

 

(INTERIM) LEAD PHYSICIAN

 

The Sydenham District Hospital Board requires a (Interim) Lead Physician to manage and coordinate physician staff, services and programs at the Sydenham Campus of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

 

The successful candidate must be a practicing physician in Ontario, have worked in a team environment and have knowledge and experience of both family and emergency medicine.

 

The (Interim) Lead Physician will report to the Sydenham District Hospital Board and coordinate with Chatham-Kent Health Alliance's Chief of Medical Staff and Medical Advisory Committee on all clinical matters relating to staff and services at Sydenham Campus including quality of care and patient safety.

 

The successful candidate will be expected to report and recommend on services and programs within the Sydenham - Walpole - St. Clair District that are required to serve the needs of patients and residents within the communities that the campus serves and that constitute expected services within the Small, Rural and Northern Hospital framework.

 

Interested applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest on or before July 15th, 2016 to:

 

Sheldon Parsons, Board Chair

Sydenham District Hospital Board

259 Margaret Avenue

Wallaceburg ON N8A 2A4

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Posted July 1, 2016

Provincial probe a massive job

Chatham Voice  Jim Blake

July 1, 2016

The provincial health ministry’s examination into the governance of the Chatham­ Kent Health Alliance has the potential to not only resolve the issues of the past and present but re­establish public confidence in how the CKHA is being operated.

To do so, however, it will need to examine not only the friction between the boards but also how the differencing levels of support for CKHA administration led to an unparalleled split which has rendered the organization an alliance in name only.

The relationship between the two Chatham boards and administration seems to be one based not so much on governance as it is devout reverence.

The relationship between the SDH board and administration has become one of distrust and a nearly total lack of communication.

The resulting fallout has seen administration introduce questionable medical rationale for its plans, publicly create an “us vs. them” attitude about staff, withhold information which

doesn’t back its perceived vision and leave unanswered allegations of a million dollars in funding which didn’t reach this community.

The SDH board publicly remains committed to working things out with the Chatham boards, something the Chatham board has called virtually impossible.

In a bizarre move, the CKHA recently spent nearly $10,000 on a post­card telling the community what a wonderful job it is doing. Most of the information had already been made public in the media, however, not apparently to the liking of CKHA top officials.

It was a vanity exercise reminiscent of CEO Colin Patey’s public assertion that he’s doing a “damn fine job” except it came with a hefty (to most of us) price tag.

At a time when health care funds are supposedly difficult to come by and the Alliance remains above average in administration costs, (although numbers have reduced) the CKHA also announced it had hired a nationally known polling firm to conduct a survey on Alliance perception in the community.

Given its well­ established reputation for promoting information it believes improves its image, and burying information to the contrary, the poll would be virtually useless without full disclosure.

If the CKHA is concerned about public perception, it needs to address some level of transparency.

Board members elected in secret meetings, the use of information as a weapon, an obsession with image, closed door lobbying, questionable appointments, a refusal to give staff credit for outstanding performances and more have led us to the situation we’re in.

Where is the will to lead us out?

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POSTED JUNE 30,2016

SDH Directors selected their own term appointment as Directors on the Board:

  • Herb John selected 1 year
  • Kris Lee selected 2 years
  • George Lung selected 2 years
  • Conrad Noel selected 3 years
  • Sheldon Parsons selected 3 years
  • Rex Isaac:  1 year
Election of 2016-2017 executive
  • Sheldon Parsons, SDH Chair
  • Conrad Noel, SDH Vice Chair

SDH Board Committee appointment:

Standing Committees
  • Membership: Conrad Noel- chair along with Rex Isaac+ other members from the community
  • By-laws: George Lung -chair, Herb John, Chris Lee + other members from the community
CKHA Committee appointments:
  • Medical Advisory Committee :   George Lung
  • Finance and Audit Committee:  Conrad Noel
  • Mission and Quality Committee:  Herb John, Kris Lee, Rex Isaac
*** Sheldon Parsons:  Ex-officio member on all committees
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POSTED JUNE 30,2016

   SDH sails on without Alliance

http://chathamvoice.com/2016/06/29/sdh-sails-on-without-alliance

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Posted June 30, 2016

Community Living OPPOSES ER Closure:

We are writing to express our opposition to the potential closing of the Sydenham Campus of the Chatham Kent Health Alliance, in particular, losing access to our 24-hour emergency department and supporting services.

We believe the elimination of our local emergency department to be a grievous mistake that may cost the people we support, our employees and our community their health and well-being.

Throughout our history, Community Living Wallaceburg has relied upon the Sydenham hospital and its 24-hour emergency medical service in our mission to assist the people we support to participate proudly in an inclusive community.

Access to these local health care services has ensured that the people we support receive excellent care; preserving their health, well-being and quality of life. Our Wallaceburg based organization, through our caring employees, provides an extensive range of services around the clock to a medically vulnerable population.

This population, along with the entire community of Wallaceburg, will suffer immediate and damaging impacts should we lose this essential service.

For our community, your proposal is the culmination of the systematic erosion of medical services in our area that we have endured for more than a decade.

It is our position that the people we support, our valued employees and the people of Wallaceburg, Dresden, Walpole Island First Nation and surrounding areas will be forced to travel additional distance to access emergency care should our ER be closed.

Your plan to increase the distance to access emergency services, in an area already disadvantaged by health inequities, puts our community in jeopardy.

Without a plan that ensures that a fully functional 24-hour emergency department is available within Wallaceburg, lives will be at risk. The current proposal to remove these essential services from Wallaceburg presents an unacceptable reduction in necessary health services and places little value on our residents need for access to vital healthcare.

The individuals that we support, our dedicated employees and our broader community deserve a fully functional, local, and independent 24-hour emergency department.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter and we trust you will revise your current plan in favour of an alternative that includes a full-service 24-hour emergency department in Wallaceburg.

Derek McGiven
President, Board of Directors
Community Living Wallaceburg


* This letter was addressed to Ralph Ganter, Acting Chief Executive Officer. Erie St.Clair LHIN, and also sent out to the media.

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POSTED June 30, 2016



Posted June 27, 2016
Message from Sheldon Parsons, SDH Board Chair

 

The Chair’s Message to Members

AGM well attended

 

WALLACEBURG, JUNE 27th, 2016

Between 250 and 300 persons attended the Sydenham District Hospital Corporation AGM on June 23rd, 2016. Held at the UAW Hall in Wallaceburg, members and public guests heard reports and voted on motions that approved the varied business of the corporation.

DIRECTOR POSITION REPRESENTING WALPOLE ISLAND BAND COUNCIL APPROVED

Members voted to endorse a recommendation for a by-law amendment to provide for a director position to be appointed by Walpole Island Band Council. "Keeping communication lines open with the Walpole Island Band Council and the Bkejwanong community is important and we are pleased that the membership agreed." said Sheldon Parsons, Board Chair.  At the meeting, members learned that Rex Isaac had been appointed by the Walpole Island Band Council.

SDH DIRECTORS RETURNED TO OFFICE

As an open Board, the Sydenham District Hospital Corporation elects its directors. Eight (8) members of the corporation submitted their expressions of interest this year to be considered for election to the SDH Board for 2016 - 2017. Congratulations to Herb John, Kris Lee, George Lung, Conrad Noel and Sheldon Parsons on their re-election. Earlier this year, members approved a system of 1, 2 and 3-year staggered terms so that directors up for re-election in any future year will not exceed two (2). There are five (5) elected directors.

A VISION FOR HEALTHCARE FOR SYDENHAM - WALPOLE - ST. CLAIR

Sydenham District Hospital (SDH) Corporation Members gave their unanimous approval to a VISION and DISTRICT proposal presented by the Board. SHORE Consulting was contracted to undertake a review of the proposal and a consultation with prospective partners. Shore's report was presented to the annual meeting on June 23rd. The Board will now begin the process of advocating for approval of partners and health authorities and discussing various options for funding of the project. "CKHA had earlier prepared a report for a similar project and it is the Board's intention to use as much of that study and report as is possible." said PARSONS. "The message from our membership and from our communities is loud and clear. The project must include a fully functioning 24/7 emergency department and have the capacity to accommodate future expansions as we repair the damage done by years of cuts and restore the services that a small and rural hospital should be providing to its patients and  its communities." he said.

BOARD ORIENTATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Elected and Appointed Directors will meet on Thursday, June 30th at 5:30 pm in the 2W Boardroom at SDH to elect officers for the next year. Other appointments will also be considered.

You can access the agenda for the June 30th Board meeting by going to the S.O.S. website http://www.saveoursydenham.com/. We want to thank the webmaster at SaveOurSydenham.com for their help in getting our message out to our Members.

Sheldon Parsons,  SDH Chair, 519 359 1969, mailto:sheldon@kent.net

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Posted June 27, 2016

From Chatham Voice:


Posted June 24, 2016

The SDH Chair’s Message to Members

Health Hub concept approved by SDH

 

WALLACEBURG, JUNE 24th, 2016

Following a meeting on April 19th of the Sydenham District Hospital (SDH) Corporation Members and their unanimous approval to a VISION and DISTRICT proposal presented by the Board, SDH contracted with SHORE Consulting to undertake a review of the proposal and a consultation with prospective partners. Shore's report was presented to the annual meeting on June 23rd and was approved in principle by all in attendance.

The Board will now begin further consultations with additional partners, with other members of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) and with the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to determine the proposal's feasibility and fundability.

NO DECISION ON SITE LOCATION

The report recommends a single site from which compatible healthcare services could be offered. "Site location would be a future evaluation and consideration" said Sheldon Parsons, Board Chair. The SDH Board owns the land and buildings at the current Hospital site at 325 Margaret in Wallaceburg. "It’s an underutilized and under resourced facility but it might not be suitable for a longer term capital investment" said Parsons. "The Board is open to all options." he said.

INITIAL LEADERSHIP TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY SDH BOARD

The consultant's report recommends that SDH begin the process toward approval and implementation by providing the initial leadership. "We have the backing of our membership and the communities we serve to bring the partners together to start the planning process" said Parsons. "We know that an early effort towards this same goal was undertaken by staff at CKHA and we will draw from that effort as much as we can so that we do not duplicate what has already been done. Our membership and the public have been very clear that any project or proposal must include a 24/7 fully functioning emergency department" he said.

PROPOSAL FOLLOWS LHIN AND MINISTRY OF HEALTH GUIDELINES

The recommended service delivery model for Healthcare in the Sydenham - Walpole - St. Clair District is consistent and compatible with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's "Patients First" policy framework and the priorities established by the local LHIN. "We know that this is the approach that the Ministry prefers for the delivery of healthcare services in a small and rural community. It’s the way that we keep our healthcare services local and close to home" said Parsons.

You can read the whole report by going to the S.O.S. website http://www.saveoursydenham.com/. We want to thank the webmaster at SaveOurSydenham.com for their help in getting our message out to Members.

Sheldon Parsons

SDH Chair

519 359 1969

mailto:sheldon@kent.net

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Posted June 17th, 2016

Elected board will direct SDH
by David Gough, Postmedia Network / Courier Press

Members of the Sydenham District Hospital will get a chance to elect the five people that will guide the SDH board of directors in turbulent waters over the next year.

The SDH members annual general meeting will be held at the UAW Hall on June 23 at 5 p.m.

The SDH board has been at odds with the two Chatham hospital boards about the vision of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. That rift forced the two Chatham boards (Public General Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital) to cease their working relationship with the Sydenham District Hospital board, as there has been differences of opinion on how the health-care system should operate locally.

The Chatham boards have also requested the Alliance agreement between the three hospital boards be dissolved.

Eight people have put their name up for nomination to become part of the SDH board of directors.

All five of the current SDH board directors are running for re-election, including—chair Sheldon Parsons, Kris Lee, Herb John, Conrad Noel and George Lung.

The other three who are running for election include; Douglas Cameron, John Cryderman and William Steep.

Voting will be at the beginning of the meeting. There are 539 SDH corporation members who can vote at the AGM. Members have to be present to vote. The general public, who are not SDH members, are welcome to attend as observers.

SHORE consultants, who were hired by the SDH board, will make a presentation on a vision for health-care in the Wallaceburg area.

There will be a question and answer open microphone session at the AGM as well.

At the AGM, the board will present their Progress Report to members to give them an update on all that has transpired over the last couple of months, as well as highlight their vision for moving forward and their vision for the future of health-care in Wallaceburg.

In the Progress Report the SDH board put together a compilation of comments and questions presented to them at their April 19 members meeting and to give that some context, they added their comments. Members should receive a copy by email. Hard copies of this report should be available at the Wallaceburg library.

The Courier Press hopes to have a link to the report on its website later this week.


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Posted June 16th, 2016

2015-2016 CHKA / SDH Budget



As soon as I figure how to insert it, it will make it available.


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Posted June 11,2016

LHIN appoints investigator to look into CKHA

Sydenham Current, Aaron Hall


June 10,2016

The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, has appointed Bonnie Adamson as an Investigator to work with the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA).  Bonnie Adamson, former President and CEO for London Health Sciences Centre, North York General, the Huron Perth Hospitals Partnership, has accepted the appointment and will be working with the three CKHA hospital Boards.

“We are confident that the hospital Boards will be assisted by the work of Ms. Adamson and that they will work towards mutually agreeable solutions. Ensuring quality patient care is our first priority; we have full belief that the CKHA boards will work with the Investigator to begin to rebuild public confidence,” stated Ralph Ganter, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Erie St. Clair LHIN.

The recommendation for the Investigator was initiated by the Erie St. Clair LHIN in order to ensure public confidence in the governance model for hospital services in Chatham-Kent.

Bonnie Adamson will investigate, evaluate and make recommendations to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on the proposed changes in governance and services at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.


More details from 1 p.m. press conference:

– The Minister of Health, Dr. Eric Hoskins, has appointed an Investigator to Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA)

– Letters were transmitted to each of the board chairs of the alliance approximately 75 minutes ago notifying them of the appointment

– At this time, the ESC LHIN and MOHLTC do not support the request to dissolve the current governance relationship of the Alliance

– All possible avenues for reconciliation need to be explored; in the best interest of patients and the community

– The recommendation for the Investigator was provided by the Erie St. Clair LHIN to the Minister of Health and= Long-Term Care, in regards to community concerns around the future of health care at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s sites

– In order to obtain an objective and independent third party review, an Investigator was proposed as the most appropriate recommendation at this time

– Following the recommendation from the Erie St. Clair LHIN to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, an Investigator has been appointed to work with the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

– This action will ensure sound management and governance at the Hospitals, and ensure there’s no impact on patient care quality for the community

-Appointing an Investigator will ultimately strengthen the Hospitals’ governance, accountability, and ability to deliver the best possible care to their patients

– According to the Terms of Reference provided, “The Investigator” will examine and report on issues related to the governance and management of Public General Hospital Society of Chatham (PGH), St. Joseph’s Health Services Association of Chatham (SJH), and Sydenham District Hospital (SDH) [known collectively as the “Chatham-Kent Health Alliance” (CKHA)].”

– The Investigator does not assume the authority of the current Hospital Boards or senior management of the Hospitals

– As noted in the Terms of Reference, the Investigator will: Identify new strategies and/or next steps to respond to issues identified in the investigation including a governance model or models for hospital services in Chatham-Kent

– And investigate, evaluate and make recommendations on the quality of service, the service protocols and the capabilities of the PGH and SDH Emergency Departments and the support relationship required of the SDH Emergency Department with the PGH Emergency Department

Next steps:


– Timelines with key milestones to be developed by the Investigator

– The Minister will receive advice from the Investigator

– Appropriate action will be determined following the review

– Information, if available, will be found at: www.eriestclairlhin.on.ca


More information:

– Here is a copy of the Terms of Reference for this investigation

– Here is a copy of the media briefing notes from the press conference held on Friday

– Here is a link to the full biography of Adamson




Posted June 6th

Message from Sheldon Parsons, Chair SDH Board


Wallaceburg, June 6th, 2016

 

Sydenham District Hospital (SDH) Chair Sheldon Parsons today announced receipt of a copy of a letter from Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister of Health for the Province of Ontario, addressed to the Public General Hospital Society (PGH) and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Services of Chatham (SJH) rejecting their application to dissolve the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. The letter further requested "all parties to continue to act in good faith and use best efforts to explore go forward options that do not involve the unwinding of the Alliance and termination of the Agreement."

 

"Welcome news" Parsons said. "We have been advocating that agenda from the day that the two Chatham Boards announced publicly that they were suspending all Alliance Governance Activities and privately that they were seeking to dissolve the Alliance." he noted.

 

"We were not informed by PGH and SJH of their application to the Ministry so it came as a surprise to us when we received the letter." "Not the first surprise from them" he said, "but it should be the last, if the two Chatham Boards follow the advice of the Ministry."

 

SDH will communicate with the Deputy Minister accepting his direction. "We agree that the interest of patients, residents and visitors of both Chatham-Kent and Sydenham - Walpole - St. Clair are best served by the boards responsible for the governance of their healthcare services, when they cooperate with each other."

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Sydenham District Hospital was built in 1955. It was managed by a Hospital Board until 1997 when it joined an Alliance of three Boards - Public General Hospital (PGH) and St. Josephs Hospital (SJH) in Chatham and Sydenham District Hospital (SDH) in Wallaceburg. All three Boards maintain their individual corporate statuses but have agreed to manage a shared administration and an integrated hospital services system.

 

Media enquiries - Sheldon Parsons, Chair, SDH Board         519 359-1969



Posted June 3rd


 

SDH Board Chair’s Message to Members

Save the Date – 5pm – June 23rd  – UAW Hall

 

WALLACEBURG, JUNE 3rd, 2016

Many things have happened since our last meeting and we will have a lot to update you on at the AGM. Please plan to attend and bring your friends and neighbours. It is an open meeting.

DISSOLUTION OF THE ALLIANCE

Well it seems that when you wake up each day there is a new surprise awaiting. On Thursday, June 2nd PGH and SJH Boards announced that they have given a proposal to SDH Board to dissolve the Alliance. Your Board has been aware of this proposal and has been preparing a response to it. It was presented to us in confidence and we assumed that it would remain confidential throughout the negotiation process. We were honouring their request. Unbeknownst to our Board, they now want the public to know of their proposal. We are in the process of preparing a response and hope to be in a position to share much more about their proposal and our response to it with you at the AGM. Dissolution is a very serious step to take and a very complex process. It has never been our Plan "A".

CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATIONS WITH ER AND FAMILY DOCTORS

Your Board has undertaken a consultation with ER Physicians to get their input on the proposed changes to the delivery of emergency services at SDH and throughout Chatham-Kent. Our VISION which you unanimously supported on April 19th proposes something much different and importantly includes a physician managed 24/7 ER. We wanted to find out what the physicians who work and rely on the ER here at SDH, think. We learned a lot from these consultations. Two significant issues that came out were that ER Physicians were not consulted as the senior clinical leadership claimed and that our communities continue to enjoy a good working relationship between the Wallaceburg site and the Chatham site. That is important to the delivery of quality healthcare services to our communities. You can read the whole report by going to the S.O.S. website http://www.saveoursydenham.com/. We want to thank the webmaster at SaveOurSydenham.com for their help in getting our message out to Members.

OUR STORY - OUR FUTURE (a progress report)

As promised at the last meeting, we have put together a compilation of your comments and questions presented to us at the April 19th meeting and to give that some context, we have added text regarding our story and our future.  This is an important read and is being sent separately to Members. Hard copies of this report will become available at local libraries by next week.

Your Board continues to be committed to a safe, quality, reliable and professional healthcare service delivered where possible as a local service and well connected to the specialty services available at adjacent and larger hospital sites. That's what we think you want. See you on the 23rd.

Sheldon Parsons

SDH Chair

519 359 1969

mailto:sheldon@kent.net


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Posted June 3rd

To:  SDH Corporation 2016-2019 members
&  SDH catchment community
 
Attached is a very important SDH Progress Report which  is being released to the Press today, June 3rd.  The SDH Board thought that members should be aware of its content and  impact on SDH.  Also, could  you share this report with other Corporation members who do not have emails. 
 
You can also tell them that copies will be made available in libraries starting on Monday.
 
Conrad Noel, SDH Board Vice Chair




Posted June  3

CK Hospital Boards Look To Terminate Alliance Agreement

By Kirk Dickinson June 2, 2016 6:35pm@KDickinsonNews


Two Chatham-Kent Health Alliance hospital  boards have notified the third of their intention to disband their current tri-board system, citing an inability to govern collectively.

In May, the Public General Hospital board (PGH) and the St. Joseph’s Hospital board (SJH) informed the board that governs the Sydenham District Hospital (SDH) in Wallaceburg that they intend to terminate their shared “Alliance Agreement.”

The Ministry of Health and the Erie St. Clair LHIN have also notified, and the terms of the agreement have been provided to all parties.

PGH Acting Chair Jane Havens says they are putting a plan forward that provides SDH with the autonomy it desires, to serve the Wallaceburg community.

“They are bringing the three boards to a stand-still by their refusal to move on anything,” she says. “It’s a difficult decision to get to, but there’s no way you can negotiate, or mediate, or resolve things that are just fundamentally different. [The SDH board is] not on the same page as us any more, and this was the result.”

Governance operations between the three hospital boards were suspended following their tri-board meeting on March 31, when the SDH board vetoed the 2016 Operational Capital Plan that required unanimous support to move forward.

The cuts to services in Wallaceburg were brought about due to a $1.8-million projected deficit for the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance in 2015/2016 as a result of revenue shortfalls.

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s deficit is projected to reach $3.5-million in the next fiscal year.

A key sticking point for the Sydenham board that was outlined in the capital plan, was the intention to eliminate the 24-hour emergency department at the Wallaceburg hospital.

On May 18, the SDH board held an in-camera meeting to gain input on the board’s health care “vision” with other local health care providers.

The board’s vision at the Wallaceburg hospital includes continuing to utilize a 24/7 emergency department, diagnostic and laboratory service, as well as a new facility to replace an aging building. The SDH Board Corporation voted to adopt the vision during a special members meeting on April 19.

The PGH and SJH boards say the termination agreement will allow the SDH to pursue its own vision and independence as a hospital.  The two boards also say there are too many irreconcilable differences within the tri-board that make it impossible to function.

The termination agreement will require approval from the Erie St. Clair LHIN and Ministry of Health before it can proceed.

“This new approach brings closure to this divisive and unproductive dialogue. It’s a new way forward for Chatham-Kent,” says Havens. “We’ve proposed a plan that will continue to support the operational needs of the Wallaceburg community through this transition. We have informed the LHIN and Ministry of our terms and are waiting to hear back.”

The Alliance Agreement was entered into by the PGH and SJH boards in 1998 and joined by SDH in 2002.

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Posted June 2

Confidential Consultation with ER and Family Physicians

on the proposed re-design of

Emergency Department services across Chatham-Kent

 

SYDENHAM DISTRICT HOSPITAL BOARD

 

Preliminary Report

 

In response to a public media conference held by the senior clinical leadership and the Medical Advisory Committee for the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, the Sydenham District Hospital Board authorized a confidential consultation with ER Physicians and with Family Physicians serving the Sydenham - Walpole - St. Clair Health Planning District within the north Chatham-Kent and south Sarnia-Lambton regions.

 

The media conference referenced various data and statistics prepared by CKHA's senior administrative leadership proposing a re-design of the delivery of Emergency Department services across Chatham-Kent. The Sydenham District Hospital Board raised questions regarding the data and statistics referenced at the media conference, which remained unanswered by CKHA leadership. 

 

In addition, the senior physician team present at the media conference suggested that they had a “robust” conversation with physicians impacted by these proposed changes and that they had heard from physicians who believed the Sydenham ER service was an unsafe place to work. The SDH Board was concerned that the views of physicians being relied upon to give legitimacy to the proposed re-design were not representative of the views of ER Physicians at Sydenham and Family Physicians whose patients rely on the ER services at Sydenham. No information was provided about the nature of the “robust” conversation with physicians or the number of physicians consulted.

 

In an effort to better inform itself and its members about the delivery of ER services across Chatham-Kent and to meaningfully respond to the proposed re-design, the SDH Board decided to consult directly with ER Physicians that work shifts at Sydenham and with the Family Physicians whose patients rely on the ER at Sydenham. This decision was also made in order to ensure that the views of physicians are properly taken into account before significant changes are made to the delivery of ER services in our region.

 

The SDH Board’s consultation process is outlined at Appendix "A". The topics and questions asked of each physician are outlined at Appendix "B". The consultations were made over a three week period in May of 2016.

 

Results of the consultations are inconclusive.

 

Feedback from physicians indicated that some were fearful for their job security and reprisals should they participate in the consultation. In addition, the SDH Board made a request for assistance from CKHA staff in reaching out to ER Physicians, which was not accommodated. Moreover, CKHA staff (other than physicians) were not permitted to participate in the consultation. As a result, the SDH Board was unable to consult with a statistically significant number of physicians and any information cannot be relied upon as representative of the Physician groups.

 

Consultations and Anonymous Feedback raises many concerns.

 

In spite of the small number of consultations, those that were held included very senior and influential members of the ER physician group. An anonymous letter from a number of staff at Sydenham was also received and given due consideration. From this anecdotal information, the following concerns emerged:

 

  • ER Physicians consulted reported that they were not consulted prior to the media conference where it was reported that robust” consultations had been held.
  • ER Physicians consulted feel that the views of  these physicians was not accurately presented.
  • ER Physicians consulted expressed concern that the CKHA Chief of Emergency Medicine, who was newly appointed on March 1st, 2016, has spent insufficient time in his role, and specifically has spent insufficient time working, or observing work being done, at the Emergency Department at Sydenham Campus, which calls into question his legitimacy to make such far-reaching determinations that would transform the delivery of ER services across Chatham-Kent.
  • ER Physicians consulted support maintaining a 24/7 Emergency Department at Sydenham.

 

Consultation confirms good working relationships at the staff level between the two CKHA campuses.

 

As a result of the consultations, the SDH Board is aware of and pleased that, in spite of unresolved governance issues, staff at Sydenham campus are able to rely upon a good and professional working relationship between the Sydenham and Chatham sites.

 

  • ER Physicians report a good working relationship with departments and specialists at the Chatham Campus and that this working relationship should be maintained.
  • Sydenham ER has the capacity to operate independently as an ER service in some respects, but relies upon other, larger hospitals to provide tertiary care. Many patients are referred to Chatham, Windsor and London for care after being stabilized at Sydenham ER.
  • Many local physicians refer patients to specialists in Chatham, Sarnia, Windsor and London.

 

SDH position on redesign of emergency services across Chatham-Kent.

 

The Sydenham District Hospital Board believes that the data and the statistics used to support the proposed re-design of emergency services across Chatham-Kent were inadequate and inconclusive. It was inappropriate for the CKHA administrative and clinical leadership to have drawn the conclusions that they drew, and to purport to represent the views of ER Physicians, without demonstrating that their information was verifiable and representative. SDH is concerned that any consultation that may have occurred with ER Physicians prior to announcing the re-design was not adequate and certainly not representative, which casts doubt on the decision by CKHA’s senior clinical leadership to move forward with its plans.

 

SDH is calling for an independent review of Emergency Services across Chatham-Kent by an expert panel, before any changes are made to the delivery of Emergency Services across Chatham-Kent and to patients within the Sydenham - Walpole - St. Clair healthcare planning district.



Posted May 25

CKHA hiding  'Burg good news'
The Chatham Voice
Jim Blake

Sydenham District Hospital board officials are questioning why a provincial congratulatory letter praising the “outstanding emergency department performance” at the Sydenham campus was never made public.

The SDH board and Chatham boards are divided on emergency care in Wallaceburg with the Chatham boards favouring a part-time walk in clinic with no doctors on site and SDH wanting a 24-hour service with doctors.

Dr. Indraneel Ghosh, chief of emergency medicine, said last month physicians are concerned about safety at the Wallaceburg site and questioned quality of care at the facility.

Last November, the CKHA began raising issues about the viability of the Wallaceburg location.

However, a letter to Alliance CEO Colin Patey last June 28 from Melissa Farrell, executive director of health system funding and quality for the Ministry of Health and Long Term care noted:

We are pleased to recognize the outstanding Emergency Department (ED) performance that has been achieved at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance – Sydenham Campus,” Farrell wrote.

“Your hospital has shown the greatest improvement in the 90th percentile ED Length of Stay (LOS) for all patients within the Very-Low Volume Community Hospital Group in 2014 compared to the previous year.

As part of the Minister’s Action Plan for Health Care, putting patients first is at the core of health system transformation. In alignment with the principles of Health System Funding Reform, we are looking to build on successes and further improve the quality of care for the patient.”

Full text of the letter can be found here.

Parsons said during an SDH board meeting last week, “this letter has never been mentioned to this board, this letter has never been mentioned by the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance despite the fact that the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance raves about awards that it gets.”

He said he found a paper copy of the letter in a mailbox he hadn’t previously known existed at the Sydenham Campus.

“I’m kind of in shock that this wasn’t publicized,” said Herb John, SDH board member.

“Every other achievement that the hospital gets, every recognition it receives, it is mentioned at the mission and quality meetings, everybody gets credits and compliments. This is a huge accolade for this hospital and the service provided in emergency here and nothing is mentioned and we found out by chance.”

Board member Kris Lee said “how can the atmosphere change so drastically from July to November, when we started to hear about potential changes,” she said.

“So within six months, how come everything went upside down in that short period of time?”

Parsons said the letter is a form of vindication for the medical professionals from Wallaceburg and Chatham who work at SDH.

“I think the professionals, the nursing staff, the physicians… all the staff that work here, I think have taken a hit in recent weeks by statements from the medical leadership at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance,” he said.

Parsons said workers in the Emergency Department were “tickled pink” when he posted a copy of the letter there the day after the meeting.

Requests for comment from the CKHA and Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) weren’t acknowledged.

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Posted May 25
Message from Sheldon Parsons, SDH Board Chair

Wallaceburg, Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

 

Sydenham District Hospital (SDH) Chair Sheldon Parsons today announced that the planned meeting with Public General Hospital (PGH) and St. Joseph's Hospital (SJH) Boards on Thursday, May 26th, 2016 is being cancelled.

 

The meeting was called by the SDH Board, pursuant to its authority under the Alliance Agreement. The purpose of the meeting was to conduct routine Alliance business, following two months of cancelled meetings and inactivity of the Tri Board. Unfortunately, the boards of PGH and SJH refused to meet at that time, leaving

the SDH Board with no choice but to cancel the meeting, since quorum would not be met.

 

While PGH and SJH had earlier given notice that they were, unilaterally, suspending Alliance Governance activity, Parsons noted “there is no authority in the Alliance Agreement for such an action”.

 

In light of the unwillingness of PGH and SJH to meet in person, the SDH Board will do everything in its power to ensure that Alliance business is carried out by each member of the Tri Board meeting separately. The SDH Board assures the public “There will be no impact on the services that are offered from either Hospital site as all three Boards have a collective responsibility to provide quality, timely, professional and effective healthcare services to the residents and to the patients of Chatham-Kent and Sydenham - Walpole - St Clair regions.”

 

The SDH Board is proud of the physicians, nurses and staff at both sites who provide such an important service to our communities and it issues the following statement:

“The dedication of our staff to the emergent and medical care needs of our communities is very much appreciated.”

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Sydenham District Hospital was built in 1955. It was managed by a Hospital Board until 1997 when it joined an Alliance of three Boards - Public General Hospital (PGH) and St. Josephs Hospital (SJH) in Chatham and Sydenham District Hospital (SDH) in Wallaceburg. All three Boards maintain their individual corporate statuses but have agreed to manage a shared administration and an integrated hospital services system.

 Media enquiries - Sheldon Parsons, Chair, SDH Board         519-359-1969

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Posted May 25th

Indigenous health strategy a first for Toronto

New report offers suggestions for improving access to healthcare for Toronto's growing indigenous population

 

Share Torstar News Service file

An eagle feather and smudge pot at the Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton, Ont. The centre integrates traditional indigenous health practices with modern medicine.

By: May Warren Metro Published on Wed May 25 2016 06:45:00


Two years ago, 19-year-old Sam Mukwa Kloetstra moved from Mattagami First Nation, near Timmins, to Toronto, one of the growing number of indigenous people coming to the city in search of new opportunities.

“A lot of people don’t realize that Toronto has a massive indigenous population,” he said. “I see this every day, more and more people coming.”

The growing influx is one of the reasons Kloetstra is working with the Toronto Indigenous Health Advisory Circle to develop Toronto’s first indigenous health strategy.

The group has spent the past year crafting the 35-page document. It includes a host of recommendations, from making healthcare spaces more welcoming for indigenous people to calling for landlord racism against indigenous communities to be addressed.

“It’s built for indigenous people by indigenous people, but it’s accessible to anybody,” said Kloetstra, who called the strategy “a reclamation of wellbeing” for his community.

The strategy goes to the board of health for endorsement May 30. After that, it’s a matter of “working with the city on how we can implement this vision,” Kloestra said.

The report addresses many of the social issues that impact health, such as poverty and food security, both of which disproportionately affect indigenous people.

“We carry the health burden,” said Joe Hester, executive director of Anishnawbe Health Toronto, who helped author the strategy. “The health of our people is way below that of the general population.”

Hester said his organization has had “great success” working with traditional indigenous healers and other cultural healthcare practices.

“There are many ways of healing and helping with health issues, and ours shouldn’t be discounted just because it’s non-western,” he said.

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Posted May 18,2016
Letter from Jeff Wesley

Dear Communities of Chatham-Kent:

The recent letter to the editor from Jane Havens criticizing one of our passionate and informed community members, Doug Babbitt, is a further reflection of the arrogance and lack of understanding by the Chair of the Public General Hospital. While Jane calls for logic, reason and facts in the discussion about the future of SDH she is in fact the one who voted to cut off any debate or discussion with the SDH Board on this very topic. Come on Jane you cannot have it both ways.

Jane – you want facts and logic well here is a tidbit for you as a start:

It was the other two Boards that have refused to meet with the SDH Board to discuss the facts with the SDH Board. If you are so concerned about the health care conversation taking place then do your job and get back to the table and meet with our properly elected and community supported SDH Board (a claim that the other two Boards cannot make).

2.       The fine staff, nurses and doctors who actually operate our SDH ER have not been properly consulted with, listened to and are afraid to publicly speak out – I know because I have been listening to them just like you should be.

3.       There are three studies that I have reviewed and all three have concluded that there is a positive correlation between mortality and EMS transport time. In general for the most serious cases every additional 10 km that it takes EMS to get you to a doctor increases mortality by 1%. Not to mention several times every winter the roads to Chatham are completely shut down. I know this because I work in Chatham. Which patients would you care to designate for increased mortality- those from Wallaceburg? Walpole Island? North Kent? Do you have any studies showing no correlation between transport time and mortality?

4.       If the SDH ER is closed it will be impossible for the CKHA to meet the CTAS 1 and CTAS 2 (the most serious cases) guidelines for the time it should take to see a doctor.

5.       From 2010 – 11 to 2014-15 the SDH ER has handled in total over 90,000 emergency cases (of all types) which represents about 30% of all of the emergency cases (also all types) that the CKHA deals with. An amount that cannot be handled by the Chatham hospital or our current EMS. What about those in our community who have mobility issues. These numbers were supplied by the CKHA by the way.

6.       Nowhere in your comments have you talked about the increased costs for ambulance services at $1.0 million per each additional ambulance per year that would be required and downloaded to CK taxpayers (which effectively wipes out your cost savings).

7.       In the recent report on the Chatham Kent Fire and Emergency Services our present ambulance and EMS service is under stress to meet the ever growing demand for EMS. Code 0 calls where there is only 0 to 3 ambulances covering all of CK are going up. This decreases in ambulance coverage happens on average 50 to 70 times every month for approx. 30 minutes on average each time. Hospital off load delays in Chatham (where an ambulance arrives but there is no bed for the patient) continue to be an issue. Our population is aging and about 60% of all EMS calls are for citizens that are 61 and older. A demographic that will continue to grow and continue to challenge our EMS service.

8.       The Emergency Access Centre (doctor less and not 24 hour coverage) that was offered to our community to replace a doctor and nurse staffed 24 hour SDH ER is, in my opinion, a complete joke unworthy of any serious consideration. A system that has failed elsewhere.

9.       Finally, I would suggest a geography lesson so you can understand the travel distances between the SDH catchment area and the other locations you mentioned. Sorry, not the same.

  Jane – you asked for facts and logic – would you like some more as I have a lot more. If only you and the two Chatham Hospital Boards would be professional and meet with the SDH Board, as per the requirement under the Alliance Agreement,  they could discuss all of the facts above and much more with you.

  Thank you to Doug for sharing his thoughts, feelings and knowledge. This is more than Jane and others have done to date.

   It is interesting that Jane can find time to write letters criticizing fine people like Doug Babbitt and Jim Blake but she cannot find time to do her Board duties and meet with the SDH Board.

 Jeff Wesley

Councillor - Wallaceburg

Past Chair – SDH Board

Past Chair - SOS

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Posted May 16, 2016
Press release from Sheldon Parsons, SDH Board Chair

Wallaceburg, May 16th, 2016

 

At a special members' meeting held on April 19th, members of the Sydenham District Hospital Corporation unanimously approved a VISION for the future of Healthcare to the Sydenham - Walpole - St. Clair District. Following a report by the SDH Board and, recognizing the need for a new facility to replace an aging building and the directions taken by the Ministry of Health in recent years, members agreed that a co-location and integration of Hospital services with other healthcare provider services was the right approach to take.

 

The SDH Board has begun the process of consultation with other healthcare providers. An independent firm has been engaged to review the proposed VISION and to begin direct consultation with other providers who also see an advantage to working together for the benefit of our shared patients.

 

An invitation was sent to potential partners to attend a meeting May 18, 2016 for input and discussion on the Sydenham Walpole St. Clair vision. Four of five potential partners have accepted the invitation and will attend an in-camera meeting to be held at Sydenham Campus. SDH received a letter from one prospective partner indicating that they would not be attending.

 

Although disappointed with the response of the single prospective partner, Sheldon Parsons, Chair of SDH said "We are open to dialogue at any time. The meeting we have called is a beginning and a start to discussions about what is best for the patients that we all serve. We hope that all prospective partners will eventually come to the table because the health of our shared patients is too important not to do so."

 

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Sydenham District Hospital was built in 1959. It was managed by a Hospital Board until 1997 when it joined an Alliance of three Boards - Public General Hospital and St. Josephs Hospital in Chatham and Sydenham District Hospital in Wallaceburg. All three Boards maintain their individual corporate statuses but have agreed to manage a shared administration and an integrated hospital services system.

 

Media enquiries - Sheldon Parsons, Chair, SDH Board         519 359-1969



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NDP leader pledges to investigate why Sydenham Hospital lost small rural designation

By Vicki Gough, Chatham Daily News

The apparent 'they-said-they-said' battle brewing among the tri-board governance of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has now drawn interest of Andrea Horwath.

The leader of the Ontario NDP came to Chatham Sunday to sit down with advocates of Sydenham hospital who are actively trying to keep 24-hour ER services.

The future of the emergency department at Sydenham Campus has caused great friction, of late, among the amalgamated hospital boards' vision for the Health Alliance going forward.

The NDP leader is gathering anecdotal information across the province on how the Ontario government's health-care funding is affecting health-care services.

"This really is a silent crisis of the Wynne government," Horwath said.

On Sunday alone, the NDP leader visited London, Chatham and Windsor to hear the voice of those "who are experiencing the erosion of the health-care system," she said.

"Having her (Horwath) here is major," Wallaceburg councillor Jeff Wesley told The Chatham Daily News following a media briefing after the closed-door meeting with the NDP leader.

"We have a fight on our hands trying to save our ER," added Wallaceburg councillor Carmen McGregor.

"She's willing to look into our small rural designation that's been lost, which would help us access extra funding to save our ER in our community," McGregor said.

The two municipal councillors attended the small gathering with Horwath and health-care advocates held at the W.I.S.H. Centre in Chatham.

Horwath emerged from the meeting to tell local media she will seek answers to some of their concerns.

"We need to have a basic level of health care regardless of whether you live in a big city or a small town because you are paying equal health taxes and you deserve equal access to health care," Horwath said.

Wesley said the small rural designation means a hospital could tap into additionally funding, which in Wallaceburg could mean the difference in keeping the ER operational 24/7.

Wesley said Horwath told the group she was responsible for asking the government for more money for small rural communities in Northern Ontario, which lead to a further allocation of $20 million.

"We have two boards right now who will not meet with Sydenham Hospital Board," Wesley said.

"We're not even positive that's even legal for them to suspend governance," McGregor added.

"We don't have money for this fight. It's all our own resources, unlike the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance who have paid staff who can issue news releases daily if they want, so we're always looking for voices to carry our message," Wesley said.

Horwath pledged to hold the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care and Premier Wynne accountable to their recent public statements that there are no plans to close the ER in Wallaceburg.

Wesley said if the Public General and St. Joseph's hospital boards came back to the table to "compromise and work out our differences" the Sydenham Hospital Board would participate in those discussions.

"That's all they need to do," Wesley said.

"If you took both visions and looked at them there are a lot of similarities there, but what is really the only thing lacking for us is 24-hour emergency services, which we see as no alternative there," McGregor said.

The Health Alliance had no funding increase in the last four years.

The province recently announced $1.5 million in additional funding during this fiscal year.

With that, the Health Alliance is now predicting a $1 million deficit.

On Wednesday, the Sydenham Hospital Board has plans to host a meeting with area health-care stakeholders, including EMS staff, at the hospital at 7 p.m. to discuss the current situation.

vgough@postmedia.ca

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Posted May 11,2016

Statement from the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (ESC LHIN) Board  
May 11, 2016  
   
Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (ESC LHIN) Board of Directors released the following statement today:   

“We are writing to let you know that Gary Switzer is no longer with the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network. 
Gary has been with the ESC LHIN since its inception and has held the role of Chief Executive Officer since that time. 
Gary was instrumental in the development of the ESC LHIN during its preliminary stages, as well as PAN LHIN initiatives. 
The Board of Directors of the ESC LHIN thanks Gary for his service to the LHIN and wishes Gary well in his future endeavours.” 
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Posted May 10th, 2016

STRONG INFORMATIVE CHATHAM VOICE
Letter to the Editor:

Sir: Jim Blake is to be commended for the stories in the April 28 Voice. The unadulterated truth expertly exposes CKHA’s treatment of Sydenham District Hospital (SDH)!

Something that can’t be said of page 7, “Voice editorial just verbal junk, reader says,” letter by Jane Havens, acting chair of the Public General Hospital board.

On page 18, the CryptoQuote is just perfect! There is nothing so powerful as truth – and often nothing so strong – Daniel Webster.

Some of Ms. Havens “truth” follows:

It’s okay for Chatham people to meet in Chatham, but it’s inappropriate for Wallaceburg people to meet in Wallaceburg, especially 450 of them.

She obviously doesn’t know about the 1,000-plus attendees at the LHIN meeting in the Wallaceburg High School auditorium, sometimes referred to as Clickergate.

Thanks for pointing out that Wallaceburg accounts for only five per cent of the services and program activity of the CKHA. This is about to change, thanks to the SDH Board and members of the community.

As per the Alliance agreement, the percentage of interest is PGH 50 per cent, SJH 33.3 per cent, and SDH 16.7 per cent. Therefore, CKHA you owe us big time – an additional 11.7% of the Ministry of Health revenue allocation this year, and then retroactively for years!

CKHA is the only Alliance dealing treacherously with its smaller partner. The Middlesex Alliance, the HuronPerth Alliance with four partners, and Bluewater Health Alliance with Petrolia are working fine.

So, take the high ground, CKHA, as per your letter. I, on the other hand, will take the low ground as a non-expert, uneducated, uninformed, armchair critic with a paid-up SDH membership while proudly supporting the SDH Board, and the Sydenham-Walpole-St.Clair Region district.

By the way, fictitious this district is not. I attended the Walpole Island First Nation council meeting at the invitation of a great lady, Jean Wrightman, when this group was formed. Good going, Jean!

Anne Stewart

Wallaceburg



Posted May 9th, 2016

Community members angry at CKHA plans for Sydenham Campus

By Louis Pin, The Daily News

Monday, May 9, 2016

It's been a rough week for Natalie Mehra.

As the executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, Mehra was in North Bay a day before coming to Wallaceburg, a more-than 600-kilometre drive.

At each stop she's faced with cuts, disgruntled communities and difficult situations.

And yet the relationship the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has with the Sydenham Campus ER is, according to Mehra, perhaps the most dysfunctional she's ever seen.

“It's immoral and irresponsible,” Mehra said. “I've never seen hospital leadership say a hospital is unsafe … I've been extremely disturbed to see what the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has done.”

Mehra was at a Wallaceburg general meeting Monday to discuss the possible redistribution of resources and responsibility between the Sydenham Campus ER and the Health Alliance, in the Chatham-Kent Health System Capital Plan. It would mean Wallaceburg and surrounding communities would be without a 24-hour emergency facility.

Mehra says she's never experienced a coordinated public campaign to shut down a hospital.

“The Premier and the Health Minister even said there was no intention to close the emergency services,” Mehra said.

Wallaceburg residents at the meeting were clearly frustrated – with the Ontario government, the news media, the LHIN, the Health Alliance, amalgamation, and Chatham proper.

Some were more blunt than others.

“A lot of people in Chatham, they don't know, don't care,” said Keith Southern. “We're killing people with this stupidity. And who goes to shit? … Wallaceburg.”

The meeting and decision comes after the Sydenham Campus ER was reportedly unsafe. Municipal councillor Carmen McGregor, at the meeting, said she wanted to firmly express that the centre is still functional and not unsafe.

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Posted May 7, 2016

SDH Corporation membership for 2016-2019 is 538 + 1 Honorary membership.

Breakdown:  Chatham 4; Dover 5; Dresden 12; Florence 1; Port Lambton 27; Sombra 6; Tupperville 13;  WIFN 3+ 1 Honorary; Wallaceburg 467= 539
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Posted May 5th, 2016
 

   



 

The Chair’s Message to Members

 

Save the Date – 5pm – June 23rd  – UAW Hall

 

That's the date for our annual meeting. A lot of new members will join with us that day to stand up to the corporate bullying that we have experienced and, importantly, to save the services delivered from our hospital - services that we have come to rely on. Please plan to be there.

 On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank you for your support at our members' meeting on the 19th of April. A great night culminating with a unanimous support of our Vision for the future of Healthcare in the Sydenham - Walpole - St. Clair District. We are appreciative of the support we received from Walpole Island Band Council with their resolution to maintain an ER at Wallaceburg. We have the support of our MPP and our municipal councillors. We have also received support from the NDP Health Critic and the messages delivered in the legislature by the Premier and the Minister of Health are very encouraging.

 We have begun the process of meeting with partners to share our Vision. Prospective partners have been invited to an "in camera" meeting on May 18th. We will share our VISION with them at that time and begin the consultations that should lead to an integration of all healthcare services from a single location. We will work to ensure that the services that are provided now and in the future includes a 24/7 ER. To assist us, we have engaged a governance advisor to further refine the development, promotion and implementation of our VISION. We will update you on our efforts at the AGM in June.

 You should know that the road to our success will be filled with obstacles. As you know, the other boards have acted, "suspending all Alliance activities" until further notice explaining that they need time to put together a plan for the future relationships between our boards. That action to suspend is without any credibility and is not authorized by the terms of our Alliance Agreement. All three boards need to meet and approve a number of routine matters including the approval of Financial Statements prior to our respective annual meetings.

 At our Board meeting on May 4th, we passed a resolution directing our Secretary and CEO to convene a meeting of the Alliance to consider regular and routine matters and to set a date for a special meeting to consider options for new relationships within our Alliance partners. We don't intend to wait any longer. This is authorized by our Alliance Agreement and that meeting will be called for May 26th at 4pm in Chatham. We hope that our Alliance Partners will attend. If they don't, then more serious actions will have to be taken.

 At our meeting on May 4th, we also heard that our membership for 2016 -2017 is over 535 members. Congratulations to Conrad and his Membership Committee for a job very well done. The Board also approved a Nominating Committee to report on nominations to be considered by the Membership at the Annual Meeting. No applications were received following our advertisements in local media. If you are interested in serving on the Board or on Committees that we name, please advise any member of the Board.

 Also considered at the May 4th meeting was a motion to include an additional director position to be named by Walpole Island Band Council. We believe that this will strengthen our relationship with the First Nations Community that we share so much with.

 A few days ago, the Chief of Staff for CKHA and the Medical Advisory Committee held a news conference to promote the downgrading of our ER with the transfer of all CTAS 1 and 2 cases (most acute) to the Chatham Campus bypassing our ER in Wallaceburg. They are beginning to make the case that our ER staff is not as capable of managing these types of cases. We have issued a media release expressing our confidence in the physicians, nurses and the staff that provide these services and all the services we need. We will do everything that we can to provide the facilities and the resources for a safe and professional ER service. We are beginning the process of contacting ER and local physicians to find out what their thoughts are on the continuation of ER services at Sydenham. We don't believe that their valued opinions have been considered by CKHA staff or the Medical Advisory Committee.

 CKHA staff are continuing with their clear actions in support of the plan to eliminate our ER. This was the plan that was not approved by CKHA, but forwarded to the LHIN by the other two boards in spite of that. This was contrary to the spirit and the intent of the Alliance Agreement, something that they have accused us of. We have always and will continue to abide by the letter and the spirit of the Alliance Agreement and believe fully that a strong board representing SDH at the Alliance table can and will protect the services that need to be provided to and within our catchment area.

 Much has happened and much needs to happen before we can celebrate any successes. We need your support as we move forward with our plans and your participation at the Annual General Meeting at the UAW Hall on June 23rd is important. We hope to see you there.

 Sheldon Parsons

SDH Chair

519 359 1969

mailto:sheldon@kent.net

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Posted: May 4th, 2016

Last week’s media conference to place a medical stamp of approval on Colin Patey’s plan to close the Sydenham District Hospital emergency department raised as many questions as it answered. Doctors showed up and took their turn supporting their bosses’ plan on a “clinical facts” only... http://chathamvoice.com/2016/05/04/more-questions

From Sydenham Current:

  • Sydenham District Hospital Board Set to Meet

http://sydenhamcurrent.ca/2016/05/04/sydenham-district-hospital-board-set-to-meet/

 From Wallaceburg Courier Press:


  • Column: Not hard to become an organ donor

http://www.wallaceburgcourierpress.com/2016/05/04/column-not-hard-to-become-an-organ-donor

 From CKXS:

  • SDH Responds to Open Letter

http://ckxsfm.com/sdh-responds-to-open-letter/

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Posted April 30th, 2016

FINAL count for the SDH Corporation membership for 2016-2019 is  535.  Congrats to the SDH Membership team.  We have done extremely well. Thanks to all of you for signing up.  Our annual meeting is on June 23rd at 5:00 pm UAW Hall.  We need your presence.  You will have the opportunity to elect for your SDH Board Directors, receive the auditor's report, appoint the auditor for 2016-2017 and confirm, reject or amend by-law amendments.
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Posted April 27th

Email sent to the   SDH membership committee:
 
Tomorrow,  Friday is the last day for the public to submit their Corporation membership application for 2016-2019.  As of 7:00 pm today,   we have 472 applications.  That’s a first for us.  With the help of the Membership Committee, their teams, stores, businesses , CKXS and individuals who distributed  applications to  family and friends , we surpassed our initial goal of 300.    We can all be proud of our accomplishment.  On behalf of the SDH Board, I thank each one of you.  We may get more on Friday.......maybe enough to reach 500.  CKXS will encourage people to apply.  Special thanks to Cathy Patterson for her hard work.  As I keep telling her, “Your pay is nil but the satisfaction is worth a lot more.”  Her help has been invaluable.
 
Rick made a great suggestion. “Let’s get a SDH Membership team picture and have the Press publish this great accomplishment.”  That’s a fantastic idea and I totally agree  with him. That’s a positive publicity for our community.  These large numbers of SDH Corporation members  will speak loudly to CKHA, LHIN and the Ministry and the public at large. 
 
There is an SDH Board meeting on Wednesday May 4th and the press will be there. Great time to have the team picture.  Meeting starts at 4:00 at SDH 2W (second floor). I will check with the Press and see if we can have the group picture at 3:45.  Afterwards, you’re all welcome to stay for the Board meeting.
 
Also,  to prevent confusion, I would ask each member of the team to collect all the blank forms wherever you left them by Friday or  Monday at the latest.  I wouldn’t want anyone to be upset because their application didn’t meet the deadline.
 
 Conrad
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Posted April 25, 2016

Letter from Doug Babbitt, Wallaceburg

17 years of systematic reductions at Sydenham Campus

I want to thank Acting board chair Jane Havens of the Public General Hospital Society of Chatham and Gail Rumble, board chair for St. Joseph’s Health Services Association of Chatham Inc. for setting the record straight in their recent letter to the citizens of Chatham-Kent.

You have now jointly confirmed what the Wallaceburg and surrounding communities have been saying for 17 years, which is your only vision was seeing the closure of the Sydenham Campus of the CKHA.

One only needs to read in between your well scripted lines to see what has been happening to the Sydenham Campus.

Your two boards comprise 66% of the vote and have been using that voting imbalance for 17 years to systematically reduce the services at the Sydenham Campus often against the wishes of the SDH board.

Your two boards, along with the senior leadership of the CKHA are responsible for the Sydenham Campus now only representing 5% of the hospital based activities within the CKHA by outvoting the SDH board and then stripping services at the Sydenham Campus in the name of fiscal responsibility.

Keeping the Sydenham Campus open was never a part of the PGH and SJH boards’ vision and now that you are within 5% of having your vision of healthcare reached, you suddenly want to blame the SDH board and their 33% voting allotment as the reason for this current situation.

Spin doctor away all you want, your actions over the past 17 years speak the truth of what your goal has been all along for the Sydenham Campus.

We are not stuck in the past as you suggest in your letter.

Your boards just have a very self-serving, narrow vision of the future.

Doug Babbitt
Wallaceburg

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Posted April 25th, 2016

  Planning Meeting Set For Wallaceburg-WIFN Health Coalition

http://sydenhamcurrent.ca/2016/04/22/planning-meeting-set-for-wallaceburg-wifn-health-coalition

From Blackburn News: ‘Irreconcilable’ Difference Cause Friction Between CKHA Boards


https://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2016/04/23/irreconcilable-differences-cause-friction-between-ckha-boards/

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{Posted April 23rd, 2016

Letter from MPP Monte McNaughton to Minister of Health and Long Term Care





Posted April 22, 2016

SDH Corporation membership:

Great news. As of Friday, April 22nd,  we have 375 registered SDH Corporation members for 2016-2019. The SDH Membership Committee is hopeful that we will reach an all time high of 400 members.  Deadline to hand in your form is Friday, April 29th.
If you have questions, please call Cathy @ 519-365-1508 or Conrad @ 519-359-6119.
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Posted April 20th, 2016

Two different options

SDH Board approves its NEW VISION for the development of the future of Health Care in the Sydenham-Walpole-St. Clair District:
  • An integrated health care delivery system
  • Co-location with other health service providers
  • 24/7 Emergency Department
  • Professional staffing including Physicians, Nurse, Nurse Practitioners
  • All necessary ancillary services for the ED (eg. Diagnostic & Laboratory)
  • Helipad
  • Combination of medicine and observation beds
  • Maintain ability to accommodate Sarnia/Chatham overflow
  • Governance under the SDH Board (continued Corporate Membership)
  • A facility that will allow for future expansion in a site to be determined
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Public General Hospital (PGH) Board  & St. Joseph's Hospital Board (SJB)  Vision for SDH's future:
  • Community "Hub" - Integration & Co-location with service providers
  • No Emergency Department
  • 16 hours from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Staffing - No ER Physician(s)
  • Limited Laboratory Services ("point of care" only)
  • X-Ray service only
  • Acute cases taken directly to Chatham
  • Governance under CKCHC Board ( NO Corporation Membership)
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From Chatham Daily News:

·         Plan unanimously supported for packed membership

http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2016/04/19/plan-unanimously-supported-for-packed-membership-meeting


SDH Approves A New Vision For Wallaceburg’s Hospital

http://sydenhamcurrent.ca/2016/04/19/sdh-memberships-approves-new-vision/

·         ‘This is the Beginning of a New Era’

http://sydenhamcurrent.ca/2016/04/20/this-is-the-beginning-of-a-new-era/

·         Wallaceburg’s Hospital Discussed At Queen’s Park

http://sydenhamcurrent.ca/2016/04/19/wallaceburgs-hospital-discussed-in-queens-park/

·         Overflow Crowd Expected At ‘Important’ SDH Meeting

http://sydenhamcurrent.ca/2016/04/19/overflow-crowd-expected-at-important-sdh-meeting/

 From CKXS:

·         Legal Fight For Hospital Considered

http://ckxsfm.com/legal-fight-for-hospital-considered/

 From Chatham Voice:

·         Is the CKHA efficient with its spending?

http://chathamvoice.com/2016/04/19/is-the-ckha-efficient-with-its-spending/

 From Blackburn News:

·         Sydenham Hospital Members Unite Against Potential Cuts

http://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2016/04/20/sydenham-hospital-members-unite-against-potential-cuts/

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Posted April 12, 2016

April 19th 5 pm UAW Hall a crucial meeting for 2015-2016 SDH Corporation members.  We expect a full house from the catchment area of SDH and all the 2015-2016 Corporate members.  We also expect to see everyone who has signed up to become a SDH Corporation members for 2016-2019.  Plus, we expect to see as many citizens from the general public which includes Wallaceburg, WIP, Dresden, Port Lambton, Tupperville and Chatham.   It's your hospital. Come early as the hall will fill up rapidly.

As of April 12th, we have only 212 members who have paid their $10.00 for a 3-year membership.  When CKHA & ESLHIN tried to close us some years ago, we ended up with a petition of over 11,500 signatures.  SOS had your support then.  Your SDH Board of Directors and SOS  need your participation and presence at this CRUCIAL meeting.  Action must be taken  now before its too late.   

So please..... please  get an application form and sign up. You can also fill one out at the meeting on the 19th. Deadline is April 30th.

Forms are available to SDH Hospital, WB Municipal Centre, CKXS radio, Taylor's Variety, Your Hometown Deli, Foster's Meats, Homeward Realty, Family Health Team offices, numerous stores on James Street, stores in Dresden and Port Lambton, Cathy @ 519-365-1508; Conrad 519-359-6119.
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Posted April 11, 2016

SDH Board moratorium motion on April 11, 2016 as part of official SDH By-Laws

 Moved by Conrad Noel, seconded by George Lung. Motion carried

 

Whereas the PGH and SJH boards “feel it is necessary to suspend all Alliance activities until further notice”; and

 

Whereas decisions that affect the operation of the Hospitals and the services provided are the direct responsibility of the Tri-Board; and

 

Whereas in the absence of a meeting of the Tri-Board such decisions are not possible;

 

Therefore be it resolved:

 

That the SDH Board imposes an immediate and permanent (subject only to a further motion by the SDH Board to overturn it) moratorium on any changes to service delivery at Sydenham District Hospital which includes, but is not limited to, any changes to the availability and service delivery of emergency services located at Sydenham District Hospital.


Comment: 

Staff and the SDH community must be reassured that their SDH Board of Directors continue their hard work in relationship to the ER and Services at SDH. 

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Listed below are the current services available at SDH which must be protected.


Sydenham Hospital / ER :


        - Emergency  24/7 covered by local doctors and out of town doctors

        - Ambulatory Care Services open 0800 -1200 on Tuesdays

        - ER Point of Care testing

        - Diagnostic imaging -X-Ray available seven days/week from 0800-2100.

          Ultra sound services available Monday - Friday 0800 - 1600.

        - Laboratory (1 MLT on site from 0700 - 1500 seven days a week. 1 on call from 1500 - 0700 expected to arrive within 30 minutes).

        - Rehabilitation Therapy services - Physiotherapy 3 days per week, Occupational  Therapy and Speech and Language Pathology consultation by phone or face to face as required.

        - 5 in-patient medicine beds

        - Pharmacy (2 mornings a week)

        - Dietician on site two days/week with one hour scheduled inpatient time between   0900- 1700.

        - Respiratory Services: The Pulmonary function lab is open Wed/Thurs/Fri one week  with Thursday / Friday the next week, Hours are 0730 -1530.

        - Registration covered on two shifts that run 0700 -1500 and 1500 -2400, seven days per week.

        - Security 2300 -0700 seven days /week.

        - Housekeeping -0700 -2300, 7 days/week

        - Engineering - 0800 - 1600 Monday - Friday. on call 24/7.

        - Materials management - one staff member on site 0900-1400.

        - Volunteers  - Gift Shop M-F 1000-1530, Information Desk 0800-1200 M-Thursday

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SYDENHAM DISTRICT HOSPITAL BOARD

The Chair’s Message to Members

Thanks to everyone who attended our member's meeting on the 23rd of March. From the information that was shared at that meeting and because of some speculation around healthcare services at SDH including the emergency department, your SDH Board felt that it is our responsibility to post an update on the latest developments.

 

We will provide a fuller report to you at our planned meeting to be held at the UAW Hall on April 19th beginning at 5pm.

 

While April 19th is an SDH Corporate Members' meeting, all of the public are welcome and are encouraged to attend, so please pass the word and help to ensure a good turnout.

 

On the issue of Healthcare Services at SDH and particularly regarding the Emergency Department that we all rely on so much, the SDH Board, as a part of CKHA, received a report on a proposal to change the manner in which healthcare services would be delivered to the North Kent, Sydenham, Walpole, St. Clair and South Lambton Regions. These proposed changes, presented in camera at an Alliance Board Meeting, do not meet our minimum expectations. We expect to be able to share the detail of this report with you on the 19th of April.

As an interim measure, the SDH Board has developed a number of principles that would guide our consideration of any proposed changes. We would like to share these principles with you.

SDH Directors are in unanimous agreement:

  • we need a new facility to replace the current building
  • we need a 24/7 emergency department with ancillary services such as lab and diagnostics
  • we could and should co-locate with other healthcare providers
  • we could and should offer a one-stop-shop for as many of our communities healthcare needs as possible - one door leading to many services - integrated to be as efficient as possible
  • we need a heliport facility

We have met a number of times, separately and jointly with the PGH and St Josephs boards within the Alliance. We have consistently promoted the above principles. We attended a number of key meetings over the last two months dealing with the building condition at SDH and the budget deficit issues that we face across CKHA, but we have yet to achieve any sort of agreement with the Boards for PGH or St Josephs Hospitals on how to move forward with either issue.

We will continue to represent you and our communities and work with our healthcare partners, the LHIN and with the Ministry of Health to ensure that a proposal is developed that will meet with our principles and your expectations.

 

Media Enquiries - Sheldon Parsons, Chair SDH (519 359-1969)

April 7th, 2016

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Posted March 31, 2016  Revised April 3rd, 2016

People are asking about the (1) Sydenham Hospital / ER, the difference between SDH ER, a (2) Campus of Care facility vis- à - vis an (3) Urgent Care Facility, a (4)  Community HUB and (5) Primary Care.

Here's an overview to the questions.

  1. Sydenham Hospital / ER :
        - Emergency  24/7 covered by local doctors and out of town doctors
        - Ambulatory Care Services open 0800 -1200 on Tuesdays
        - ER Point of Care testing
        - Diagnostic imaging -X-Ray available seven days/week from 0800-2100.
          Ultra sound services available Monday - Friday 0800 - 1600.
        - Laboratory (1 MLT on site from 0700 - 1500 seven days a week. 1 on call from 1500 -             0700 expected to arrive within 30 minutes).
        - Rehabilitation Therapy services - Physiotherapy 3 days per week, Occupational                     Therapy and Speech and Language Pathology consultation by phone or face to                     face as required.
        - 5 in-patient medicine beds
        - Pharmacy (2 mornings a week)
        - Dietician on site two days/week with one hour scheduled inpatient time between                 0900- 1700.
        - Respiratory Services: The Pulmonary function lab is open Wed/Thurs/Fri one                     week  with Thursday / Friday the next week, Hours are 0730 -1530.
        - Registration covered on two shifts that run 0700 -1500 and 1500 -2400, seven days             per week.
        - Security 2300 -0700 seven days /week.
        - Housekeeping -0700 -2300, 7 days/week
        - Engineering - 0800 - 1600 Monday - Friday. on call 24/7.
        - Materials management - one staff member on site 0900-1400.
        - Volunteers  - Gift Shop M-F 1000-1530, Information Desk 0800-1200 M-Thursday.

     2.  Campus of Care facility
  
        - provides  a cluster of complementary healthcare services that draws people primarily for ambulatory and primary care (local doctors). This facility accommodates emergency services, ambulatory and primary care, and diagnostics services in a new building. Impatient care required is to be accommodated at the Chatham Campus.
        - the "Campus of Care" for this type of model might also include a broad range of services provided by community-based partners like Community Health Centre (CHC) , Family Health team (FHT), Pharmacy (private), VON, physiotherapy (private), gym (private), CCAC, optometrists (private) podiatrist (private) and other community and social service agencies.
Source: Option B Wallaceburg: Primary Care / Community Care Model report (2011).

    3. Urgent Care facility
   
  • Urgent care is a category of walk-in clinic focused on the delivery of ambulatory  care in a dedicated medical facility outside of the traditional emergency room. Urgent care centers primarily treat injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require an ER visit. Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • This facility is set up to assist patients with an illness or injury that does not appear to be life-threatening, but can also wait until the next day, or for primary care doctor to see them. 
  •  Urgent medical conditions are ones that are not considered emergencies  but still require care within 24 hours.  Some examples of such conditions include:
- accidents and falls
- sprains and strains
-moderate back problems
- breathing difficulties (i.e. mild to moderate asthma)
- bleeding /cuts - not bleeding a lot but requiring stitches
- Diagnostic services including X-rays and laboratory tests
- Eye irritation and redness
- Fever or flu
-Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
-Severe sore throat or cough
-Minor broken bones and fractures (i.e. fingers, toes)
-Skin rashes and infections
-Urinary tract infections

Addendum:  What is considered an Emergency?

Urgent Care is not a substitute for emergency care. In general, an emergency condition is one that can permanently impair or endanger the life of an individual.  Some examples of conditions that require emergency medical care include:
  •         Severe chest pain or difficulty breathing\
    • Compound fracture (bone protrudes through skin)
    • Convulsions, seizures or loss of consciousness
    • Fever in new born (less than three months old)
    • Heavy, uncontrollable bleeding
    • Deep knife wounds or gunshot wounds
    • Moderate to severe burns
    • Poisoning
    • Serious head, neck or back injury
    • Pregnancy-related problems
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • *Signs of) Heart attack (i.e... chest pain lasting longer than two minutes)
    • *Signs of) Stroke ( e.g. loss of vision, sudden numbness, weakness, slurred speech or confusion)
    •  Suicidal or homicidal feelings

  • Source:  Mount Sinai Hospital.
*** Dial 911 immediately for any Medical Problem that Appears to be Life-Threatening.

 4. Community HUB:

" A conveniently located public place that is recognized and valued in the community as a gathering place for people and access point for a wide range of community programs and services." A community HUB is specifically designed around primary care and urgent care access to services.  Coverage is usually about 16 hours per day.

There is no "H" on the roof therefore it cannot be a hospital with an  "ER".  That  means that there are no emergency physicians, nor ambulance drop off to stabilize any CTAS patients. The goal of the HUB strategy is to consolidate High Acuity services at the Emergency Department in Chatham.  Wait times will be ?????.

 
5. Primary Care

Family health team physicians along with Nurse Practitioner in a Family Health team building.  Depending on your family physician, your appointment time varies from one physician to another.

Conclusion:  It's up to you to decide what you're willing to fight for and what you are willing to support. Loud and vocal voices usually get the deserved attention.
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Posted March 27th, 2016

1. Join  SDH Corporation by completing the form  before April 30th.
Your SDH Board needs your support and voice to protect our SDH Hospital ER.

Forms are available at SDH Hospital, Wallaceburg Municipal Centre, CKXS Radio, Taylor’s Variety, Foster’s Meats, most stores on James Street, Cathy at 519-365-1508, Conrad 519-359-6119.   You can also Google CKHA/SDH Corporation Application and download your form.
 
We  can’t emphasize enough the importance of being an active member of the SDH Corporation.  Large numbers speak volume. Your SDH Board needs your support now and in the very near future.
 
We will soon need you to contact the Ministry, ESLHIN, MPP, CKHA etc... Please be ready support your SDH Board to Save our Sydenham Hospital ER.

Our next SDH Corporation meeting  will take place on Tuesday, April 19th at 5pm at the UAW Hall in Wallaceburg.  This meeting is open to the public  as well.  Your attendance is crucial.

2.  Your SDH Board is accepting applications from interested SDH supporters who would like to be considered as a candidate for the SDH Board of Directors. Form must be completed on or before April 15th.  Forms are available from the CKHA website:  www.ckha.on.ca/governance.  If you have questions, please contact Sheldon Parsons, SDH Board Chair @  519-359-1969  or Conrad Noel, SDH Board Vice-Chair @ 519-359-6119.

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Posted Feb. 23rd, 2016


SYDENHAM DISTRICT HOSPITAL(the "SDH Corporation")

THREE YEAR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Applications will only be considered if received on or before midnight on April 30

with the application fee of $10.00 at:

-          the Secretary’s office at P.O. Box 2030, 80 Grand Ave West, Chatham N7M 5L9; or

-          the Wallaceburg Municipal Service Centre at 786 Dufferin Ave, Wallaceburg; or

-          the SDH Corporation at 325 Margaret Ave, Wallaceburg.

Cheques should be made payable to Sydenham District Hospital.

To:                          The Board of Directors

 

From:                    

 

Address:               

 

City                                                                        Prov: Ontario                                        Postal Code

 

Telephone: (Home)                                                             (Work)

 

E-mail

 

I, the undersigned, submit my application for admission as a member of the SDH Corporation for three years.

 

I understand that membership in the SDH Corporation shall be limited to persons interested in furthering the SDH Corporation's objects and purpose as described in the by-laws of the SDH Corporation (see attached). I understand that this application for admission as a Member will require the approval of the Board of Directors, by resolution.

 

I confirm that I meet the membership qualifications; namely, that, at the time of my application, I:

1.        am not an employee of Chatham Kent Health Alliance or any of the hospitals that form the Chatham Kent Health Alliance (being, the SDH Corporation, The Public General Hospital Society of Chatham and St. Joseph’s Health Services Association of Chatham, Incorporated);

2.        am not a member of the Professional Staff of Chatham Kent Health Alliance or any of the hospitals that form the Chatham Kent Health Alliance (being, the SDH Corporation, The Public General Hospital Society of Chatham and St. Joseph’s Health Services Association of Chatham, Incorporated); and

3.        reside or work within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, South Lambton County or Walpole Island.

 

I have enclosed my application fee of $10.00 for a three year membership.

 

I understand that if my application is approved by a SDH Board of Director’s resolution, I shall be a voting member of the SDH Corporation from the day of the annual general meeting which follows that payment until the day preceding the fourth successive annual general meeting.

 

If my application is approved by the SDH Board of Directors:

 

  1. I will, at all times, support the objects of the SDH Corporation and abide by the SDH Corporation's By-Law.

 

2.        My rights as a Member will be to:

a.        elect Directors at the Annual or Special Meetings of the SDH Corporation;

b.        receive the auditors’ report, financial statements and management reports;

c.        appoint auditors for the SDH Corporation pursuant to the By-Law;

d.        confirm, reject or amend by-law amendments pursuant to the Corporations Act and the By-Law;

e.        attend Members’ meetings; a

f.         request Special Meetings for specific agenda items, pursuant to the By-Law; and

g.        seek nomination and stand for an elected position on the SDH Board.

 

Date                                                                                   __________________________________________

                                                                                                   Signature of Applicant

 __________________________________________________________________________________________________

February 23, 2016
OBJECTS AND PURPOSE OF THE SDH CORPORATION

Objects

The objects for which the SDH Corporation is incorporated are:

(a)                to operate a hospital and other community health agencies, where applicable;

(b)               to prevent disease and promote wellness in the Sydenham District;

(c)                to give care to the sick and injured; and

(d)               to promote medical research.

Purpose

The purpose of the SDH Corporation is also:

(a)                to provide the best possible service relative to quality, cost, timeliness, accessibility and comprehensiveness;

(b)               to co-ordinate services with the other community agencies;

(c)                to provide education and maintain high educational standards; and

(d)               to perform such lawful acts as are deemed necessary to promote the attainment of these objects.


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Posting February 18th, 2016

Sydenham District Hospital Board is recruiting membership for the

SDH Corporation for the next three years.

As a SDH Corporation member, you will :

·         elect Directors at the Annual  (June 23rd, 2016) or Special Meetings of the SDH Corporation (2-3 times per year);

·         receive the auditors’ report, financial statement and management reports;

·         appoint auditors for the SDH Corporation pursuant to the By-Law;

·         attend Members meetings; and

·         request Special Meetings for specific agenda items, pursuant to the By-Law.

What are the benefits of becoming a SDH Corporation member?

·         as a member you have the right to vote for or against any changes to the By-Laws of the SDH Corporation (By-Laws which can have a huge impact on SDH);

·         as a member you have the right to attend all member meetings, ask questions and seek accountability from the SDH Board and the management staff of both SDH and the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA);

·         as a member you have the right to make your voice heard in the decision making process for SDH;

·         as a member you have the right to protect what services are left of Sydenham District Hospital i.e. the emergency room at SDH;

·         As a member you have the right to seek a position on the SDH Board of Directors.

 To become a member of the SDH Corporation:

·         you must complete the Membership Application form before April 30th;

·         Pay $10.00 for a three year membership.

Where can I get can application form?

·         Text or call Conrad Noel, Vice Chair SDH Board   @ 519-359-6119 or email conradn@cogeco.ca;

·         Call Cathy Patterson @519-365-1508 or email  wapatt@hotmail.com

·         Wallaceburg Municipal Centre

·         SOS website:  www.saveoursydenham.com

·         Sydenham District Hospital  (Registration desk)

·         CKXS Radio Station

·         Wallaceburg’s  Family Health Team office

·         Foster’s Meats

·         Taylor’s Convenience Store

February 2016  

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Revised posting Jan. 18, 2016

Message from Sheldon Parsons, Chair SDH Directors

SDH Corporation members meeting , scheduled for Jan. 20th has been cancelled until more information from CKHA is available.

March 23rd meeting will be VERY important to SDH Corporation members and SDH supporters. 
___________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Chair’s Message to Members


The Sydenham District Hospital Board has decided to cancel the SDH Corporate Members meeting scheduled for January 20, 2016 until more information is available. 


We hope that as an alternative to a meeting, this memo will provide you with an update on progress to date and the importance the March 23, 2016 meeting.  


A lot has happened since we last communicated with you. Your Board has met twice and participated in some key meetings with the Alliance and attended committee meetings where a lot of information about the !magine project and  budget deficit issues were discussed.  


On the 18th of November we met and dealt with some very important issues:

  •  received a credentialing report from Dr Ranjith Chandrasena, our Chief of Medical Staff at CKHA 
  • further considered the !magine project and discussed what a smaller,  more efficient SDH operation would mean for our communities in advance of an !magine Committee meeting 
  • determined that we would not object to the merger of PGH and SJH Boards, would agree to necessary amendments to the Alliance agreement to accommodate that merger and advised that SDH was not prepared to enter into the merger at this time. 
  • considered a report from the By-law committee and approved terms of reference permitting the  appointment of non-director members to sit on the committee.
  • On the 23rd of November members of the !magine Task Force met to receive an update on the status of various projects being planned and proposed to improve access to healthcare across Chatham-Kent, South Lambton and Walpole Island. This included an update on plans to replace the existing building at SDH with a smaller and more efficient facility that would be co-located with other healthcare partners.

  • On the 26th of November we meet as an Alliance Board and dealt with some significant issues. 
  • received reports from both the Mission and Quality and Finance and Audit Committees 
  • were made aware of significant budget deficit projection following final confirmation by the Ministry of Health that Hospital funding would be less than the previous year and less than the assumptions built into the 2015/16 budget.  CKHA is therefore projecting a significant deficit this year and subsequent years based on no hospital funding growth or annualized cost increases. 
  • received a financial statement to September 30th that projects a $1.7m deficit for 2015-16 
  •       o received a  report that identified the need to look for opportunities within all  of CKHA’s programs as the LHIN requires the Alliance to develop and submit a balanced budget plan 
  • Many of the areas where these changes could be made may have a significant impact on SDH and our ability to continue providing healthcare services to the level that we are currently providing. This caused much concern amongst the SDH Board of Directors. 
  • advised our sister Boards that SDH would be meeting separately to further consider that report 
  • On the 30th of November, SDH Board met in caucus to review the report of the !magine Task Force and administration’s report on Health System Funding Reform. We spent three hours reviewing the report and prepared questions for administration for a response.

  • On the 13th of January, the SDH Board met to consider  t
  • he Health System Funding Reform report and the responses provided by administration to our earlier questions on the content of the report and the apparent direction that was being proposed in order to deal with the budget deficit that CKHA was facing in the current and future fiscal years.
  • a  report by administration setting out the process by which the Alliance Board would identify the areas of operations that would require further analysis . 
  • determined that there was insufficient information to share with the members about either the options for a building to replace the existing hospital or how the budget is likely to impact on services across CKHA and here at SDH. 
  • received a report from the By-Law Committee and referred it to our lawyers for comment
  •         o   proposed changes include establishing By-Law and Membership Committees, authorizing non-directors to serve on committees, setting out a nomination process, and proposing staggered terms for Directors 
  • considered a report from the Membership Committee and approved terms of reference permitting the appointment of non-director members to sit on the committee. 
  • received a recommendation from the Membership Committee and referred it to our lawyers for comment 
  •             o changes include a new 3 year term for membership and a later application date 
     
  • Governance Renewal – we continue to work towards modernizing our by-laws and streamlining our governance. We will bring forward to the membership in March, the bylaw amendments that are being proposed by both the By-Law Committee and the Membership Committee.

  • Membership -
    Our Membership Committee will be active over the next few weeks and months to promote membership in the SDH Corporation.

  • Building Condition
    - Your Board continues to believe that the top priority for us is to resolve building condition issues. We learned that the Fire Code does not currently require Hospitals to be sprinkled. This will save considerable funds when any building renovation takes place in any Hospital across the Province. We thank past chair Jeff Wesley for intervening with CK Fire department on this issue and expediting the response from the Province.

  • We will be attending a number of key meetings over the next two weeks and Alliance senior leadership  will be busy with discussions with partners and stakeholders over the next few months as we deal with both the building condition at SDH and the budget deficit issues that we face across CKHA.

  • We look forward to the member’s meeting on the 23rd of March, 2016 and encourage you to attend. We encourage you to bring  friends and family and anyone you think is interested in the healthcare system that serves our communities. It should be a very informative meeting.
     
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Posted Jan. 9th,  2016

From: shirley roebuck <goddess@bell.net>
Subject: call out for help
Date: 9 January, 2016 9:44:05 AM EST
Do you or someone in your family or circle of friends have a story to tell us about your recent hospital care? 

For example: 
  • Did you spend hours on a stretcher in a hallway, waiting for a hospital bed? 
  • Were you discharged too frail or sick and ended up back in emergency? 
  • Did you have a procedure cancelled or delayed because the funding or space was not available? 
  • Or do you have another experience you'd like to share?

The Standing Committee of the Ontario Legislature on Finance and Economic Affairs is holding public Pre-Budget hearings and we are in need of people who are willing to speak to this committee about their recent hospital experience. We are entering the 9th year of hospital cuts; services are privatized or moved far from out homes.

Every year the Ontario Health Coalition and local coalitions (CKHC, SLHC) have presented at the hearings. We have presented evidence that Ontario has cut more beds and services than any other province in the country; that we have among the lower nurse staffing levels; that we force people out of hospital when they are too frail; that the cuts have gone too far. But the government is ignoring all reason.

We need patients who are willing to share their stories to illuminate how bad these cuts are and to build public pressure to stop them.

Can you help? 

If you know of a patient or a family member who would be willing to speak to us (i.e., me), please give them my home phone: 519 677 4460 and my email:   goddess@bell.net

Thank you so much, I sincerely appreciate your help.
Shirley
_______________________________________________________________

Conrad's comments:  Shirley is referring specifically  to Wallaceburg, Chatham, Sarnia and Petrolia.
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Posted Jan. 9, 2016
Members of Provincial Parliament Coming to Windsor for Pre-Budget Hearings 

The Ontario Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs has chosen Windsor to hold a pre-budget consultation. 

We are now entering the 9th consecutive year of hospital cuts – the longest stretch of hospital cuts in Ontario’s history. Every service cut is privatized, subject to user fees or moved far from our home towns.

Every year, the Ontario Health Coalition and local coalitions across the province have presented at the hearings.We have presented evidence that Ontario has cut more beds and services than any other province in the country; that we have among the lowest nurse staffing levels; that we force patients out of hospitals when they are too frail; that the cuts have gone too far. But the government is ignoring all reason. This year, we are doing things differently.  

At each of the hearings, we will hold rallies to ratchet up the pressure on the provincial government. The cuts have gone on far too long, vital patient services are threatened, and entire hospitals are at risk. We are inviting the MPPs to join. Together we can stop the cuts.

In Windsor, the threat of losing thoracic cancer surgery was stopped after a hugely successful local fight back!


86,000 hours/year of hands-on nursing care slashed between 2013/14. Windsor’s hospitals are full to overflowing.



Cuts across the entire region threaten to put more pressure on Windsor’s already overstretched hospitals. 


Rally to STOP
Devastating Hospital Cuts in Windsor

Tuesday January 19. 12 noon. Caesar's Windsor. 377 Riverside Dr. E.


For more information: contact Ken 519-819-0830.

We are organizing the rallies in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front. 




--
~ Protecting Public Medicare for All ~

Ontario Health Coalition
15 Gervais Drive, Suite 604
Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8
ohc@sympatico.ca




We can attend and rally with Windsor, but also have signs supporting our communities. Please let me know if you would like to attend.
Shirley

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Ontario Health Coalition <ohc@sympatico.ca>
> Subject: [Board-list] Email 3 of 7: Call-Out for Windsor Rally
> Date: 6 January, 2016 3:39:12 PM EST
> To: "Board-list@list.web.net" <Board-list@list.web.net>
>
> Please circulate widely.
>
> Members of Provincial Parliament Coming to Windsor for Pre-Budget Hearings
>
> The Ontario Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs has chosen Windsor to hold a pre-budget consultation.
>
> We are now entering the 9th consecutive year of hospital cuts – the longest stretch of hospital cuts in Ontario’s history. Every service cut is privatized, subject to user fees or moved far from our home towns.
>
> Every year, the Ontario Health Coalition and local coalitions across the province have presented at the hearings.We have presented evidence that Ontario has cut more beds and services than any other province in the country; that we have among the lowest nurse staffing levels; that we force patients out of hospitals when they are too frail; that the cuts have gone too far. But the government is ignoring all reason. This year, we are doing things differently. 
>
> At each of the hearings, we will hold rallies to ratchet up the pressure on the provincial government. The cuts have gone on far too long, vital patient services are threatened, and entire hospitals are at risk. We are inviting the MPPs to join. Together we can stop the cuts.
>
> In Windsor, the threat of losing thoracic cancer surgery was stopped after a hugely successful local fight back!
>
> 86,000 hours/year of hands-on nursing care slashed between 2013/14. Windsor’s hospitals are full to overflowing.
>
>
> Cuts across the entire region threaten to put more pressure on Windsor’s already overstretched hospitals.
>
> Rally to STOP
> Devastating Hospital Cuts in Windsor
>
> Tuesday January 19. 12 noon. Caesar's Windsor. 377 Riverside Dr. E.
>
>
> For more information: contact Ken 519-819-0830.
>
> We are organizing the rallies in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front.
 
> ~ Protecting Public Medicare for All ~
>
> Ontario Health Coalition
> 15 Gervais Drive, Suite 604
> Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8
> ohc@sympatico.ca
> www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca
> 416-441-2502
>
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Posted Dec. 21st, 2015

On behalf of SOS, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. 

Just a reminder that the SDH Corporation members meeting will take place from 5-7 on Wednesday, January 20th,  2016 at the UAW Hall. 

This will be an important meeting.
Paid members only can vote but the meeting is open to the public. An agenda will be available in January.

Conrad, SOS Chair
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Posted Dec. 14th, 2015

Join Us for the 26th Annual Christmas Wish Tree Lighting Ceremony

 CHATHAM, ON (Monday, December 14, 2015): Over the years, the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) Annual Christmas Wish Tree Appeal has become a cherished tradition in our community. Through this appeal, residents of Chatham-Kent are able to publicly honour a family member, friend, colleague and/or business by making a donation to illuminate a blue, silver or gold Christmas Wish Tree light in support of local healthcare.

 To date, over $87,000 has been raised through this year’s appeal in support of the CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign. 

 Donations to the 26th Annual Christmas Wish Tree Appeal can be made via www.foundationckha.com, 519.436.2538 or in-person at the Foundation of CKHA office at 9 Ursuline Ave., in Chatham.

 The Christmas Wish Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place simultaneously on Thursday night at CKHA’s Chatham and Sydenham Campuses:

 Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015

 Time:  6:30 p.m.

Location: Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

                 Chatham Campus: Memorial Healing Gardens, 80 Grand Ave. West, Chatham

                 Sydenham Campus: Front Grounds, 325 Margaret Ave., Wallaceburg

 Photo opportunities:

  • Representatives from Foundation of CKHA and CKHA as well as members of the community will be present to light the Christmas Wish Tree
  • Chatham Campus:  interview and photo opportunities with Dr. Cassie Harnarine, Chair, Board of Directors, Foundation of CKHA
  • Sydenham Campus:  interview and photo opportunities with Michele Grzebien-Huckson, Executive Director, Foundation of CKHA
  • For more information, please contact:
    Barbara Noorenberghe, Development Officer – Special Events   

Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance                  

bnoorenberghe@ckha.on.ca / 519-436-2538

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Posted Nov. 21, 2015

Invitation to supporters of SDH

Christmas Wish Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec. 17th @ 6h30
Sydenham Campus
Front Grounds

See you there.

Conrad
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Posted Nov. 21, 2015
To: SDH Corporation members
To: SDH Community

From: Sheldon Parsons, Chair SDH Board

October 28, 2015

SDH Corporate Member Meeting Highlights

 

The following reports were made by staff to the Members Meeting held on October 28th

 

 

Facility Assessment

The members received a report on the SDH Facility Assessment and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) site visit conducted in August 2015.

 

Despite over $3.3M in investments to maintain the building and support patient and staff safety since 2012, the building requires an additional $2M - $10M in renovations to sustain its current state. The presentation affirmed that the Board and Administration agree that there are some incurable problems with the hospital facility and it needs to be replaced not repaired. 

 

While the $77M !magine project has been considered by the MOHLTC and is supported by the LHIN, after four years there remains no definitive timelines to move to the next stage. It has been suggested that consideration be given to bring forward options that do not exceed $10M, as this funding level has a different approval process, which is both less complex and is expected to move faster.   Administration is in the process of working through a feasibility study and will bring forward options within a $10M funding envelope for the Board’s consideration in early 2016. It should be noted that as with all capital projects, a community share of 20-25% would still be required to support any MOHLTC approved capital project. 

 

Review of Services at SDH

 

W. Kirenko provided a presentation on the services available at the Sydenham Campus and the implementation of point of care testing. A list of services at the Campus is available on CKHA’s website: www.ckha.on.ca.

 

Governance Renewal

 

The PGH and SJH hospital boards plan to merge and asked SDH to endorse that merger.  The SDH Board is obtaining legal advice in this regard.

 

New Board Committees

 

  1. By-law Committee

    G. Lung reported that the board approved a bylaw amendment to allow non-directors to sit on Board Committees and the board will appoint those members.

     

  2. Membership Committee

C. Noel reported that he is Chair of the Membership Committee and he plans to increase the membership.  The SOS members have been asked to join the Membership Committee.

 

 

For more information on these and other matters relating to SDH Membership, please contact Sheldon Parsons, SDH Board Chair at 519 359-1969 or Conrad Noel, SDH Membership Chair at 519 359-6119..

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Posted Oct. 27, 2015

Reminder of SDH Corporation meeting on Wednesday, October 28th at 5 pm at the UAW Hall.  Meeting is also open to the general public.
Issues discussed will be: Sydenham District Hospital -- Options to consider
                                       : Services available at SDH
                                       : Update on PGH / SJH Hospitals merger
                                       : Report on two new SDH Board committees

Next meeting is January 20, 2016  UAW Hall.   Hold the date.
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Chatham-Kent Health Coalition's General meeting on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 @ 6:00 pm .  Place: Unifor Local 127, 280 Merritt Avenue, Chatham  Small Board Room.
Agenda: General Business and Planning our next move.
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Posted Sept. 29th, 2015
Message from Sheldon Parsons, Chair SDH Board

The Chair’s Message to Members of SDH Corporation

Save the Date – 5pm – October 28th – UAW Hall

 A lot has happened since we last communicated with you. Your Board has met twice. 
On the 16rd of September we met and dealt with some very important issues: 
  •  A top to bottom building tour and discussion with key maintenance and engineering staff 
  •  Formed a By-Laws Committee and considered draft terms of reference with a goal to modernizing our by-laws and allowing non-directors to serve as members of SDH committees  
  •  Approved the formation of a Membership Committee 
  • Received a comprehensive report on services and staffing at SDH 
  •  Received first hand reports of a tour of SDH by the Ministry of Health and reps from our board 
  • Learned that PGH and SJH have agreed to merge into one board
  • On the 23rd of September we met with the Chair, Vice Chair and Executive Director of the LHIN to discuss, at their request, the following:
  •          Matters discussed at a CKHA meeting in May of this year relating to governance renewal  
  •           The outcome of the tour of the building by the Ministry of Health in August 
  •           SDH’s response to the proposed merger of our partner hospital boards.
Governance Renewal – we continue to work towards modernizing our by-laws and streamlining our governance. Our consultant has recommended staggered terms of office for directors. At their recommendation, we have reduced the size of our board to 5 from 7. We have not proceeded with the recommendation of the consultant to merge with PGH and SJH into one board for a number of reasons but we have not ruled it out in the future. We’ve made it clear that some conditions need to be met and the concurrence of the membership is required.
Building Condition - Your Board has discussed the condition of our building in the context of the !magine project, in the context of building legislation that will require our compliance by 2025 and in the context of other applications that are also in the queue from our LHIN area. We want to share all of this information with you and receive your input before we proceed any further. 
Merger of PGH and SJH – we were informed of this earlier this year and by a press release in June, learned that both Boards approved a merger at their AGMs. We recently received a letter from the other boards announcing their intention to merge and requesting our endorsement and inviting us to join the merger. These types of things don’t happen without legal advice, so your Board is in the process of retaining legal counsel and a full report to the membership will follow.
 
We look forward to the member’s meeting on the 28th and encourage you to attend. We encourage you to bring friends and family and anyone you think is interested in the healthcare system that serves our communities. It should be a very informative meeting. We will receive a report from staff on services at SDH and we will have a wholesome discussion on the condition of the building and options that are available to us. 

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Posted Sept. 3, 2015

Sydenham District Hospital Corporation Message to Members: 

After our annual meeting, your elected directors (Sheldon Parsons, Conrad Noel, Kris Lee, George Lung, Herb John) met and chose the following executive:
 
Chair - Sheldon Parsons
mailto:sheldon@kent.net
Vice Chair - Conrad Noel mailto:conradn@cogeco.ca
By-Law Committee Chair - George Lung mailto:georgelung1@hotmail.com
Membership Committee Chair - Conrad Noel Director -
Director Kris Lee mailto:lee@kent.net
 Director - Herb John mailto:hjohn@xplornet.ca 

We decided to meet as a Board on Wednesdays at SDH in the Board Room on 2 West or at the UAW Hall as follows:

Date Time Location

September 16, 2015 4:00 – 6:00 PM 2 West Boardroom,

SDH Campus October 28, 2015 3:00 – 5:00 PM  (member meeting to follow at 5PM) UAW Hall, Wallaceburg

November 18, 2015 4:00 – 6:00 PM 2 West Boardroom,

SDH Campus January 20, 2016 3:00 – 5:00 PM  (member meeting to follow at 5PM) UAW Hall, Wallaceburg

March 23, 2016 3:00 – 5:00 PM  (member meeting to follow at 5PM) UAW Hall, Wallaceburg

May 18, 2016 4:00 – 6:00 PM  2 West Boardroom, SDH Campus 

All of the open portion of our meetings are open to the public and to members and you are welcome to attend - just let us know that you are coming so we can have chairs available. 

We will be hosting Members Meetings on the following dates with the following topics of interest:        Date Time / Location Topic

October 28, 2015 5:00 PM – UAW Hall Building Issues and update report on !magine

January 20, 2016 5:00 PM – UAW Hall By-Law issues and membership renewals

March 23, 2016 5:00 PM – UAW Hall Proposed By-Law changes and late memberships

June 23, 2016 5:00 PM – UAW Hall Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors 

We, as your elected Board, welcome your input and suggestions. Our contact information is set out above and we ask that you communicate directly with us about any issues that you have concerns about. Anything brought to our attention will be discussed at our next Board meeting. 

Sincerely 
Sheldon Parsons, Board Chair 
_________________________________________________________________________
Comments by Conrad Noel  
All of the meetings are open to the general public but you do not have the right to vote.
_________________________________________________________________________
Posted Aug.17th, 2015

A) On Monday Aug. 8th, George Lung and Conrad Noel participated in the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Sydenham Campus Review and Tour.   Sarah Padfield, Chief Operating Officer, CKHA  presented  a Functional Overview / Review of Sydenham Campus which included:1) Review of program/service changes at Sydenham Campus
                         2) Review Operational Challenges.

The following attendees had a comprehensive tour of SDH: 4 from Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, 3 from CKHA, 3 from ESLHIN, Chair of the Imagine Steering Committee, 2 SDH Directors and 3 from the Dialog Design Team.

On Sept. 16th, at its next meeting, the SDH Board will have an opportunity to discuss the the SDH Review/Tour.  More information will be posted after the meeting.

B)  Our first SDH Corporation meeting will take place at the UAW Hall, on October 28th from 5-7.  Only 2015-2016 Corporation members can vote. The meeting is also open to the public.

C) Others meeting dates to mark on your calendar:
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20th from 5-7 @ UAW Hall for the 2nd SDH Corporation members.
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016 5-7 @ UAW Hall for the 3rd SDH Corporation members.
  • Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 from 5-7 @ UAW Hall 2016 AGM.
  • ____________________________________________________________________


Posted July 8th:

SDH Corporation officers for 2015-2016

Chair:                      Sheldon Parsons
Vice-chair:              Conrad Noel
Director                   Herb John
Director                   Kris Lee
Director                   George Lung

Secretary:               Colin Patey
_________________________________________________________________________
Posted July 3rd

SDH Directors to elect Chair and Vice Chair on Wednesday, July 8th.
_________________________________________________________________________

Posted July 3rd, 2015


Follow up to Jeff's meting with Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

From: "Hylton, Michelle-Ann (MOHLTC)" <Michelle-Ann.Hylton@ontario.ca>
Date: June 26, 2015 at 3:50:16 PM EDT
To: "Wesley, Jeff" <
JWesley@uniongas.com>
Subject: RE: Thank You for the Meeting with Michelle-Ann Hylton Re: Sydenham District Hospital

Hi Jeff,

It was a pleasure meeting you last month. I wanted to follow up given our discussion re Sydenham's capital proposal.

The Ministry is keen on assessing the state of the facility and getting a better sense of the Alliance's overall capital plans. As such, officials from the capital branch will visit the area over the course of the summer.

While this does not change the status of the hospital's application, it will serve to provide the Ministry with a clear understanding of the overall capital plans put forward by the Alliance and a sense of the more immediate needs.

We look forward to continued progress on this file.

Regards,
Michelle
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Posted June 26, 2015

  • SDH Corporation members elected at their AGM on Thursday June 25th, the following 5 Directors to represent SDH on the CKHA :  Herb John, Kris Lee, George Lung, Conrad Noel, Sheldon Parsons.
  • Special thanks to Jeff Wesley who truly represented SDH as Chair of SDH Directors on CKHA for the past year.  Jeff decided not to put his name forward for another term but we all know that Jeff is totally committed to a resolution for a new Hospital in Wallaceburg.  Jeff also continues to sit as an SOS member.  We all appreciate his honestly and devotion to our community.
  • People have asked how to join SOS.  All you have to do is to email conrad@saveoursydenham.com. Conrad will contact you with pertinent details.
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Posted: June 21
Subject: SDH Corporation Annual Meeting Thursday, June 25th at 5:00 pm UAW Hall.
 
To:        SDH Corporation members
 
From:    Conrad Noel, SOS Chairperson
 
Hopefully,  you  have received, through email, the SDH Corporation  AGM Agenda.  If you haven’t received it, please email me right away  (conrad@saveoursydenham.com).
 
This email is a reminder that our Sydenham Hospital Corporation meeting takes  place on Thursday, June 25th at 5:00 pm at the UAW Hall on Elm Street.  You paid your $10.00 membership fees and it is crucial that you attend the Annual General Meeting. Your paid membership gives you the right to vote but also have a say as to what happens to our SDH Hospital.  We have lost so much because we did not have SDH Directors who truly represented SDH interests. For the second year, we have committed members.
 
Your presence is really important for various reasons:
  • Your legal right to elect 5 SDH Directors who will represent us at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Tri-Board.
  • This year there are 7 candidates for 5 positions... Herb John, Kristine Lee, George Lung, Gary Martin, Conrad Noel, Sheldon Parsons, William Steep.
  • Chatham-Kent Health Alliance cannot change anything written in the SDH By-Laws unless the SDH Corporation members approve the changes. Public General Hospital Corporation membership was dissolved in 2014. The  Alliance will  try to do the same to SDH Corporation  unless we keep our stand, participate in Corporation meetings, increase our membership and refuse to be dissolved.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call or text Conrad (519-359-6119) or email conrad@saveoursydenham.com.
 
SOS and the SDH Hospital community is counting on you.

General public is invited to the AGM except that  you will not be able to vote
 
Conrad
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Posted: June 10,2015
  1. 2015-2016 SDH Corporation members will vote at the Annual General meeting on June 25th for  5 SDH Directors.  Those who applied are as follows: Herb John, Kris Lee, George Lung, Gary Martin, Conrad Noel, Sheldon Parsons, William (Bill) Steep.
  2. The AGM to be held at the UAW Hall, will begin at 5 pm.  Only the 165 who paid their $10.00  SDH Corporation membership  will be allowed to vote.
  3. It is  REALLY important for these 165 members to attend and vote.  Your presence is vital and crucial.
  4.  Meeting is also open to the general public.
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Message from Shirley Roebuck
June 14th, 2015

Dear Friends,

  I just added the petition: Prime Minister Harper should re-sign the Canada Health Accord.

  It would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to add your name because:
  If the Canada Health Accord is not re-signed, then more and more health care services will be privatized, and moved out of local communities and into larger regional centres.

  http://community.sumofus.org/petitions/prime-minister-harper-should-re-sign-the-canada-health-accord

  Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in.  Together we can reach heaps of people and help create change around this important issue.

  After you've signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others.  It's super easy – all you need to do is forward this email.

  Thank you!
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From: Wesley, Jeff
Sent: June-10-15 11:43 AM
To: OHLTC
Subject: Thank You for the Meeting with Michelle-Ann Hylton Re: Sydenham District Hospital

Dear Hon. Minister of Health and Long - Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins:

On May 26th it was an honour to attend a meeting with Michelle - Ann Hylton to discuss Sydenham District Hospital in Wallaceburg. This meeting was set up through Michael Ferguson of your office and I found both Michelle and Michael to be very professional, interested and well informed on our local issue.

The immediate and long term future of Sydenham District Hospital ("SDH") has been a concern for many years and as a long time member of Council, a former Mayor and current Chairperson of the SDH Board I have taken on, with the full support of the SDH Board and Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Board, the task of searching for answers that would give the SDH catchment area some comfort in what the future holds. As it currently sits the community remains concerned and fearful about what may lay around the next corner. 

We all know that health care continues to evolve and that finances, at all levels of government, remain a challenge but we respectfully request a response to two questions of concern:

First Question of Concern

1. Where does the project to replace SDH ( as part of the larger Imagine project for CKHA) sit in the capital queue and what can we do or what information can we provide to move the project along in the process?

Second Question of Concern

2. Parts of SDH are in poor condition and there is a concern that at some point someone will say the current hospital is unfit or unsafe and if this happens before a decision is made on the project to replace SDH our hospital will be lost forever. Our communities need an answer on the Ministry's evaluation of the current condition of SDH and what needs to be done to insure it will remain open until a project to replace SDH is approved and completed.

Answers to these two questions of concern, whatever those answers may be, will provide some comfort and certainty to the various communities served by SDH. On their behalf I respectfully request a substantive response to both. The Annual General Meeting for SDH is on June 25th starting at 5:00 pm - a response by this date would allow the full membership and interested communities to be updated. Thank you for your consideration of this request.