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OPSEU Diablogue: Scarborough hospital CEO says “never say never” on merger

The two CEOs representing the Scarborough and Rouge Valley hospitals appeared before the Central East LHIN this morning following news last week that their proposed merger was off – at least for now. Both Rik Ganderton and Robert Biron looked … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: NHH certified diabetes educators really do exist despite hospital denials

It’s one thing not to be acknowledged for the work you do. It’s quite another when your hospital says you don’t do that work at all. Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) is saying that it “does not currently provide any specialized … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Why are six LHINs still afraid to let the community speak directly to their boards?

The Local Health Integration Networks spend a lot of time talking about community engagement. In his 2010 report The LHIN Spin, the Ontario Ombudsman stated “the reality of community decision-making has fallen far short of the political spin.” Andre Marin … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: New jobs prohibited by one-time funding

Some good news and some bad news. The good news is many health care providers in the Central East LHIN (and likely others) will receive substantial increases in funding, some for the first time since 2011/12. The bad news is … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Funding “reform” has CEOs chasing hospital mergers

In a perfect world hospitals would be publicly funded to meet the health needs of their communities. That would be it. When the government started talking about funding reform, the thinking was that at last we would be moving closer … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Scarborough-Rouge: Merger process open, if not entirely perfect

After a lengthy period where hospitals appeared to be more interested in regional cooperation than formal mergers, the trend appears to be shifting again. The financially stressed Scarborough Hospital has been looking for a dance partner for some time, initially … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Scarborough/Rouge: Surprising merger talk despite evidence pointing to higher costs

When the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) asked the Scarborough and Rouge Valley hospitals to work together to plan hospital services in the eastern most part of Toronto, few would have thought the CEOs would come back talking … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: $30 million back on hospital books as part of new purchasing model

At yesterday’s Central East LHIN The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) was asked to treat $2 million it thought it had coming back from Plexxus as “bad debt.” Plexxus is a not-for-profit owned by 11 GTA hospitals, including TSH. A group-purchasing company, it uses the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: $2 million in bad debt adds to woes of The Scarborough Hospital

Last week The Scarborough Hospital announced it was eliminating 98 positions as part of its efforts reduce a $17 million annual deficit. On top of that, the hospital has found itself saddled with $2 million in bad debt related to … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Why health professionals increasingly don’t want to work in community agencies

The closure of eight downtown Toronto hospice beds is hardly creating buzz in the health care community. But it should. Perram House hospice is not big enough to warrant major headlines, but it is symbolic of why the government’s policies … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: “Ontario Health Links” initially intended to look a high users

Commisioner Don Drummond raised it in his report. Former OHA President Tom Closson frequently spoke about it. Five per cent of the Ontario population uses up about 40 per cent of the provincial health budget each year at an average per patient cost … . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: “Ontario Health Links” initially intended to look a high users

OPSEU Diablogue: Unintended Consequences – Northumberland Hills CEO says replacing ALC patients comes at a cost

Reducing the number of “alternative level of care” (ALC) patients in a hospital may have unintended consequences. Robert Biron, CEO of the Cobourg’s Northumberland Hills Hospital, told the Central East LHIN yesterday that his current operating d… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: Unintended Consequences – Northumberland Hills CEO says replacing ALC patients comes at a cost