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In late 2014, the Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) recognized that they were in financial difficulties.  In response, they "recruited and appointed a coaching team", which reported in February 2015.  They found that "significant clinical and financial operational changes" were required "to assure its sustainability".  There was talk of investigating "integration" (but no explanation of what this means) plus clinical and operational changes.  Then the LHIN took over (with NHH's approval) and on July 8, 2015 appointed the Hay Group (consultants) to do an "external operational review".

nhhOver the next three months they will "examine NHH's financial management practices; clinical services and operations; clinical quality; integration opportunities; and governance oversight. The Improvement Plan will identify a proposed future role for the hospital and the services it could be delivering, what management and governance processes could be improved, and what opportunities for clinical and operating efficiencies it could enact to reduce costs."

As part of the review, there will be Town Hall meetings in Port Hope and Cobourg (no dates or locations yet announced - but see below for update), two "telephone town hall meetings" plus online and paper surveys.  Details will be made available in newspaper adverts and the Hospital and LHIN web sites (although this notice was so far only in the paper and in the newsletter).

You can keep up to date with the Hospital's activities - including this review - by signing up to their newsletter on their web site here.  or contact Katie Cronin-Wood, at the Central East LHIN 1-866-804-5446 ext. 218. Or simply wait until Cobourg News provides an update. 

The original report of financial difficulty was covered in Cobourg news in January.  Complete detail of the Hospital's operations and financial situation is covered in their annual report (2014/15) available here.

It seems to me that there is a strong chance of significant changes.


Update - August 18, 2015

It was announced today that the town hall meetings will take place in early September:

No pre-registration is required for either meeting, but attendance will be limited to the safe capacity of each venue.

For those who prefer to participate by phone, there will be opportunities on both of those dates — from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 2 and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9.

To participate in these phone-ins, call 1-800-908-9173 10 minutes prior to the beginning of each session. No access code is needed, and an operator will be available to assist if necessary.

Download the full NHH Press Release here.

Update August 27, 2015

The online review survey is now available here: