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Erie Shores HealthCare Reports Balanced Budget

Sunday July 4th, 2021, 8:35am


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Erie Shores HealthCare is reporting a balanced budget for 2020/2021despite what the hospital calls the most challenging year in its history.

The hospital says that a series of cost improvement plans rolled out throughout the 2020/2021 fiscal year contributed to the balanced budget.
The Erie Shores Health Foundation, Erie Shores HealthCare Auxiliary and Spiritual Care Committee contributed over $1.2 million in donations toward COVID relief and capital equipment.

“We are very appreciative of the support we have received from the Province,” said Kristin Kennedy, President and CEO of ESHC. “I also believe this outcome demonstrates the value and flexibility community hospitals provide to Ontario’s health care system. Everyone at Erie Shores should be proud of this achievement and how it positions us strongly to continue providing exemplary care moving forward in a post-pandemic recovery.”

The hospital has also released its annual report with several highlights from the past year.

These include implementing a digital hospital information system to connect hospital records with other facilities in the region.

They also launched the community’s only COVID Assessment Centre, testing over 45,000 people to date and spearheaded the Community Response and Stabilization Team to go into community areas like long-term care homes and Agri-sector housing to perform testing, health assessments, and vaccinations.

The hospital also took part in several research initiatives, including COVID-related studies looking at testing effectiveness. They also moved to a Nurse Practitioner to Emergency Department (ED) triage, allowing patients to receive assessments, laboratory tests, and diagnostic imaging while waiting for an ED bed, reducing wait times.

You can read their full annual report here.

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