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Enhancing care for patients in our region
Tuesday June 25, 2013, Hamilton, Ontario - West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) and Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) will be moving forward with an amalgamation to enhance care for patients in our region.
The Boards of both organizations voted unanimously in favour of an amalgamation which builds upon our strong track record of working together. The intention to proceed with amalgamation was determined by the initial work of a steering committee made up of individuals from both local boards and insight from various other participants.
“The amalgamation builds upon a 15-year strong tradition of partnership and system coordination,” says Mark Rizzo, Chair of the Board of Directors, Hamilton Health Sciences. “It will result in a combined system that leverages the strengths of each hospital.”
An existing management services agreement already facilitates collaboration in Human Resources, Education, Laboratories, Materials Management, Purchasing and Information Technology Services. A recent review of this partnership identified additional opportunities for the integration of clinical services to:
• ensure the sustainability of local health services
• achieve alignment with provincial and local health care planning activities; and,
• most importantly, meet the needs of patients and families in our region.
“We believe that a more integrated and collaborative approach will ensure that local health and hospital services are sustainable in the future,” says Kurt Whitnell, Chair of the Board of Directors, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital. “The Board of West Lincoln is convinced that amalgamation is the right thing for our hospital, our community and for our future. Providing patients with the best care is reliant on collaboration, innovation and sustainability. We look forward to the many new opportunities that this amalgamation will make possible.”
WLMH and HHS already care for many of the same patients. For example, existing arrangements are in place to share care for patients with hip fractures; and in 2012/2013, 81 per cent of babies born at WLMH requiring neonatal intensive care were transferred to McMaster Children’s Hospital.
“We are very excited to work more closely alongside our staff and physician colleagues at Hamilton Health Sciences,” says Vickie Baird, CEO of WLMH. “Through the sharing of expertise and skills, we can provide all patients with an excellent care experience.”
HHS President and CEO Murray Martin agrees: “West Lincoln has a highly effective care model, a vibrant maternal and newborn program, a robust surgical program, and is recognized for its palliative care services. There is much that our two organizations can share with each other. By coming together, we will further strengthen the care continuum to ensure that all patients receive the right care, in the right place.”
One of the first priorities going forward will be redevelopment of the WLMH site. “As an amalgamated organization, we will actively advocate for redevelopment,” says Murray Martin. “We will work with our partners in public office, at the LHIN and the Ministry to ensure the ongoing delivery of quality health care services in West Niagara in an appropriate and safe environment.”
We will be pursuing the formal legal requirements for amalgamation over the upcoming months. The full amalgamation of the two organizations will take place over time and will result in a single organizational structure, and a single governance structure. The hospital will continue to be called West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and will become a site of HHS.
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Contact:
Lillian Badzioch
SR PR Specialist
T: 905.521.2100 ext. 76090
badzioch@hhsc.ca