Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital (TDMH) and Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll (AHI) recently reflected on achievements over the past year at their annual general meeting.
“Although the recent COVID-19 pandemic has caused us all to pause and do things differently, this past year has still brought with it many exciting advancements at AHI and TDMH,” said Sandy Jansen, TDMH and AHI President and CEO, in a media release.
The hospitals remain focused on providing the best quality and safest care to their patients. TDMH and AHI have both been awarded the highest designation from Accreditation Canada – accredited with exemplary standing.
In the past year, the hospitals have updated their Ethical Framework. This tool provides a one-stop shop to assist staff and physicians in ethical dilemmas with the goal of embedding ethics reflection and action into all aspects of care and service across the organizations.
One of the things the pandemic has reinforced is the importance of sharing appropriate information within the health care system. TDMH and AHI were the first hospitals in the region to implement electronic inpatient nursing documentation as the first phase of the One Chart implementation. The two hospitals also participated in the MyChart initiative, which is a free, secure online tool that provides patients with easy, timely access to their health information from many participating organizations in Southwestern Ontario (to register visit www.healthrecordsonline.ca ).
Building a culture of patient and family-centred care is ongoing as the hospitals focus on improving the patient and family experience. A virtual visit program was implemented which allows inpatients to connect virtually with family and friends outside of the hospital. The hospitals continue to seek feedback through their patient survey process, and have recently recruited additional patient advisors.
Ontario Health Teams are being introduced to provide a new way of organizing and delivering services in local communities. The health teams will be made up of groups of providers and organizations that are clinically and fiscally accountable for delivering a full and coordinated continuum of care to a defined geographic population. For more information about the Oxford and Area Ontario Health Team, visit www.oxfordandareaoht.com .
“We would also like to give our heartfelt gratitude to our communities for your donations and endless support in our time of need,” said Ruby Withington, TDMH Board Chair. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives forever,” said Al Lauzon, AHI Board Chair. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our hospital leaders, staff, physicians, volunteers and Foundations for your dedication and commitment to our patients and community during the recent crisis.”
On Monday, Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman announced additional hospital funding from the Government of Ontario that will be used to support current and future patient services, and invest in equipment to immediately tackle COVID-19, including $457,600 for Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital.
“ The Ontario government is supporting Oxford’s hospitals by ensuring they have the resources needed to provide high-quality care and services now and in the future,” said Hardeman in a media release. “This increased funding in our local hospitals is another way our government is providing support for health care to ensure patients can continue receive the high level of care our hospitals are known for.”
“ Thank you Minister Hardeman and the Ontario government for your ongoing support of and investment in our local hospitals,” said Sandy Jansen, TDMH and AHI President and CEO, in an email. “ Our operational costs continue to increase and this investment will allow us to continue to provide the safest and highest quality care close to home for the communities we serve.”
As part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the provincial government is investing $935 million more in Ontario hospitals this year, including $594 million to meet current and future demands for regular services. This represents approximately a 3% overall increase in funding to the hospital sector.
The Ontario government is also investing $341 million in hospitals to ensure their ongoing readiness. This includes funding for up to 1,000 acute care beds, 500 critical care beds and assessment centres.