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Hospital Group has $1.7 Million Shortfall

Grey Bruce | by John Divinski  

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre has six strategies to make up that deficit.

South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) ends its 2018-19 fiscal year with a shortfall of 1.7-million-dollars.

With the bad news came good news at the Centre's Annual General Meeting.

The 1.7-million-dollar deficit is based on a total budget for the Centre of 46-million-dollars.

President and CEO of SBGHC Michael Barrett. warned of a deficit in March and indicated they would take money from reserves to balance the books but they've begun a plan of six strategies to save over a million dollars by end of this fiscal year in March, 2020.

It wasn't all about money.

Barrett says they continue to work on plans for the redevelopment of Kincardine Hospital and are moving forward with their request for a CT Scanner for the facility.

He says they've presented their plans to the Southwest Local Health Integration Network which they've approved and the LHIN is sending it ahead to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for provincial approval.

Barrett says the beauty is, if they get approval from the province, they don't have to wait for the hospital redevlopment to kick in, which could take years, before setting up a CT scanner.

He says, they could have a mobile CT Scanner in a trailer in Kincardine, like they did in Walkerton recently.

Here's the last fiscal year by the numbers:  almost 61,500 patient registrations; 445 babies born; 42,840 emergency visits with 388 employees servicing the health care needs of SBGHC, which encompasses hospitals in Kincardine, Walkerton, Chesley and Durham.

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