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Reorganization plan affecting Matthews Memorial Hospital completed

Tuesday, October 02, 2012   by: Rick McGee

SooToday.com has received the following announcement from the Municipality of Huron Shores, as posted on its website.

The notice states that a reorganization plan has been developed that affects Matthews Memorial Hospital in Richards Landing, Thessalon Hospital and the Blind River District Health Centre.

It's believed that under this plan, Matthews Memorial would continue to provide services but cease to operate under the umbrella of Sault Area Hospital.

SooToday.com has not yet received a copy of the statement from Sault Area Hospital, the North East LHIN or any other source.

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Proposed Rural Health Model: Public Community Engagement Session

The Blind River District Health Centre and the Sault Area Hospital have issued the following joint statement:

A number of discussions have taken place over the past two years or more about a potential new rural health model for the Algoma region, specifically the area between Sault Ste. Marie and Blind River.

This is in response to feedback from residents and municipal leaders indicating a need for a better appreciation and understanding of the unique aspects of rural communities when making decisions related to delivery of health care services in these areas.

During the intervening months, meetings regarding the integration or banding together of the Matthews Memorial and Thessalon Hospital sites together with the Blind River District Health Centre have taken place and a plan has been developed to effect this reorganization.

As part of the process, we will be undertaking community engagement sessions to provide details of the plan to all area residents and address any questions or concerns.

In an effort to provide maximum opportunities for interested individuals to attend, three sessions have been planned as follows:

• Tuesday, October 9 – Royal Canadian Legion Hall, Richards Landing

• Wednesday, October 10 – Oddfellows Hall, Thessalon

• Thursday, October 11 – Learning Centre, Blind River District Health Centre

All sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. and run for approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Sam The Dog 10/3/2012 7:14:02 AM Report

Any news on keeping our rural hospitals open is good news. As our aging population increases, I see tax payers that worked hard to build our rural communities and came to have a level of health care that we can count on, not to have it lost to mismanagement of SAH.
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