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Sault Area Hospital is cooking up a plan

Tuesday, March 11, 2014   by: Staff



March 11, 2014 – Sault Area Hospital (SAH) will be hosting a Community Engagement Session to receive public input into the development of an updated Strategic Plan.
Given the significant changes in the health care and overall provincial environments, the SAH Board of Directors has embarked on efforts to create a new plan to cover the 2015 to 2020 period.

An integral part of the strategic planning process is a comprehensive consultation process aimed at gathering feedback from patients and their families, our health care partners, various organizations hospital staff, physicians, volunteers and members of the public.

The process includes a short, bilingual Community Engagement Survey posted on the SAH website and open to everyone, a series of meetings with more than 25 local and regional stakeholder groups and the upcoming Community Engagement Forum.

Public participation will be invaluable in helping shape the strategic plan.

The Community Engagement Forum will provide an opportunity for members of the public to review the feedback received thus far through the survey and meetings, and to provide comments, suggestions and direction on the specific areas of strategic focus for the organization over the next five years. 

Everyone is welcome, and thanks to the support of Suzanne Salituri from Le Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario, the Forum will be facilitated in both English and French.

When:   Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Where:  Comfort Inn Suites and Conference Centre North Ballroom 229 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Seating is limited, so those wishing to participate in the Community Engagement Forum are asked to please RSVP to or 705-759-3434 ext. 3807.

SAH will be happy to accommodate individuals with special accessibility needs and asks that you please advise of these needs when you RSVP.  

Those unable to attend the forum, but wishing to provide input are encouraged to complete the online survey.

For more information about SAH and/or the Strategic Planning process, or to complete the survey, please visit


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Just Curious 3/11/2014 3:01:22 PM Report

When I saw the headline I thought for a minute they were gonna put a kitchen back in the hospital.????What in hell was I thinking??? real on-site food? a hospital?. of all places?... Time for my meds......
Beej 3/11/2014 3:08:02 PM Report

I thought that as well, but why would they want to feed patients decent food?, they might want to stay longer!
Gurpy 3/11/2014 3:24:01 PM Report

Or decent food might make people recover quicker! Can`t have healthy people now can we?
uncle gary 3/11/2014 3:45:56 PM Report

I was thinking the exact same thing... So glad that when we started our family all those years ago the food was "real"
iamtc 3/11/2014 3:49:16 PM Report

Need to have better food along with better cleaning staff I was at hospital visiting patient when I noticed a person cleaning toilet sink and the eating tray with the same rag and no soap what kind of place is that .
jojoe71 3/11/2014 4:02:52 PM Report

I dread the day when I have to depend on that place for my life. I've heard too many horror stories. If only one is true....that's one too many.
shju 3/11/2014 4:23:00 PM Report

I actually enjoyed the food there. Maybe if you would eat better at home you wouldn't be in the hospital to begin with. The hospital buys top quality name brand foods. How it is prepared and lack of taste on certain things is what deters people from it. But all that salt and butter people drown their food in to "taste good" must be the right away. It tastes good but your heart and arteries are dieing. You aren't at the hospital to eat at a gourmet restaurant. The food would be the last thing on my mind. Its there to provide you with your balanced calorie intake.
Frio 3/11/2014 4:44:19 PM Report

Food is supposed to nourish your body so that it functions at peak performance and your immune system keeps you healthy. Your mouth is not supposed to be used as a garbage disposal unit for highly processed, prepackaged, simulated food based on fats, salt,sugars and assorted chemical additives..
Gurpy 3/11/2014 6:10:38 PM Report

I couldn`t have said it better myself! What some choose to eat cannot be called "food". Toxic waste come to mind! And they wonder why they`re sick all the time!
Tag33&1/3rd 3/11/2014 7:42:52 PM Report

Where is the 'NEW' promised Detox that got headlines and 'PR-pics' and a lot of $$$ about 2 years ago???
harshbee 3/11/2014 8:13:44 PM Report

lowering parking prices would be nice.and service with a smile while walking in so sick , that you can hardly move , waiting to be seen , i love the staff , but they need help too, they don't get paid half the wages they should, and work hard being on their feet for long hours.
Lleoy 3/11/2014 9:17:24 PM Report

Get the TV's working in the lounges that you bought, and get rid of that fat miserable woman who is responsible for hooking them up, you know the one who makes her own hours.
eadiecougs 3/12/2014 12:28:51 AM Report

shju are u for real they bring this crap in from toronto maybe they should have a kitchen that cooks real chicken fresh veg and real hamburger and its in plastic which is no good for u.
speed7 3/12/2014 5:44:16 AM Report

the focus here is the patient experience not food. Its not a five star hotel with a fancy restaurant. Its a hospital. Rehab needs addressing you ask me? Sending a patient home in the muiddle of their recovery is just plain wromg.Dont know who mandates this the hospial or the gonernment but cutting corners on a patients recovery is just disgusting and horrible. Sending a [patient home telling them they will never gain back mobility is wrong and shamefull. ?How can you live with yourself telling a patient yhat bull bull crap[ and look at yourself in the mirror in the mourning knowing you lie to a patient to save a buck or 2 before budget announcements. Cut out the higher posiionons where the money is really going NOT to the patients recovery. nice!
eadiecougs 3/12/2014 11:41:44 AM Report

speed your right but a half decent meal in which all taxpayers pay for would be good,cut out CEO"S bonus or the high wages of some jobs there.
speed7 3/12/2014 12:18:42 PM Report

Im not attacking your cooment, no offence eddie cougs you are right the food isnt good at all. Its frozen food pre packaged If youve ever tried st michaels cafeteria in toronto. The food is actually really good . Folks come in from the downtown core to eat it.
Its fresh not frozen thawed. THE MEnu at SAH is the same a year later now and has'nt changed a bit. oUR OLD cafeteria was very good.
You have a valid point perhaps you should attend they could get your input
but if everyone doesnt attend or express their opinion they wont change anything. just my 2 cents
eadiecougs 3/12/2014 1:50:25 PM Report

your right speed I cooked for years in retirement homes I never seen such lousy food in our hospitals .They took out the kitchen because of costs which is BS if u cook with healthy types of food the people with live better, the problem is smoking and the water and air we breathe here in the sault is toxic when u have to bring food in a plastic container from the south and is heated up in boxes no wonder it sucks.the ceo makes good money and most of the workers there but they took out the kitchens total mis management caused them to close
speed7 3/14/2014 8:30:29 AM Report

exactly if the hospital keeps doing this its going to bottom out. the patients need to be kept top priority. You dont need 2 managers for one department. big waiste.
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