Hospital to implement operational review recommendationsWednesday, January 23, 2013 by: Kate Adams
North Bay Regional Health Centre
The results of the voluntary, operational review commissioned by the Board and Senior Leadership Team of the North Bay Regional Health Centre were shared earlier today with staff, managers and union executives.
“We are dealing with a $14M challenge that we need to clear by March 31, 2014,” explained President and CEO, Paul Heinrich. “The operational review provided a solid overview of where NBRHC excels and where it falls below its peer comparator hospitals and laid out recommendations of how best to deal with the deficit. We are committed to improving our operations and finding efficiencies that will put NBRHC at the median of its peer comparators while ensuring patient care is our number one priority,” he added.
“Now that we have the operational review completed we can begin to implement a plan to deal with the report’s 13 recommendations over the next 6 – 24 months,” stated NBRHC Board Chair, Phil Geden.
The hospital will be looking at matching staffing mix and numbers to patient volumes, reducing lengths of stay, moving some procedures from inpatient to outpatient, and increasing revenues.
“The operational review showed us our deficit is fixable and that means we have a lot of work ahead of us,” added Heinrich. “We will involve our Board, staff, physicians, unions and community partners to build upon our successes to create an efficient and effective organization that provides the best possible service to our patients.”
“Our next steps, which we have already begun, include using the results of this review and creating a strategic plan that will set organizational directions for the next three to five years,” added Geden.