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West Lincoln Memorial Hospital - Oct. 24, 2018
Information about West Lincoln Memorial Hospital - October 24, 2018

Colleagues,

We are managing some difficult realities presented by the very old facility at WLMH. However, please be assured that we remain committed to the future of this site and the future of all the services we provide to West Niagara.

We know there are serious concerns in the community regarding our plan to temporarily move a number of services to other locations. We are taking this step because our WLMH facility needs upgrades to keep pace with current standards for quality and safety in medical care. We cannot ignore this reality and place the care we provide at risk of being unsafe because we have failed in the upkeep the facility we have today.

In May, we moved our endoscopy services out of WLMH because we needed to make facility upgrades to meet the quality standards associated with that procedure. We have similar concerns about our operating rooms and surgical equipment storage, and we have started planning to temporarily relocate the services that rely on these parts of our hospital so we can make similar upgrades. This includes both surgery and obstetrics.

I want to stress that our planning has only started. We are deeply concerned about the impact on our West Niagara communities, and we are weighing all the options available to us to minimize that impact. However, if we do nothing, and fail to meet medical safety standards in our facility, the impact will be much worse. We may hurt people and be forced to close these services immediately.

We have retained an architect to help us plan these renovations. The architect’s report, which we received on October 5, estimates that the cost and time required for this construction is $8.6 million and 27 months. The construction will make all of the operating room space unusable at least some of the time.

It is important to note that the Emergency Department, imaging services, inpatient beds, and outpatient clinics will remain open at WLMH during these renovations.

We do not have a specific date for the construction to start. We will only know this detail once the project is approved and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, which could take several months or longer to occur.

The safety of our services is not a choice. We must make the facility upgrades that are required to ensure the services offered at WLMH are safe while we await a government decision on the timing to rebuild the hospital.

-Rob MacIsaac
President and CEO
Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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