BGH gets Ontario appointed supervisor

(Newswatch Group/File)

BROCKVILLE – The province will be appointing a hospital supervisor to oversee the struggling Brockville General Hospital.

Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins announced Wednesday the supervisor will work with the hospital executive on governance and management of the facility, particularly where finances are concerned.

The province made the move after receiving a request from the South East Local Health Integration Network, the regional health oversight body.

Albeit somewhat rare, the practice of having a supervisor appointed to oversee an Ontario hospital isn’t a new one – it’s happened 21 times since 1981.

In a statement, the BGH Board of Governors said it received notice about the supervisor appointment on Monday (Sept. 20).

“This process will help develop the plan for putting BGH back on track, focusing on BGH as an important center for quality care and safe in and out-patient services in our community,” the statement read in part.

MPP Steve Clark has talked with hospital board chairman Neil Bhatt about the situation.

“There is no question in my mind that the outcome of this process must be that BGH continues to operate as a full-service hospital,” Clark said.

While appreciating the move by the province, the Progressive Conservative member also suggested it was the province’s funding formula, specifically for small hospitals, that has put BGH in the situation it’s facing now.

In September, BGH took out a $5.3 million loan from the South East LHIN to meet it obligations.

That loan needs to be paid back by March, by a health care institution that is already facing a $4.2 million deficit from 2016.

The hospital parted ways with its CEO, Tony Weeks, in July and appointed an interim president and CEO, Wayne Blackwell.

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