In February 2018, the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network launched a LHIN-Led “Optimization Review” to examine the current and future financial health of Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH).
Voluntarily agreed upon by WRH, and involving a Facilitator Mr. Rob Devitt, the review intended to:
The opening finding of the Optimization Review was that Windsor Regional Hospital completed one of the most complex organizational restructures in 2013 with Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital. The Report states “This realignment is considered to be one of the most complex transformations in Ontario in the last fifteen years”
The Optimization Review concluded further:
(i) Community/Patients WRH Serves
The Report indicates that WRH is one of the most efficient hospitals as compared to its peers and requires a revenue increase, both one-time and in base short of eliminating services to its community.
The Optimization Report provides the framework for a multi-year recovery plan, which includes a request for additional supports from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
The Optimization Report concludes and the Government of Ontario and Ministry of Health and Long Term Care have agreed that Windsor Regional Hospital should receive financial support. The Ministry expects to confirm the details of that operational funding in short order.
Even with this support, WRH has identified an additional $7.3M in cost savings to move the hospital towards a balanced operating position for the 2019-20 fiscal year. This is approximately a 0.8% reduction in expenses.
While cost improvement actions are never easy, we have carefully identified savings opportunities, which will not impact direct patient care. The cost-improvements will result in approximately 80 staff reductions. We recognize this will have an impact on a number of non-clinical areas. However, we have made every effort to avoid reductions in direct patient care and will attempt to accomplish as many as possible by attrition and retirements.
Too maintain a balanced operating position on a go-forward basis, WRH will look to identify additional cost improvements as well as the additional funding actions recommended in the Optimization Report, including:
David Musyj, President and CEO, Windsor Regional Hospital stated “after the historic realignment that occurred five years ago we wanted to ensure we are on the ‘right path’ moving forward, make the adjustments that are necessary and for other organizations to learn from what we accomplished.” David stated further “We want to thank the Government of Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for their continued support and partnership throughout the Optimization Review, and their commitment to ensuring the future looks bright for the residents of the Windsor/Essex region. We want to thank the Government of Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for accepting the recommendations in the Optimization Report, recognizing the issues facing our region, and ensuring the future looks bright for the residents of the Windsor/Essex region.”
Dan Wilson, Board Chair, Windsor Regional Hospital stated, “The Board of Directors wants to thank Mr. Rob Devitt, facilitator, The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Erie St Clair LHIN for their expert guidance during this thorough process. We need to recognize the ongoing operational pressures facing healthcare in our Province and we have to continue being as efficient as possible. We have some amazing clinical and non-clinical outcomes and we appreciate the Government of Ontario having trust and faith in our organization as we continue on this journey.”
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