ARH helps region create patient care capacity in response to COVID-19 crisis

ARH helps region create patient care capacity in response to COVID-19 crisis

April 9, 2021 – The province and region are currently experiencing a rapid increase in hospitalizations and unprecedented demand on ICU beds due to COVID-19. In response, Ontario Health has called on hospitals to work together to make every effort to maintain critical care services in the province.

Effective on Monday, April 12, Ontario Health has directed hospitals to ramp down all elective surgeries and non-emergent/non-urgent activities to preserve critical care and human resource capacity in the health system. Because Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) only performs day surgeries that do not impact bed capacity, this directive does not apply to ARH currently.  However, ARH is prepared to adjust operations (i.e. postpone non-emergent/non-urgent surgeries) in order to immediately respond to the urgent need for health human resources.

“Although we do not provide critical care for COVID-19 patients, our region is being impacted significantly and ARH is needed to play an important role helping the system create capacity by accepting increased patient transfers,” said Eric Hanna, President and CEO, ARH. “Our focus is to do everything possible to support the health system and provide available beds to patients who need our care.”

The ARH Team will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and work closely with Ontario Health and hospital partners in the region to provide the health system with the necessary support.

About Arnprior Regional Health

Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is a progressive 141-bed organization that includes a fully accredited community hospital, nursing home, primary health care centre and extensive community programs. ARH is a regional hub with a strong history of providing exemplary care to the residents of West Ottawa, McNab/Braeside, Arnprior and Mississippi Mills. As your partner in health, ARH is committed to listening to and responding to meet the needs of those we serve, because together, we create a healthy community.

For more information:

Melissa McDermott

[email protected]

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