Today we received some very exciting news from Dr. Eric Hoskins – Minister of Health. The letter confirmed that Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) has been approved to proceed with the much needed upgrades to our central sterile reprocessing area (CSR). The government has approved this project with a total cost of $1,995,600 with the ministry share being up to $1,793,600. “This announcement, along with other previous announcements relating to the building infrastructure at the hospital, brings the ministry’s funding to almost $4 million this year,” noted Eric Hanna, President and CEO. He further commented that the Ministry of Health is committed to ensuring quality care is provided in rural Ontario communities. Small integrated rural health corporations such as ARH are models the Ministry of Health is focused upon supporting.
Every year there are almost 3000 surgical procedures performed at the hospital site of Arnprior Regional Health. The sterile processing of instruments, devices, and items has a major impact on infection control and patient safety. Devices used in surgical procedures must be sterile and safe when used. Despite ARH’s cramped physical space and inadequate environmental infrastructure over recent years, CSR staff has been successful in maintaining stringent standards and have been pivotal in achieving our very low surgical site infection rate. The new funding allows staff to work in an environment that is modern and up to date.
Arnprior Regional Health has a dedicated and very knowledgeable team, including more than 14 surgeons who are supported by 3 anesthetists. The operating room and CSR staff are very pleased with the announcement, noting that our surgical program is a vital service to our growing and aging community.
General surgeon Dr. Andrea Gutauskas was thrilled with the announcement saying, “Patients who are provided with surgery within their community based hospital allows for more family support which can be an integral part in their recovery.”
Recognition of this important investment was also acknowledged by John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa South. “I am pleased that the ministry is providing support to the project at the Arnprior Regional Health – Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital site. The team there has been providing exemplary health care services for over 70 years. I know that the central sterilization and reprocessing renovation project will ensure that patients avoid infections and that the doctors, nurses and health professionals are able to quickly access the instrumentation and equipment they need.”
Work on the project is expected to last up to 12 months and the next steps will include finalizing the design and cost elements, along with scheduling the construction to avoid disruption to the surgical program.
For more information:
Wendy Knechtel, Mgr. of Communications [email protected]