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  • Writer's pictureLen Gillis

Hospital CEO delivers blunt news about the reality of health care

David McNeil told the annual general meeting of Health Sciences North he is proud and pleased of the many remarkable achievements at HSN but he said that is tempered by the reality of overcrowding and not enough space to meet the demands of sick patients


Sudbury's Health Sciences North (HSN) has enjoyed many successes in the past year but there are still some serious challenges ahead, said hospital president and CEO David McNeil who took over running the hospital back in October. Len Gillis / Sudbury.Com

This article was first published by Sudbury.com, a Village Media publication.


Sudbury's Health Sciences North (HSN) has enjoyed many successes in the past year but there are still some serious challenges ahead, said hospital president and CEO David McNeil who took over running the hospital back in October. 


McNeil replaced former CEO Dominic Giroux, who resigned last June to take a new position at Hôpital Montfort in Ottawa.


In his first ever annual report as hospital CEO, McNeil was brutally blunt. He said hallway health care is still an issue, citing record overcrowding, an inadequately sized emergency department, high staff turnover and a problematic payroll system as ongoing obstacles. 


Still, McNeil said, the situation is gradually improving and he commented on what he said were some of the "remarkable achievements" at the hospital in the past year.


One of those was the opening of the new Acute and Reactivation Care Centre (ARCC) that created 52 new beds at the hospital along with a unique new model of care for looking after older adults.


McNeil said he was pleased that Ontario Health Minister Sylvia Jones made two visits to the hospital, firstly to witness the opening of the adult care centre and secondly to drop off $5 million to support early planning of HSN’s future capital expansion project for the next 30 years. 



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