MMHA: News and Updates

2017-2018 Board of Directors

28 January 2017
At the Annual General Meeting, the MMHA and BridgeLink membership has elected the following board members for 2017-2018:

MMHA

Chairperson – Lavera Crack
Vice Chair – Albert Crowder
Secretary – Mark Henderson
Treasurer – Sheila Campbell

Director – Ann Bell
Director – Marlee Hopkins
Director – Anita Niessen
Director – Dick Beitz
Director – Wendy Robertson

BridgeLink

Chair – Albert Crowder
Vice Chair – Ann Bell
Secretary – Lavera Crack
Treasurer – Sheila Campbell

Director – Mark Henderson
Director – Marlee Hopkins
Director – Anita Niessen
Director – Dick Beitz
Director – Wendy Robertson

Jody Wildman: Blind River District Health Centre Board Confounds Rather than Clarifies

30 March 2016
Blind River - The mayors of the Township of Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional (Echo Bay) and the Township of St. Joseph, and the Chair of the Matthews Memorial Hospital Association (MMHA) attended the regular Board meeting of the Blind River and District Health Centre (BRDHC) Tuesday evening to ask for clarification on the situation facing residents of the Matthews Memorial Hospital catchment area.

During the meeting and subsequent break period, BRDHC officials were asked for clarification on whether cutting hours at the Matthews Memorial Hospital site was an option being considered for reducing the BRDHC deficit. Rather than address any specifics, BRDHC Board Chair Roger Boyer II and CEO Gaston Lavigne instead advised that a deficit cutting plan with 25-35 options for cost savings across all departments was being worked on and that cutting hours at Matthews hospital site was just a rumour.

"When repeatedly given the opportunity to simply confirm or deny that cutting hours at the Matthews Memorial Hospital was one of the options being discussed as part of the process to put together a deficit reduction plan, they deflected, obfuscated or tried to shift the focus," stated Wildman. "I explained that I just wanted to be able to tell members of my community for certain what we are facing."

In a bizarre twist, the CEO and Board Chair continued to insist the idea of cutting hours at Matthews Memorial was just a rumour even after MMHA Board Chair, Sheila Campbell told them that Mr. Lavigne had confirmed to her during a phone call Wednesday March 2nd that this was an option they were considering. Mayor Wildman also advised that Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Mike Mantha was told the same thing by the CEO during a March 4th meeting.

"The Blind River District Health Centre CEO and Board Chair seem to have decided on talking points meant to confound rather than clarify," said Township of St. Joseph Mayor Jody Wildman. "They kept repeating their script even when faced with an obvious contradiction. It was the most frustrating conversation I've had since getting involved in politics."

Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional Mayor Lynn Watson asked the CEO whether they planned any consultation with municipalities and the public and suggested that BRDHC would have benefited in having a public discussion before rumours began to spread. Mr. Lavigne stated that they planned to hold meetings in communities across the BRHDC catchment area to discuss all aspects of the operations and the related budget implications in late April- early May. The conversation had to be cut off so that BRDHC could return to a Closed Session of their Board meeting.

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For more information, please contact Jody Wildman at 705-297-0592.

Sault Star article: Confusion comes out of Matthews Memorial meeting.

MMHA Response to Threatened Closure

8 March 2016
St. Joseph Island – The Board of Matthews Memorial Hospital Association held a special meeting last week so that Board Chair Sheila Campbell could inform them of the proposal to close the Emergency Department at Matthews Memorial Hospital. She had confirmed the rumours of the proposed closure with BRDHC CEO Gaston Lavigne Wednesday morning.

A meeting between the Association and the Rural Health Steering Committee is planned for March 17 at 7:30 at the McLennan Hall. At that time, the Association Board together with the Steering Committee will plan a strategy for stopping the proposed closure. Members of the Board are busy gathering data to defend our position that the Emergency Department must remain open.

Many of the current members of the Board are veterans of the fight to stop the last attempt to close the Emergency Department at Matthews. “We have the experience and knowledge to mount an effective campaign” said Campbell.

“This is all about Blind River District Health Centre being required by the NELHIN to balance their budget” said Campbell.“ And their own budget figures show that Matthews is only responsible for a small amount of the overall deficit.” The Board is working to determine how much of that portion of the deficit is relate to actual service delivery and how much is overhead.

Watch for updates on Matthews Memorial Hospital Association’s new webpage.

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2016-2017 Board of Directors

28 January 2016
At the Annual General Meeting, the MMHA and BridgeLink membership has elected the following board members for 2016-2017:

MMHA

Chair – Sheila Campbell
Vice Chair – Rod Fremlin
Secretary – Mark Henderson
Treasurer – Allister Smith

Director – Albert Crowder
Director – Ann Bell
Director – David Farrar
Director – Ed Karhi
Director – Lavera Crack

BridgeLink

Chair – Albert Crowder
Vice Chair – Ed Karhi
Secretary – Lavera Crack
Treasurer – Allister Smith

Director – Ann Bell
Director – David Farrar
Director – Mark Henderson
Director – Rod Fremlin
Director – Sheila Campbell


2016 Annual Meeting

11 January 2016
There will be an MMHA AGM for the purpose of presenting the annual reports and electing directors to the 2016 board. All residents and property owners of St. Joseph Island, Townships of Johnson, Laird, MacDonald, Meredith, Aberdeen Additional, Tarbutt & Tarbutt Additional, Plummer Additional, and the Town of Bruce Mines are eligible to vote and be a candidate for office except employees of Blind River District Health Centre, Matthews Memorial Hospital Association, or any medical practitioner and his/her immediate family and having paid annual membership dues in the amount of $1.00 at, or prior to, the annual meeting.

The meeting will be held at The Royal Canadian Legion on Thursday, January 28 at 7:00PM.

Christmas Tree Lighting 2015

24 December 2015
The Board of Directors of MMHA would like to thank everyone who helped light up our Christmas tree by purchasing a bulb.We greatly appreciate our volunteers who helped at the tree lighting, at the caroling, and at all the sign-up locations. We could not have done it without you. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Golf Tournament

31 August 2015
The Matthews Memorial Hospital Association wishes to recognize supporters of the 2015 Annual MMHA Island Springs Charity Golf Tournament this year. Without the generous support from the businesses and individuals of our community we could not do what we need to do to insure the best possible health care for our residents and visitors.