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Friday, 03 June 2011 09:27

Leader Hospital to re-open June 20

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After a one-year disruption of services, the Leader Hospital is scheduled to re-open its doors as a 24-hour community acute care hospital on Monday, June 20.



Following discussions with the two full-time licensed physicians currently in place at the Leader Primary Health Medical Clinic, staff of the Leader Hospital, and other stakeholders, the Cypress Health Region has determined that all of the necessary steps will be in place to re-establish the Hospital’s emergency outpatient services and inpatient admissions by June 20.

The Leader Hospital has been on an extended disruption of services since May 31, 2010 due to the unavailability of consistent physician on-call coverage required to maintain its emergency outpatient service. Since that time, the health region and local physician recruitment committee have been successful in recruiting three physicians and one temporary nurse practitioner to the community’s primary health care clinic.

“We are very anxious to restore full services to the Leader Hospital,” stated Gloria Illerbrun, executive director of health services with Cypress Health. “With the recent arrival of licensed Dr. Amu-Darko and the success of Dr. Palangi in attaining his provisional license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the two physicians have committed to providing the on-call coverage to maintain the 24 hour community hospital operation until their colleague joins in the coverage rotation.”

The community’s third physician, Dr. Hoque, is currently progressing through his remediation requirements as determined by the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Once these requirements have been fully met, he is anticipated to join his physician and nurse practitioner colleagues at the Leader medical clinic and in providing on-call coverage for the hospital.

Discussions have been occurring with the Leader Hospital staff and their union representatives regarding the impending return to a 24-hour acute care service. Recent discussions have centered on the required changes to the staffing schedules to accommodate the 24-hour service implementation in time for June 20.

Illerbrun acknowledged the dedicated efforts of the Leader EMS staff and hospital nursing staff during the past year’s disruption of services. “The EMS staff in Leader and neighbouring services are to be commended for their tremendous commitment to providing emergency medical services for the residents of Leader and surrounding areas. They will now be able to re-join their team members at the hospital in providing an overall enhanced level of emergency services for the community.”

Additional information regarding the re-establishment of full services at the Leader Hospital will be made available as they are confirmed.

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