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BGH, Haldimand eye merger.

The Brant Community Healthcare System is considering amalgamating with the West Haldimand General Hospital to improve access for WHGH patients and cut costs.

The West Haldimand General Hospital mainly serves the communities of Haldimand County, Six Nations of the Grand River, Mississaugas of the New Credit, and Brantford.

On Jun. 23, the boards of the two hospitals submitted a nonbinding letter of intent to the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network and Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to explore how the organizations would integrate into one organization.

"We are exploring how to move toward one board and senior management team with integrated services at both sites," said Patty Nixon, Chair of the Board of Governors at WHGH in a Jun. 23 press release.

The organizations already share an integrated stroke unit at the Brantford General Hospital, and resources such as diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, laboratory services, human resources, occupational health and safety, and purchasing.

Comments from the public can be submitted at an online survey at www.talkhealthcare. ca.

The foundations for WHGH and BCHS will remain separate and gifts will remain with their respective foundations, for the purpose for which they were given, noted the press release.

The BCHS Volunteer Association and the WHGH Volunteer Auxiliary will also remain independent organizations.

In 1999, the BCHS merged with the Willett Hospital in Paris for similar reasons.

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Publication:Paris Chronicle (Paris, Canada)
Date:Aug 22, 2014
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