Cataract surgeries to continue at least one more year in
Posted April 9,
Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) announced this afternoon that funding
for 300 cataract surgeries has been allocated, same as last year's
level, but expects to follow Central LHIN's plan "to transition the
service to a two-site model, moving all ophthalmology
surgery to Southlake Regional Health Centre and North York General
There were no indications as to funding allocations for the more
complex eye surgery procedures.
"All ophthalmology services in the Central LHIN are currently being
reviewed by the Eye Care Committee, in collaboration with the LHIN and
other service providers," according to the press release issued by SMH.
"It is our goal at Stevenson to align our
services with the Central LHIN position statement and the Provincial
Vision Strategy Task Force."
Drs. Baseer Khan and Ray Seto made a presentation to the SMH Board
last Thursday, supporting the continuation of ophthalmology
services including surgery at Stevenson.
"Ophthamology has been a part of this community for about 10 years and
I don't think it's a stretch to say that during that time we really
have developed a world class program," Dr. Khan said. "I truly am proud
or our program. When we get referrals from Sick Children's Hospital for
surgical care that they can't provide there, that truly speaks to what
we are doing at Stevenson. A large part of my practice comes from
outside the catchment area and outside the LHIN because of the high
quality and the scarceness of the services we provide."
Drs Seto and Khan also run a clinic at Stevenson at least one day each
week, servicing medical needs of ophthalmology patients.
"We very much would like to continue the status quo or even expand," Dr
Khan told the Board. "We have the equipment and excellent staff,
however, we have very big obstacles in terms of a vision statement from
the province and the direction of the LHIN."
As reported here March 20th, Stevenson's approved funding from the LHIN
for the fiscal year beginning April 1, is $19.6 million, including
$17.9 million base funding, $217,600 for Quality Based Procedures, $1.2
million Pay for Results funding, $184,500 HBAM and $107,000 wait times
Other highlights from the past fiscal year include:
¥ 353 babies were born between April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 - the
highest annual number since the unit reopened in 2007.
¥ Stevenson remains 2nd in the province out of 74 high volume hospitals
when it comes to Emergency Department wait times.
¥ New state-of-the-art XRay unit about to go online.