Central LHIN's ice storm 'surplus' flows to SMH, funding for
200 CT hours
Stevenson Memorial Hospital will receive $75,000 out of a $995,449
unplanned surplus generated by the fall-out of December's ice storm
across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
A report to the Central LHIN's board of director's on next week's
monthly agenda is recommending clawing back about $1 million which is
identified as unspent funds that were allocated to the Central
Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) in the 2013-14 fiscal cycle.
It points to the December 21, 2013 storm that hit the GTA particularly
hard, that impacted hundreds of thousands of residents, some without
power for up to 12 days.
"In early January 2014, Central CCAC contacted the Central LHIN to
advise that due to the ice storm, CCAC sub-contracted service providers
were not able to provide the level of services planned for December
2014. Service delivery was impacted by either clients not being able to
receive the workers or workers not being able to take on the clients.
An example is apartment buildings where there were no elevator services
and clients were on very high floors. Some public transportation routes
were also not operational. The CCAC services impacted were: PSW,
physiotherapy and nursing."
Because CCAC does not expect it can make-up for the lost time in
services by "fiscal year-end" Central LHIN has the ability to
redistribute the funds prior to March 31, 2014, and its recommending it
go to its hospitals, which "at the same time, in December and early
January, ... began communicating with the LHIN that they had a
significant number of unbudgeted beds open due to emergency department
pressures. The ice storm had varying impacts across hospitals, such as
physical damage from the ice and hoteling costs for front line staff
who could not return home and were required the next day. In addition,
there was a general increase in ED volumes related to the flu season."
The Central LHIN hospitals were asked to provide the impact of the ice
storm and flu on the emergency department volumes, and the one-time
reallocation for Mackenzie Health, Southlake, North York General, and
Humber River hospitals will each receive $185,000, while Markham
Stouffville receives $180,449.
Stevenson was also approved to receive $50,000 in one-time funding for
200 CT hours, from the Urgent Priority Funds for additional wait times
volumes, "in which hospitals were facing increased demand and had
excess capacity, and where additional funding would improve hospital