Capital Health 2011-12 business plan approved

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 12:30pm

Capital Health's 2011-12 Business Plan was approved by the province Tuesday, July 5 and a copy is now available publicly.

This plan is dynamic. Because the health system is constantly changing, some of the outlined activities may change, and some may be implemented differently than initially proposed. In other cases, Capital health may be able to achieve more savings than expected. There may also be activities that won’t proceed this year because circumstances have changed.

With all of the changes outlined in the business plan, Capital Health's primary goal is to minimize the impact on patients and clients.

Some of the changes in the business plan will result in fewer positions. Some vacant positions will not be filled, and retirements, resignations and, in some cases, work reassignments, will be used to achieve other reductions. Since last week, managers and directors have been meeting with employees most affected by these changes.

Some elements of the business plan are related to reaching the organization's 2013 Milestone of achieving a 90 per cent occupancy rate in beds across the district, which means having 10 per cent of inpatient beds available at any given time to respond to increases in demand.

It is important to note that Capital Health is NOT reducing the total number of beds. We will, however, be using inpatient beds differently. Some beds may move to other parts of our hospitals, while other beds may not have patients in them 24/7, and other beds may only be used occasionally, when demand for services increase. Staffing for these beds will be adjusted to match occupancy. Changes are consistent with the strategies and recommendations developed by the Clinical Flow Operations Group (CFOG).

As we implement the business plan, we commit to reporting back to you - our staff, patients, citizens, partners and stakeholders - so that you have the most up-to-date information possible.

If you have questions about the business plan, please email us at capitalnews@cdha.nshealth.ca

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