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West Island CIUSSS welcomes Ste. Anne’s Hospital into its health care domain


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Richard Legault, CIUSSS Chairman of the Board and President, and Benoit Morin, CIUSSS President and Director General, discuss the organization’s continuing efforts to streamline and improve health services in the West Island last Friday, April 15.

The recent transfer of Ste. Anne’s Veterans’ Hospital from federal to provincial government control was welcomed by Benoît Morin, President and Director General of the newly-formed West Island Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS), during a meeting with reporters at the Lakeshore General Hospital last Friday, April 15.

Morin, along with West Island CIUSSS President and board chairman Richard Legault, provided a status report on the continuing efforts made by the newly organized CIUSSS which became operational on April 1 to continue streamlining health care services within its mandated territory and improve the quality of care provided to its clientele.

The recent integration of Ste. Anne’s Hospital into the CIUSSS domain, which also took place on April 1, means that another level of service is becoming available to address the needs of the region’s growing elderly population. A part of the health-care facility is currently undergoing a transition to a centralized geriatric care centre that will cater to the specific health needs of seniors, said Morin.

Even though the hospital is no longer under federal jurisdiction, Morin said despite the hospital’s transition to its new avocation, the West Island CIUSSS is committed to providing the same level of care and service to the veterans living at the facility as was provided when it was administered federally.

In order to allay any fears some veterans may have about a reduction in the quality of care they receive, Morin said the West Island CIUSSS is organizing a tour of the facility for administrators who will meet with veterans, listen to their concerns and address any fears the may have about the transition.

The inclusion of Ste. Anne’s Hospital into the West Island CIUSSS adds to the list of health organizations they administer throughout the region and on the Island of Montreal. It includes the services provided by West Island Centre de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS), the Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle CSSS, St. Mary’s Hospital, Grace Dart extended care centre, Batshaw family and youth centres, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, and the West Montreal Readaptation Centre.

As the largest health organization on the Island of Montreal, the West Island CIUSSS covers 38 per cent of the island’s territory. It serves about 370,000 inhabitants living in eight cities and four boroughs on the West Island, but caters to over one million people, said Morin.

Morin said the aim of the continuing reorganization of health care services falls in line with the mandate decreed under Bill 10 that was introduced by provincial Health Minister Gaétan Barrette which created a new two-level organization and governance structure with the creation of the CSSS and CIUSSS. The bill was adopted by the Quebec National Assembly in February 2015.

Last November, the National Assembly adopted Bill 20 which mandates that every citizen in the province have access to a family doctor. Morin said that his administrative role is to streamline the process so that people are directed to the proper services according to their specific needs. “We’re continuing to augment our system so we can provide an entire scope of services to ensure the health and well-being of the population,” said Morin.

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