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Service Changes at Charlotte County Hospital

(St. Stephen) July 6, 2017 - Horizon Health Network announced that it will permanently close the surgical program at Charlotte County Hospital on August 8, 2016. The program is closing due to low surgical volume.

"The surgical program at Charlotte County Hospital is closing due to low volume," said John McGarry, President and CEO of Horizon Health Network. "The Charlotte County Hospital will continue to play a role within the Horizon network of providing exceptional care to Charlotte County residents."

Surgical services requiring a general anesthetic will no longer be performed at the Charlotte County Hospital, however minor procedures under local will continue to be offered in the ambulatory clinic.

Charlotte County residents requiring surgery will continue to be treated at other facilities within Horizon.                                                                                                                                                    Surgical volume has been low at Charlotte County Hospital for many years, despite Horizon's efforts to increase volume.

"Horizon surgical leaders and Medical Advisory Committees have been concerned about the difficulty providing coverage and optimal care for general anesthesia surgical patients at the Charlotte County Hospital," said Dr. Dornan Chief of Staff at the Saint John Regional Hospital. "The decreasing volume of surgery ‎at the CCH and the change in practice by surgeons make closing the OR inevitable. We are tremendously thankful for the operating room staff's exceptional care to Charlotte County residents. We will continue to support the community-centric care exemplified by the CCH."

The closure of the surgical program will result in a layoff for five OR staff, including four nurses and one environmental service employee. Staff and unions were notified of the closure on July 6.

Horizon continues to actively look for ways to improve primary care to Charlotte County residents, such as increasing access to mental health services and enhancing services for chronic disease management, by working with its community members.

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Media contact:

Stephanie Neilson-Levesque
Senior Media Relations Advisor
Horizon Health Network
1-877-499-1899
Media@HorizonNB.ca
www.HorizonNB.ca




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