New model of care coming to Almonte General Hospital

agh_logoThe Almonte General Hospital provided this article to the Millstone in answer to queries about the changes anticipated at the hospital.

Almonte General Hospital (AGH) is implementing a new model of care with the introduction of Personal Support Workers (PSWs) to its team of health care professionals in the Complex Continuing Care unit.

This innovation in care is in keeping with best practices in health services. It also assists in meeting the Hospital’s obligation to operate in a fiscally responsible manner in challenging times.

AGH is implementing a new more efficient model of caring for patients. Keeping the well-being of patients and staff at the forefront, AGH is adding 11 PSWs (five full time and six part time) to the Rosamond Unit. This is being done after carefully considering the care needs of the patient population and the admission criteria to the unit. Staffing in the Medical/Surgical unit is also being adjusted to reflect the ebbs and flows of unit occupancy. Both of these changes will result in a reduction of 10 RPNs on the units.

AGH is working closely with the union to ensure the collective agreement is respected and followed. In accordance with the collective agreement retirement and voluntary exits are being offered before any layoff notices are issued.

“We are proud of the safe, high quality care that our patients and residents receive.” said Mary Wilson Trider, AGH’s President & CEO. “In this fiscal climate, the challenge is finding ways to live within our means while ensuring quality and safety are always at the forefront of the patient and staff experience. Embracing the addition of PSWs is in line with that”.

Having PSWs on as members of the care team will allow RNs and RPNs at AGH to provide care to patients at their full scope of practice. Adding PSWs to the staff mix will enable AGH to more effectively and appropriately use the expertise of staff. This multi-disciplinary model of care will take full advantage of the unique training and skill sets of RNs, RPNs and PSWs working together fostering collaboration, cooperation and teamwork.

The Almonte General Hospital is a 52-bed acute/complex continuing care hospital serving Mississippi Mills (Almonte, Pakenham and Ramsay), Arnprior, Carleton Place, the City of Ottawa and surrounding townships. The Hospital provides emergency and acute care, and runs the regional obstetrical, complex continuing care and day hospital programs. The Hospital also operates Fairview Manor, a 112-bed long-term care facility whose residents are drawn from Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place, Beckwith, Lanark Highlands and the western part of the City of Ottawa. The Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor provide safe and quality programs and services, at one location, close to home.