Terrace Bay, ON – Effective on April 1, 2016, Wilson Memorial General Hospital in Marathon, and The McCausland Hospital in Terrace Bay will be officially amalgamated into one corporation called the North of Superior Healthcare Group. This is the culmination of a journey that began in 2008 when Wilson Memorial General Hospital and The McCausland Hospital entered into a Joint Venture Agreement that allowed the sharing of senior administration between the two organizations.
“This is wonderful news for our community,” said Adam Brown, who will continue to be Chief Executive Officer of both hospital sites. “Operating as a single corporation will allow us to combine our expertise to improve the coordination of care among the communities that we serve. It will also reduce the administrative burden that comes with operating as two separate entities, allowing us to focus our efforts on sustaining and growing health care services in the communities that we serve.”
Jason Nesbitt, Chair of The McCausland Hospital Board of Directors, recognizes the opportunities that come along with this announcement: “This merger will, in fact, provide us with the foundation to continue to grow and evolve the excellent quality care in our region.” Ken McIntyre, Chair of the Wilson Memorial General Hospital Board of Directors, echoed that sentiment, and expressed his gratitude to all who have been a part of this change: “I would like to commend the efforts of past and current Board members, Administration, and the North West Local Health Integration Network (NWLHIN) for the vision, expertise and hard work that has allowed our corporations’ relationship to evolve towards this full merger.”
The NWLHIN extends its congratulations to the North of Superior Healthcare Group, recognizing the two hospitals for their contribution to health system transformation and integration. “This amalgamation demonstrates the hard work and commitment of both hospitals and advances the vision of an integrated health care system in service to the health and well-being of the people of Northwestern Ontario,” said Brian Ktytor, Senior Director of Health System Performance with the NWLHIN.
The hospital sites will maintain their names, and will operate as part of the North of Superior Healthcare Group. “We are accountable to the communities, the people, that Wilson Memorial General Hospital and The McCausland Hospital serve,” said Adam Brown. “This is an important step in achieving our Vision of Healthy Communities, Now and in the Future.”
- Wilson Memorial General Hospital and The McCausland Hospital entered into a Joint Venture Agreement in 2008 which allowed the sharing of senior administration between the two organizations and a Joint Board Agreement in 2013 which allowed for coordinated governance of both Hospital corporations.
- On April 1, 2016, by approval under Subsection 4(1) of the Public Hospitals Act (PHA) and under Sections 113 and 133 or the Corporations Act, Wilson Memorial General Hospital and The McCausland Hospital will amalgamate as a single corporation under the name “North of Superior Healthcare Group.”
- The NWLHIN is responsible for planning, integrating and funding local health services – hospitals, long-term care homes, the Community Care Access Centre, community health centres, community support services and mental health and addictions agencies.