Advanced medical technology has dramatically improved
healthcare. Timely access to state-of-the-art medical
technology in emergency, ambulatory, in-patient and diagnostic
care is the defining mark of quality in hospitals across
Ontario. To be successful, treatment of some life-threatening
conditions should begin within an hour. In an area such
as ours, only access to adequate facilities, equipment
and experienced staff in a local hospital ensures the
maintenance of this standard of patient care.
The Markdale Hospital is at significant risk of falling
below an acceptable level of care. Structural deterioration,
the obsolete layout of the facility particularly in the
emergency department, and inadequate out-patient and diagnostic
areas put the existing building at odds with current medical
Current techniques and administrative systems have radically
reduced the length of hospital stay. Procedures that once
necessitated weeks of hospitalization are now available
on an out-patient basis. This improvement is accomplished
by providing increased out-patient and ambulatory patient
care but our current hospital building cannot support
this transition. Similar restrictions exist for the hospitalized
patients. Our present facility simply cannot accommodate
current medical advances in diagnosis and treatment.
Radical changes are needed if the Markdale Hospital is
to continue providing relevant, quality patient care.
We all depend on local, timely, up-to-date healthcare
and we should not accept less than the provincial standard.
Markdale needs a new hospital. We must take action.