Board meeting held in Windsor

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The Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network has provided just over $1 million to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance for several initiatives.

During Tuesday's meeting in Windsor, the board made a number of funding allocations to organizations throughout its jurisdiction.

The CKHA money will go towards mental health and addictions, chronic disease management, regional engagement activities and emergency department sustainability strategies.

According to a report, the latter item will reduce the need for Health Force Ontario staffing. Other funds will provide flexibility for unforeseen one-time costs.

Here are other matters dealt with during Tuesday's meeting:

- The board received an update on the facility improvement plan for the Chatham office, which needs more space for new programs. It is estimated the annual accommodations expenses will be $70,000, along with $250,000 in leasehold improvements to make the space suitable. Discussions will occur between the ministry and landlord concerning construction plans.

- The LHIN allocated funding to the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres Walpole Island satellite site ($179,000); Fairfield Park long-term care home (up to $40,000) for an additional five beds; CKHA (up to $100,000) for an additional 10 long-term care beds; Chatham-Kent March of Dimes ($40,000); and Lambton Elderly Outreach ($40,000).

- CKHA and Bluewater Health received $152,992 and $202,089 respectively to ease alternate level of care pressures.






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