Sudbury hospital officials say they will continue to work with the community through satellite sites and health promotion in an effort to help patients heal and stay healthy.
Details from Health Sciences North’s strategic plan were unveiled Wednesday and outlined the facilities' priorities for the next five years. Hospital president Denis Roy said the system of "patient-centered" care is being partially achieved with help from the patient and family advisory board.
The group's importance will be expanded over the next five years, he said.
"If I had to put money on priorities, I would say that we have to work very hard with patients," Roy continued. "Let the patients tell us what they think should be done."
First Nations, Francophones not mentioned
The hospital wants to focus on health and wellness, not just treating illness and disease.
"When we talk to patients, they want to spend as little time as possible within the hospital and more in their house," he said. "So the concept of a hospital without walls is precisely that one."
Nickel Belt MPP France Gelinas called the plan bold and exciting at a time when health budgets are being constrained.
However, the New Democrat critic for health and long term care said she thought something was missing, and noted northeastern Ontario has a big First Nations and Francophone population, and neither were mentioned in the plan.
"I don’t think that they’ve been forgotten, they just haven’t been put at the forefront," Gelinas said. "I would have liked to have seen a little more of that."
The full strategic plan follows: