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Dunnville Hospital Makes Budget Cuts
Media Release
January 24, 2014
Dunnville Hospital Makes Budget Cuts

DUNNVILLE – Under pressure as a result of a freeze in government funding, Haldimand
War Memorial Hospital this week informed staff of some cuts that will be made at the
hospital over the next two months.
Most of the changes affect administrative and non-clinical positions. These include
reductions in staffing in materials management, housekeeping, finance and recreational
therapy services, as well as clerical staff in the Emergency Department.
The only clinical service the hospital will reduce is its physiotherapy service. This change
coincides with Dunnville Physio - a community clinic located on Lock Street in Dunnville -
receiving a government grant that will see a significant increase in its capacity to serve the
community.
“In an attempt to keep our physiotherapy service at its current level, the hospital also
applied for funding, but was turned down,” says president and CEO David Montgomery.
“This is not surprising given that the government’s objective is to have outpatient
physiotherapy services provided in community clinics, not in hospitals.”
The funding freeze makes running the hospital very challenging, Montgomery adds, noting
that hospitals across Ontario are in the same situation and are struggling with difficult
decisions.
“Each year that our government funding is frozen we have a significant financial challenge
because our costs keep rising. Our annual shortfall for the coming years is at least
$250,000, and could be as high as $400,000 in the worst case scenario,” he says. “Doing
nothing is not an option if we want to make sure the hospital is sustainable and availto future generations.”
The Dunnville hospital is already efficient, so there are no easy cost-saving solutions left to
consider, says Montgomery. “The board and management agonized over the changes we
need to make, but we can only do so much with the money we receive.”
Adds Board of Directors chair Deanna Williams, “After careful consideration, the board
approved changes needed to overcome our hospital’s funding challenges, while having
the least negative impact on the community.”
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For more information contact David Montgomery, President and CEO, (905) 774-7431 or
dmontgomery@hwmh.ca.
Haldimand War Memorial Hospital • Dunnville, Ontario • 905.774.7431