Cornwall Community Hospital Release – Dump 4 Lab Jobs – Improve Service – Say What?

Cornwall Community Hospital Release – Dump 4 Lab Jobs – Improve Service – Say What?

CCH Emerg NEWCORNWALL Ontario –  After playing “funny beggars” last week when we asked CCH about the closed lab they issued a release this afternoon.


The Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA) has taken measures to broaden and enhance the pathology service at its laboratory within the Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH). The technical elements of the local service will leverage the capabilities of the EORLA Integrated Pathology Program and the EORLA Reference AP Laboratory. By implementing this model, it ensures that the EORLA Pathologists at Cornwall Community Hospital get the maximum benefit from all tools and resources available to ensure optimal service and care for the patients and clinicians of the CCH. The benefits of the enhancements include supporting local pathologists to continue excellent pathology service, support improvements in technical turn-around-times and specimen integrity. The new model also ensures a cost effective and sustainable model is in place. All direct patient contact will continue to be in Cornwall and EORLA continues to operate a significant laboratory within CCH.

Surgical Pathology as a discipline is proactively continuing to pursue excellent patient care, with every effort to ensure patient safety. Pathologists are medical doctors who are specialists in the diagnosis of diseases in tissue samples, using a variety of techniques. The preparation of these specimens is the responsibility of trained laboratory technologists and pathologist’s assistants. The information given in these reports provides much more than just the diagnosis, especially in cases of cancer where additional features of the tumours are used to provide more specific and effective therapy by the treating physicians. One hundred percent of all cancer treatments require a pathology report. Integrating the technical elements of pathology within the EORLA Integrated Pathology Program will ensure the future stability of the onsite pathology service and the continued provision of quality pathology service to the patients and physicians of the Cornwall Community Hospital.

The changes will regrettably mean that up to four technical staff could be affected. EORLA is committed to a process where all affected staff will be treated fairly with compassion and respect. All efforts will be taken to mitigate the impact on our frontline staff including exploration of redeployment within the Cornwall laboratory and the broader EORLA operations.

The Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA) is a member-based, incorporated, not-for-profit organization delivering high quality, cost effective sustainable and safe medical laboratory services. EORLA membership comprises the 16 acute care hospitals within the Champlain LHIN, including Cornwall Community Hospital. On April 1, 2012 the 16 member hospitals turned over the operations of their medical laboratories to EORLA, and at that point, EORLA became the largest voluntary integrated laboratory in Ontario. EORLA represents a unique approach to health system integration. It represents the best principles of collaboration and has moved from concept to operation by the collective will of the hospital leaders within the Champlain LHIN, the support of the Champlain LHIN and the support of the Ministry of Health. The model embraces the values of the Ministry of Health by delivering patient-focused, results-driven, integrated and sustainable laboratory services to its member hospitals today and into the future.

I know I don’t have a medical degree, but it sounds like this release is suggesting that by dumping four lab jobs in Cornwall somehow service for we patients will improve.

That’s probably why Ms Despatie pulls down the loot she does each year; because oddly enough many people just might believe this?

What do you think Cornwall?  You can post your comments below.

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