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NHH certified diabetes educators really do exist despite hospital denials

It’s one thing not to be acknowledged for the work you do. It’s quite another when your hospital says you don’t do that work at all.

Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) is saying that it “does not currently provide any specialized diabetes education for outpatients and inpatients.” For the certified diabetes educators at the hospital, this may come as a surprise.

The “integration team” is presently pushing forward a plan to bring in nurses and/or dietitians from the Port Hope Community Health Centre (CHC) to provide diabetes education not only to patients in the NHH’s dialysis unit, but to give best practices instruction to staff at the hospital. This is even though two seasoned certified diabetes educators are already on the staff of the Cobourg hospital and a third staff member is being supported towards certification.

There’s nothing worse for staff morale than telling somebody they don’t really exist, especially when they do.

Newly appointed NHH CEO Linda Davis may want to have a chat with her own certified diabetes educators before involving outside help. She could be surprised to learn that the expertise the hospital is seeking may be right under her nose.

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Unintended Consequences – Northumberland Hills CEO says replacing ALC patients comes at a cost

Reducing the number of “alternative level of care” (ALC) patients in a hospital may have unintended consequences.

Robert Biron, CEO of the Cobourg’s Northumberland Hills Hospital, told the Central East LHIN yesterday that his current operating deficit may be partially linked to the hospital’s success in reducing the number of ALC patients from a high of 36.8 per cent in December 2010 to a low of 2 per cent in June of this year.

Alternate level of care patients are those who have completed their acute care treatment at the hospital but are not well enough to return home. Wait lists for long-term care beds and home care services have left many hospitals without an ability to responsibly discharge these patients.

Biron says filling the former ALC beds with high acuity patients requires more resources, not less, including advanced nursing care. These are additional costs to the hospital in a year when base budgets are frozen.

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