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Dr. Olivia Cheng (front left), orthopedic surgeon, performs a shoulder repair surgery at Georgian Bay General Hospital.

February 11, 2020 – Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) is now providing shoulder repair surgery as part of the hospital’s expansion of surgical services. GBGH was funded for 33 shoulder surgeries in 2019-2020 by the Ministry of Health, enabling the hospital to provide this care to its community.

These procedures – including repairing the shoulder joint, rotator cuff and clavicular joints, as well as muscles and tendons of the arm around the shoulder – are needed within GBGH’s North Simcoe catchment area. Nearly 100 patients from Tiny, Tay, Midland, Penetanguishene, Springwater and Wasaga received shoulder inspection/repair outside this region last year.

“We are working diligently to find opportunities to expand our surgical program to benefit both our community and GBGH,” says Lucille Perreault, vice president of clinical services and chief nursing executive, GBGH. “We know how important it is for patients to receive care within their own community whenever possible and we’re very pleased to be able to provide this new service.”

In preparation for performing shoulder procedures, GBGH purchased equipment to perform these procedures including arthroscopes/laproscopes, a shoulder scope set and an E-Z lift beach chair and shoulder table accessory storage cart. The hospital was able to buy this equipment due to funds raised at the Glenn Howard Charity Golf Tournament for enhancing GBGH’s surgical program.

As shoulder surgeries are a new procedure for GBGH, the operating room team received the required training in the fall and the hospital began offering this service in November 2019. As of the end of January, GBGH had performed 15 shoulder surgeries and will complete all 33 cases by the end of March. Shoulder repairs performed at GBGH are typically day surgeries and are considered Quality Based Procedures, offering additional funding from the Ministry of Health to hospitals.

Local patients have already voiced their appreciation for having this service available close to home.

“In December I had rotator cuff surgery at GBGH and wanted to say how pleased I was with the whole experience,” says patient Paul Jagos. “The facilities were clean and updated with new equipment. The nurses, anesthesiologist and surgeon were courteous, kind and professional. Everything was explained so even I knew what was going to happen. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone involved for making my experience as pleasant as possible.”

The procedures are being performed by orthopedic surgeons from GBGH, Collingwood and Barrie.

Jennifer Moore
Communications Officer, GBGH
705-526-1300 ext 5177

Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) is a 113-bed hospital serving residents and visitors in the Southern Georgian Bay shoreline communities of Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny Township, Tay Township, Beausoleil First Nation, Georgian Bay Township and Springwater Township.

In order to identify a diverse group of Board members for the hospital, GBGH’s Community Based Nominations Committee (CBNC) is seeking expressions of interest from members of our community to fill four (4) vacant positions on our Board of Directors.

The GBGH Board is skills-based and provides governance oversight (as opposed to management) of the hospital’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan. Through recruitment, the hospital seeks individuals who bring a variety of skills and diverse perspectives to a Director role. All skills sets and backgrounds provide valuable insights to the hospital’s governance, and we are seeking strengths in finance and political advocacy, as well as individuals who reflect the communities GBGH serves (including Francophone, First Nation, Metis and Inuit communities).

Please direct enquiries to:

Community Based Nominations Committee –
Attention: Chair
C/O Sarah Pendlebury
Georgian Bay General Hospital
1112 St. Andrew’s Drive,
P.O. Box 760
Midland, ON L4R 4P4

Applications, including resumes, must be received by 9:00 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2020.