Bruce Power, the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) and Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) have entered into a wide-ranging Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the organizations to strengthen an already strong relationship in a number of key areas.

This MOU is all about formalizing a wide-range of activities we have been collaborating on for some time, while recognizing it’s important that we create a formal structure to ensure that we seize as many strategic opportunities as possible by working together, said Paul Rosebush, President and CEO of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre.

Through the MOU, Bruce Power will also provide $150,000 in funding to the two organizations to make enhancements related to emergency services and training of staff throughout the region. Previously, Bruce Power has collaborated with SBGHC and GBHS to support quality health care and emergency services including investments in health care infrastructure, physician recruitment and retention activities.

Bruce Power has always been a strong supporter of health care and emergency services throughout the entire region but this relationship extends far beyond funding to how our organizations work together to strategically tackle a wide-range of issues throughout the region,

said Lance Thurston, President and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services.

In 2013, Bruce Power announced $2 million in funding to support the enhancement of health care infrastructure within GBHS and SBGHC with a particular focus in the Kincardine and Southampton hospitals. In addition, Bruce Power has provided over $500,000 in funding to support physician recruitment in Kincardine and Saugeen Shores and continues to fund this initiative jointly with the municipalities of Saugeen Shores and Kincardine. The company has also committed to ongoing annual funding supporting a range of regional health initiatives through its Community Investment and Sponsorship Program.

“We’ve had a very successful working relationship over the last 14 years and now we’re looking at new areas of collaboration with a particular focus on improving regional health care and enhancing emergency services,” said James Scongack, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bruce Power.

The new funding will be used to:
• Invest in hospital infrastructure, including facility enhancements, diagnostic equipment, and specialized instrumentation;
• Improve emergency preparedness through training of staff, participation in drills and exercises, and maintenance of an integrated response plan;
• Ensure alignment and collaboration to new regulatory requirements related to the re-distribution of KI tablets.
• Continue physician recruitment initiatives with surrounding municipalities to bring new emergency room and family doctors to the region;
• Support health and wellness programs;
• Sponsor public health education and awareness campaigns; and
• Strengthen cooperation through a knowledge partnership, including research and information sharing in the areas of common interest.

About South Bruce Grey Health Centre

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) serves a community of approximately 44,000 people, plus 10,000 seasonal residents and 30,000 tourists across four rural hospital sites located in Chesley, Durham, Kincardine and Walkerton. SBGHC employs a staff of close to 400 people and all sites offer 24-hour emergency care. Other services include acute, coronary care, obstetrical, surgical and a full range of diagnostic and ambulatory care services.

About Grey Bruce Health Services

Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) is an integrated multi-site acute care public hospital organization. Its hospitals in Owen Sound, Southampton, Markdale, Meaford, Wiarton and Lion’s Head and its Withdrawal Management & Addictions Services facility in Owen Sound serve an immediate permanent population of about 106,000 people in northern Grey and Bruce counties, in addition to thousands of seasonal residents and well over two million short stay visitors annually. In addition, the Owen Sound regional hospital serves as the secondary care centre for all of Bruce and Grey Counties; a largely rural region with an overall population of 160,000.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

South Bruce Grey Health Centre

Paul Rosebush 519-370-2400 prosebush@sbghc.on.ca

Grey Bruce Health Services

Lance Thurston 519-376-2121 ext. 2801 lthurston@gbhs.on.ca

Bruce Power

John Peevers 519-361-6583 john.peevers@brucepower.com