The CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital applauded frontline workers on Thursday, while warning of more pressure on the healthcare system anticipated this fall.
During the hospital’s annual general board meeting, held virtually again this year, David Musyj said that frontline workers “were the story” of the past fiscal year.
“Their dedication, focus, caring and professionalism is what has resulted in a successful year considering everything they have faced,” said Musyj.
“I continue to try to remind the public that our frontline workers are human, which means they live outside of this hospital. They share similar life stresses that many have encountered in the past two years.”
The hospital has about 10% more frontline staff now than it did before the COVID-19 pandemic began. However, the hospital is not seeing the “typical summer relief” – demand for medical care has historically dropped during the warm months.
“We are seeing more than 100% census with about 53 more beds than before COVID,” Musyj said. “Our system is stressed. We’re worried about what’s coming for us in the fall.
“We are planning the worst in the best possible way. The hospital attending to the case cannot happen soon. ”
Dr. Wassim Saad, the hospital’s chief of staff, said that while Windsor Regional has lost some staff to retirements “due to the stress of the pandemic”, it has also “recruited many professionals in the past year”.
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Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation president Beth Ann Prince said the foundation managed to raise $3.6 million in the last fiscal year “despite some significant challenges” from the pandemic.
“The funds were used to purchase (for) virtually every program at the hospital,” Prince said. This includes “major investments” in the neonatal intensive care unit, operating rooms, cardiac care unit, high and low beds for patient rooms and much more.