The following letter was written by Mayors Politis, Forget and Milinkovich to clarify municipal and hospital governance responsibilities.
MUNICIPALITIES SUPPORT MIC’S GROUP AND IT’S IMPORTANT ROLE
Matheson, Iroquois Falls and Cochrane, Ontario, February 28, 2013 – Amongst the challenges presented by Ontario’s cash constrained health care system and recent public scrutiny of internal administrative decisions, municipalities dependant on the MIC’s (Matheson, Iroquois Falls and Cochrane) Group of Hospitals express their support.
The MIC’s group of hospitals is a consortium of hospital services for these three Northern Communities whose integrated amalgamation of services and administration is years ahead of its time. Formed in 1999, the MIC’s Group of hospitals spearheaded the exact innovative direction the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the North East Local Hospital Integration Network (NELHIN) are now seeking for the rest of the region and province, some fifteen years later. The integrated services of the MICs group has served Matheson, Iroquois Falls, and Cochrane at a high standard, providing services realized through the synergies and efficiencies of integration that other communities of similar size and location struggle to realize on their own.
While recently there has been a public campaign launched by a group challenging some internal administrative decisions being made by the Administration and Boards, the municipalities served by MICs wish to clarify that it’s not their role to become involved in the business affairs of these hospital Boards. Business decisions for MICs are the responsibility of the respective Boards of this group under NELHIN directives governed by legislation from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The hospitals fall under the NELHIN’s directives while the family clinics respond directly to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
Municipalities are governed under the guidance of legislation enacted through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The MICs Boards and the Municipal Governments have clearly defined and distinctly different responsibilities and have no mandate or authority to become involved in each other’s jurisdictions. But the municipalities do wish to show their support for the MICs Board’s focus on providing excellent health care for us all.
The MICs Group of Hospitals is an important part of the social development and health of our communities and is managing many threats to our ability to maintain a high standard of health care services locally. We wish them well.
Black River-Matheson Mayor Mike Milinkovich
Iroquois Falls Mayor Gilles Forget
Cochrane Mayor Peter Politis