Burlington hospital CEO says facility continues to struggle with caseload, staffing


Published September 6, 2022 at 10:12 am

Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington continues to struggle with patient caseload and staff shortages according to a high-ranking official.

Eric Vandewall, president and CEO of Jo Brant, made the claims in a press release sent late last week.

“Over the past two-and-a-half years, we have made significant progress in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and we are tremendously proud of what we have accomplished together,” said Vandewall.

“Our healthcare system continues to feel the impact of the pandemic.”

Vandewall said staff and physicians continue to work hard to meet the growing and complex health care needs of the community, but are are under strain.

“The pressures Joseph Brant Hospital is experiencing are not unique to us. Hospitals across Ontario are facing challenges with wait times, bed capacity, and a nationwide shortage of healthcare providers.”

The current situation at Jo Brant is:

Average acute occupancy in August was 102 per cent

As of August 30, 25 healthcare workers were off work due to COVID-19

Approximately 2,193 people are waiting for surgery at JBH

There are actions Vandewall said residents can take to ensure their own health and well-being and to support JBH teams.

Kindness matters. Please take the time to thank a physician, nurse, or healthcare worker who you may know, let them know how much they are appreciated and valued.

Review your health care options. If you are feeling unwell, please consider your healthcare options before visiting our Emergency Department. Our ED remains open to the community.

Know your eligibility for vaccinations. Every vaccination matters in reducing the risk of transmission and hospitalization. To determine your eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine or seasonal flu shot, please visit Halton Public Health website.

Join our team. Every staff member and physician makes a unique and vital contribution to JBH. We are actively recruiting for a number of exciting positions in clinical and non-clinical areas. If you would like to join our outstanding and dedicated team – or know someone who is – we encourage you to visit JBH’s Careers webpage for more information and to follow us on social media.

Be a Volunteer. JBH volunteers play an important role in providing support to patients and their loved ones. We are looking for new volunteers, particularly those who are available during the day on weekdays. Learn more about becoming a JBH Volunteer.

“We know this had been a challenging time for everyone. I would like to express my gratitude to our team of staff, physicians and volunteers who continue to provide exemplary, compassionate care. I would also like to thank you, our community, for your unwavering support.”

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