Working together to support health care in Cumberland Region

In response to Nova Scotia Health’s (NSH) decision to temporarily change the hours of the Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) at All Saints Springhill Hospital, municipal officials from the Cumberland region, MLAs Tory Rushton and Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin and a group of local health stakeholders, including those representing local hospital foundations and both physician and non-physician recruitment committees, met with senior staff of NSH earlier this week in Springhill.

Cumberland Mayor Murray Scott, Amherst Mayor David Kogon, Oxford Councillor Paul Jones, the MLAs, and the local stakeholders all expressed concerns and frustration with the present state of health care in the Cumberland region.

Nova Scotia Health officials provided the group with an update on the process that led to the temporary closure. They committed to the future of All Saints Hospital, that the current changes were temporary and that Emergency Room services would be restored after the temporary reassignment of staff was complete. They also committed to regular updates for the community.

Those in attendance, 16 in all, have committed to work together to support the recruitment and retention of staff and physicians to deliver programs and services at All Saints Hospital in Springhill, North Cumberland Hospital in Pugwash, South Cumberland Community Care Clinic in Parrsboro, Bayview Memorial Health Centre in Advocate and Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Upper Nappan.

Nova Scotia Health, Cumberland region Mayors and MLAs, the community recruitment committees and health care foundations have all agreed to keep the lines of communication open as they work through this temporary closure.