Sault Area Hospital to keep its mental health beds
The North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) board has approved a decision to allow the Sault Area Hospital (SAH) to keep seven acute mental health beds after it moves to its new site. It was expected that under its cost-saving Hospital Improvement Plan, the hospital would reduce its mental health capacity from 30 to 23 beds with its spring move to a new hospital site. The hospital lobbied the Northeast LHIN board to keep the beds and the LHIN agreed in April 2010 that SAH should continue to receive funding for the beds due to high demand. See “SAH Acute Mental Health Beds Officially Saved: LHIN,” Sault Star online edition, September 23, 2010, available at www.saultstar.com.