How well is St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital performing?

St. Thomas, ON – A new consumer website is helping Elgin county
residents learn more about how their local area hospitals are

Unveiled for the first time today (Apr 16/09), gives Ontarians an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about how their local hospitals are performing by location, type of care, indicator, or hospital name.

By making hospital performance information easy for people to
access, is empowering patients and helping hospitals become even more accountable than they already are,” says Tom Closson,President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association.

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) has long been committed to public accountability and transparency, and is pleased to have this new site designed with the average person in mind.

“At STEGH we value accountability,” says STEGH CEO Paul Collins. “This new OHA website offers another opportunity for our community to monitor our performance.”

Patients rarely access existing hospital performance information, and
when they do, they often find it very technical and difficult to
understand. However, it is clear that patients want to know more – and understand more – about their hospitals so that they can actively manage their own health care. is about involving patients. is designed solely as a public education tool.
Patients should not use the site as a guide to choosing a hospital.

Like all public reporting on health system performance, this site
strives to inspire improved performance, enhance patient safety and
strengthen the public’s confidence in Ontario’s hospitals.

Red Cross Workers in St. Thomas Strike Today (Thursday)

ST. THOMAS, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – April 16, 2009) – Red Cross workers from St. Thomas, who provide important home care services, will begin strike action today in St. Thomas.


Who is on strike and why?

The Canadian Red Cross is under contract to provide home support services to approximately 40,000 Ontarians who are experiencing vulnerable times in their lives, whether through illness, disability, or other circumstances. 3,000 women and men are employed by Red Cross as personal support workers in communities across the province. They’ve been in a legal strike position since May. Continue reading