The United Church Health Services Society says it no longer has the financial resources to maintain health care services in the Hazelton area.
So after over a century of providing health care, the society has announced its intention to transfer Wrinch Memorial Hospital and its related operations to Northern Health.
The UCHSS says the decision was not taken lightly and it has consulted with local groups and Northern Health staff as part of a comprehensive planning process over the last six months.
The society says the United Church’s Health Care mission and staff have been part of the community from a time when there were no publicly funded health services. But after 115 years, it says the time has come to hand the work over to Northern Health for the benefit of the community.
Northern Health Chief Communications Officer Steve Raper says, in terms of front-line health services, people won’t likely see any changes.Raper says Northern Health will be able to assist Wrinch Memorial with things like recruitment and retention of health professionals.
Northern Health Board Chair Dr. Charles Jago says the health authority is committed to providing high quality health services for Hazelton and surrounding area.