Island Health continues to perform at a high level

August 11, 2016

Island Health is admitting more patients, performing more surgeries and operating more hospice beds than a year ago, according to Island Health’s year-end statistical report for 2015/16.

On a typical day last year, 16 babies were born, 317 CT scans were performed, 174 patients underwent surgery in hospital, 1,016 people visited an emergency department, and 196 were admitted to hospital.

“I am proud of our people, our programs and our services,” said Island Health President and CEO Dr. Brendan Carr. “Working together, we continue to deliver patient-centred, high quality health services and care to the residents of Vancouver Island.”

The year-end stats also show that more patients are receiving nursing and rehabilitation services in their homes. In addition, there has been a 16 percent increase in the number of acute and residential palliative/hospice beds, as well as an increase in the number of community mental health and substance use beds.

“I am pleased to report that we are showing growth and improvement in areas that boost population health,” said Dr. Carr said. “Through our home-based programs and services, we are helping to keep people healthy in their own communities, and when necessary, providing better end-of-life care, closer to home.”

The number of hip and knee surgeries jumped by 17.1 percent, and the number of MRIs has increased by more than 13 percent, with 31,908 performed last year.

“Despite these increases, we recognize patients are still waiting too long for certain surgical procedures,” Dr. Carr acknowledged. “That’s why we continue to make addressing surgical wait times a top priority at Island Health.”

For details: Fact Sheet on Service Level Statistics (pdf)

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