Dr. Sheldon Cheskes, Medical Director, Sunnybrook Centre for Pre-Hospital Medicine and Peel Regional Paramedic Services
Dr. Sheldon Cheskes, Medical Director, Sunnybrook Centre for Pre-Hospital Medicine and Peel Regional Paramedic Services, provided Regional Council with the Annual Medical Director's Update, highlighting the impact of research and advances in resuscitation on patient outcomes in the Region of Peel. Cardiac arrest survival rates have increased 92 per cent from 2007 and more work is being done to improve those rates.
Dr. Cheskes stated that Peel Regional Paramedic Service is a recognized leader in pre-hospital care and its participation in research has led to improved outcomes and quality of care provided to residents of Peel Region. Cardiac arrest and ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) outcomes in the Region of Peel are among North America's best and future research in stroke care could revolutionize stroke care around the world.
Trillium Health Partner's (THP) Submission to the Province of Ontario
Regional Council passed a resolution in support of Trillium Health Partners' (THP) submission to the Province of Ontario for funding to move forward with the next stage of planning for their capital Master Plan. Michelle Di Emanuele and Edward Sellers, THP, presented the Master Plan and provided Regional Council with an overview of the growing and changing population that has increased 28 per cent over the last decade. THP is the busiest hospital in Ontario and the Emergency department and Urgent Care Centre sees double the volume of patients they were built for. THP has developed a plan to build 955 new beds on their three existing sites.
The resolution passed by Regional Council urges the Province of Ontario to invest $5 million to move forward with the next stage of planning for THP's capital Master Plan which would include a detailed description of programs and services and confirmation of the estimated bed and space requirements for the hospital over the next 20 years.
Regional Council approved the implementation of a curbside battery collection program beginning in 2016. The program will consist of two curbside single-use battery collection events per year, at an approximate cost of $150,000.
Household single-use batteries are considered Household Hazardous Waste which is not currently included in the Region's curbside collection program. Batteries are accepted free of charge at any of the Region's Community Recycling Centres (CRC's) and can also be dropped off at designated barrels located at approximately 70 City of Mississauga, City of Brampton and Town of Caledon facilities. Adding batteries to the Region's curbside collection program could result in approximately 40 per cent of the available batteries being captured and disposed of properly. Staff will evaluate the program for a one year period considering the amount of batteries collected and the cost of the program, and will report back to Regional Council with the findings.
Regional Council endorsed a Community Engagement Strategy for engaging the Peel community in a meaningful dialogue to inform the next Strategic Plan and Term of Council Outcomes. The Strategy identifies a number of tactics that will ensure a broad reach to the Peel Community from April to the end of July 2015 including Open Houses and Councillor Ward Meetings. Two Special Regional Council meetings have been scheduled for April 16, 2015 and June 18, 2015 for development of the Plan and term-focused outcomes, with a final draft report to be presented to Regional Council in September 2015.