The health system balanced its budget for the first time in recent history. This meant mitigating a $70-million deficit. The organization carried $29 million in existing deficits from the former district health authorities and faced $41 million in new pressures and inflation. The achievement is more than financial: it supported the organization’s focus on delivering sustainable, quality care and services.
To address the $70-million pressure, the organization:
Being one provincial health authority has allowed us to be more responsive and effective when faced with challenges. For instance, after sterilizers caused debris to appear on operating equipment at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Colchester East Hants Health Centre pitched in to supply OR trays, allowing surgeries in Halifax to resume quickly.
As one system, we are better able to share best practices across the organization and make the most efficient, effective use of finite resources.