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Government & policy

Murray Martin steps in at Cambridge Memorial

CAMBRIDGE, Ont.  – The government of Ontario has appointed Murray Martin (pictured), CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences, as the temporary supervisor of the troubled Cambridge Memorial Hospital. He will report directly to Health Minister David Caplan.

Martin assumes full powers of the volunteer hospital board, the corporation, its officers and members of the corporation.

Caplan cited “outstanding and ongoing governance and management matters that require immediate attention” in a release announcing Martin’s appointment.

The deficit-plagued hospital is losing control of its operations after a contentious operational review conducted by four outsiders and released last June. The review takes aim at the hospital’s directors and senior managers, portraying them as defiantly unwilling to live within approved government funding, and without a Plan B if the hospital runs out of funds.

Cambridge Memorial, which is pursuing a stalled expansion plan, is projecting a deficit exceeding $5 million this year. It’s the second time the Cambridge hospital has been put under control of a supervisor since 2003.

In a release, Martin said he looks forward to working with hospital staff and the local health-care funding agency, to seek solutions. “I expect that recommendations from the operational review will serve in the best interest of residents of Cambridge and the surrounding area,” he said.

 

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