Nipigon District Memorial Hospital is a 37 bed facility providing health care and wellness promotion services to the residents of the Nipigon catchment area. The Hospital provides services through in-patient and out-patient programs originating from its central site in the town ofNipigon. The Hospital site has 15 acute care beds, 15 long term care beds, and seven chronic care beds – one of which is a short-stay respite bed.
The Hospital provides inpatient acute care, long term and chronic care services, 24 hour emergency services including emergency labour and delivery, cardiac care including telemetry, rehab and stress testing, palliative care, medical day care, diagnostic services (laboratory, radiography, ultrasound, pulmonary function testing), rehab services including [physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietician, diabetes outreach services, foot care, cancer care (in partnership with the Regional Cancer Program); and specialist clinics and services – both on-site and via the Ontario Telemedicine Network.
Since 1973, the Hospital has administered the budget for the Beardmore Health Centre located some 57 kilometres north of Nipigon. This original healthcare facility opened in 1943 as a Hospital and later in November of 1974 became the Beardmore Regional Health Centre. Over the years Beardmore has been serviced by physicians and nurses dedicated to delivering quality healthcare to this northern community.
After much planning, the community of Beardmore celebrated the opening of a new facility shared with the Township of Beardmore in June 2012. The addition of the Ontario Telemedicine Network service at the Health Centre has further closed the gap to specialized services for the people of Beardmore.
Small hospitals in rural areas have a role beyond simply caring for the sick. Opportunities to expand health care services beyond the traditional Hospital role are facilitated through integrative and collaborative partnerships with local and regional health care providers, stakeholders, the communities and the public. Primary care, health promotion, chronic disease management, and specialty care services can be provided through innovative service delivery methods developed through partnerships.