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The Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) provides health care services in Huron County to the community of Goderich and several surrounding municipalities representing a catchment area of approximately of 25,000 people. 

Front EntranceThe AMGH is a full service community hospital providing on-call coverage for internal medicine, general surgery, diagnostic imaging, anaesthesia, and obstetrics.  In addition, the Emergency Department has a physician on duty twenty-four hours a day, seven days per week.  AMGH is the largest provider of hospital services in Huron County which includes the delivery of primary care, a range of secondary level acute and complex continuing care to its broad catchment population.

The Hospital is an active treatment facility operated under the direction of a twelve member Board of Directors. AMGH currently operates fifty-four (54) beds providing acute, long-term, psychiatric, emergency and ambulatory care and is operating under a three-year accreditation award granted in 2008.  It is a Schedule I facility with a twenty bed inpatient psychiatric unit that provides care for all of Huron County as well as providing services for some bordering communities in Bruce, Grey and Perth Counties.  The Hospital also offers full-time community psychiatric outpatient/day care facilities for the Towns of Goderich, Clinton, Seaforth and Wingham.  In addition to these community programs, the Hospital is the sponsor for the Regional Intensive Case Management program serving mentally ill patients throughout Huron and Perth Counties

2007-300x333-DrDawson.gifMedical practitioners on active staff include a general surgeon, two psychiatrists, one internist, one OB/GYN and nine family doctors. Two general practitioner anaesthetists provide anaesthesia coverage.  These physicians, supported by visiting specialists primarily from London and Stratford, provide services for a wide range of outpatient clinics including gastroenterology, general surgery, gerontology, gynaecology, internal medicine/cardiology, neurology, obstetrics, orthopaedics, paediatrics, and respirology/allergy. Two general practitioner obstetricians provide obstetrical service.

Other community services provided at AMGH include cardiology investigations, a wide range of diagnostic imaging procedures, laboratory, diabetic education, nutrition, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language pathology, pulmonary function testing, Holter monitoring, stress testing, ECG, and social work.  An active ambulatory care program is maintained and includes day surgery and outpatient paediatrics. Those patients in need of more specialized care and treatment are primarily referred to the tertiary care facilities in London.

The AMGH is proud to be a part of the Southwestern Ontario PACS initiative (picture archiving and communication system) which includes a total of 42 separate hospital sites enabling the sharing of diagnostic images between primary, secondary and tertiary care hospitals, which are linked to this network. AMGH’s Medical imaging department is well equipped with state-of the-art  diagnostic equipment including x-ray, fluoroscopy, CT, ultrasound, and mammography. The AMGH Medical Imaging department is an actively participating member of Cancer Care’s Ontario Breast Screening Program. 

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The diagnostic imaging service offers on-site radiology, mammography, fluoroscopy, and ultrasound for inpatients and outpatients. London X-ray Associates provides radiologist support, both on site and remotely.

The Hospital is intent on bringing services as close to home as possible for the people it serves. During the Strategic Planning process undertaken in 2007, participants in the Focus Groups identified the growing range of available and accessible services as an important strength of the Hospital and one of which the Hospital staff and community members are very proud. 

2007-400x318-ER-Dr-S-Spacek.gifThe Board at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital is committed to patient safety and in fostering a safe environment for patients and their families. In the interest of maintaining its high quality of care and its practice of continuous improvement, the Board wants unsafe conditions and practices eliminated. To that end, the Board has identified Patient Safety as one of its Strategic Directions with Objectives and an Action Plan to ensure its implementation.

AMGH is a fully accredited hospital with the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation which is the leader in raising the bar for quality in health. Their Mission is to drive quality in health services through accreditation. They help organizations across Canadaand internationally examine and improve the quality of service they provide to their patients and clients. AMGH strives to continually improve by participating in the Accreditation process and by meeting the identified standards and criteria and then, in recognition, receive the CCHSA’s highest award.  The AMGH is scheduled for accreditation October 22-24, 2007.

The hospital employs approximately 250 staff (part and full-time) and has an operating budget of approximately $19.5 million.

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