The current national health care kerfuffle is affecting local discussions on the future of regional medical treatment. Sheridan Memorial Hospital is now developing its 2012 Strategic Plan. They have held multiple brainstorming sessions this week, including two on Tuesday--one at Sheridan College and one at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. These discussions included a spectrum of community members outside the health care profession. Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty says this wider discussion has been very good so far
Several of the topics brought up were the shortage of primary physicians, educating and improving pubic perception of local medical treatment, and areas of treatment that need to be improved or expanded. Costs were also a big concern, both due to the possibility of an MDU utility rate increase, and also uncertainty over the future structure of national health came from.
After a total of about 8 meetings this week, McCafferty says the Hospital Board and local physicians will meet to discuss the findings from these discussions.