For Immediate Release
January 30, 2001

Joseph Moore
General Manager
Ambulance and Emergency Programs
Region of Peel


(Brampton) - The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has designated the Brampton Memorial Campus of the William Osler Health Centre as the Base Hospital for Peel Regional Ambulance Services. This decision means that all medical oversight of all paramedics in Peel will be consolidated into the William Osler Health Centre.

Previously, the William Osler Health Centre and the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington, Ontario had provided Base Hospital service in Peel.

Regional Council recently approved a resolution recommending that the Minister of Health and Long- Term Care be requested to select the William Osler Health Centre, under the direction of Dr. Sheldon Cheskes, as the designated Base Hospital for Peel Regional Ambulance Services. The designation of a single Peel-based hospital will ensure consistent Emergency Medical Services (EMS) delivery across the Region.

" We are pleased that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has heard the Council recommendation and acted upon it in good faith," says Regional Chair Emil Kolb. "Medical oversight is a critical element of Peel Regional Ambulance Services, and it is fitting that a Peel-based facility should fulfil this role."

The Base Hospital Program provides critical medical oversight, or monitoring, of paramedics to ensure procedures and practices are administered according to provincially defined standards. With the transition of land ambulance service from the province to the Upper Tier Municipalities (UTMs) on Jan. 1, 2001, the need for a Base Hospital in the local community soon became apparent.

"Peel Region has always been well served by its Base Hospital Programs," says Joseph Moore, General Manager, Ambulance and Emergency Programs.

"However, the restructuring of the ambulance program as a seamless, Regional service has mandated the consolidation of medical oversight within a single entity.

We are delighted that Dr. Cheskes and his team have been selected to serve our community. They have established a reputation for excellence that will ensure that the transition is executed smoothly and efficiently. We also extend our thanks to Dr. Matthew Stempien and the Joseph Brant Memorial Base Hospital Program, for their many years of exemplary service to the residents of Peel Region."

The transition will occur during the first quarter of 2001.

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