Rainycrest, Riverside merge is progressing

An advisory subcommittee for issues relating to Rainycrest Home for the Aged here has been formed and will be reporting to Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc., which was granted interim control of the home back on March 18 by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
“As of this moment, it has been authorized to move forward towards an amalgamation of the two facilities,” said Riverside board chair Craig Sanders.
“They will also communicate on behalf of the board on issues related to Rainycrest,” he added.
For example, the subcommittee recently sent letters to Rainycrest staff, thanking them for their hard work through the recent difficult times and welcoming them to the Riverside organization.
The members of the subcommittee are Sanders (chair), Norma Elliott (interim administrator at Rainycrest), Liz Clark (chief of nursing at Riverside), Wayne Woods (Riverside CEO), Emily Watson (La Vallee reeve), Ian Simpson, Cecil Ogden, and Telford Advent.
Sanders noted there is one member from each of the main catchment areas in the district: east, central, and west.
Any further authority the subcommittee may have is yet to be determined.
“Where it goes from here is still sort of an open question until we meet with municipalities,” Sanders said.
Riverside held its monthly board meeting Thursday night, where Woods gave an update on the progress at Rainycrest.
“With the help of Extendicare, we’re starting to get a handle on things,” he said. “There are compliance issues, and we’re trying to get a handle on it.
“It’s going to take quite a little while.”
Woods noted the staff is working hard to correct the compliance issues, and may have them all under control by the fall.
“Until we get them all, every last one, the ministry will not budge. They will not open that facility up,” he noted.
Admissions were suspended at Rainycrest on Feb. 18.
“The staff is doing an excellent job. It’s a lot of change for them,” Woods added.
He also noted construction on Phase IV renovations at La Verendrye Hospital is progressing on schedule, “in fact, maybe a little bit ahead.”
In other news, the Riverside board still is waiting to hear from the ministry on what its funding will be for 2005-06. It is expecting to end 2004-05 with a surplus of about $150,000.