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St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Capacity Challenges [Media Releases]

Published On: June 28, 2022

(St. Thomas, ON) St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is notifying residents in Elgin County of the pressures facing the local healthcare system. Hospitals across the South West continue to experience human resources shortages, including physicians, and all hospitals are working closely together to minimize potential service impacts and manage wait times. Heading into the […]

Masking Requirement to Continue at STEGH [Media Releases]

Published On: June 9, 2022

Although COVID-19 related hospitalizations and critical illnesses are declining across the province, vulnerable populations continue to be at heightened risk of COVID-19 infections and other acute respiratory illnesses. STEGH is committed to doing everything possible to keep patients and staff safe. This includes following best practices in infection, prevention and occupational health practices. STEGH will […]

Discovery Week brings rural and regional medicine front and centre [Media Releases]

Published On: May 30, 2022

Six million Canadians live in rural and remote communities, making up almost 18 per cent of the population. The Canadian Institute for Health Information reports that less than ten per cent of physicians practice in those areas. Research has shown that one of the four factors which increases the likelihood of a physician choosing to […]

South West Hospitals to Maintain Masking Requirements Indefinitely [Media Releases]

Published On: April 11, 2022

Hospitals across the south west, including St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) have updated their ongoing protections against COVID-19 and confirm that current masking requirements for all individuals entering their facilities will continue indefinitely. “As a system of hospitals, we have been continually assessing what we feel are responsible protections for our patients, our teams, […]

“Tree of Life” grows as 23 leaves are added in honour of organ and tissue donation at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital [Media Releases]

Published On: April 6, 2022

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is proud to announce the addition of 23 donor leaves to its “Tree of Life”, honouring organ and tissue donation at STEGH. In celebration of BeADonor Month, the hospital is recognizing 21 tissue donors and two organ donors at STEGH by adding one leaf for each donation. The donations […]

New Partnership at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Aims to Enhance Patient Safety and Reduce Workplace Injuries [Media Releases]

Published On: March 2, 2022

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) has partnered with ARJO Diligent Clinical Consultants to launch a program aimed at enhancing the safety of patients and team members. Through the ARJO Diligent Program, trained mobility coaches will work collaboratively with teams at STEGH to provide a customized program to establish areas of potential improvement, assist with […]

COVID-19 Outbreak at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Declared Over [Media Releases]

Published On: January 20, 2022

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) has been declared over by Southwestern Public Health. The outbreak had been declared on the 5th floor Acute Medicine Unit on January 7, 2022 after three (3) patients tested positive for the virus. Upon declaring the outbreak, STEGH immediately introduced precautions, including enhanced […]

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Institutes Temporary Changes to Essential Visitor Policy [Media Releases]

Published On: December 30, 2021

In an effort to protect the health and safety of patients, staff and physicians, the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH), has made changes to its Essential Visitor policy. Effective 12:01 am on Friday, December 31, 2021, STEGH will implement temporary changes to further limit essential visits. This action is being taken out of an […]

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital at Capacity as the Number of COVID-19 Cases in Elgin County Reaches Critical Levels [Media Releases]

Published On: November 12, 2021

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital is facing a dire situation. The number of COVID-19 cases in Elgin County is increasing at an unprecedented rate; the number of patients requiring critical care at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is the highest since the start of the pandemic. “We have reached our capacity to care for […]

Mandatory Vaccination Policy for Essential Caregivers Will Take Effect November 15 at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital [Media Releases]

Published On: November 9, 2021

To help curb the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of our patients and our staff, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is aligning with more than a dozen hospitals across the province to implement a mandatory vaccination policy for essential caregivers effective November 15, 2021. “As our health care workers continue to work […]