Lake of the Woods District Hospital is in transition, as president and CEO Mark Balcaen enters retirement. Earlier this week, he talked about improvements he's seen over the last 25 years in health care in the northwest.

"Certainly, there have been a lot of changes -- very positive changes -- over the 25 years. Not to say we haven't run into our own hiccups and issues and problems," he said.

Balcaen had worked for five years in Sioux Lookout, before moving to Kenora.

The board is in the process of selecting a replacement. An important task facing the board moving forward will be implementing the recommendations from a recent operational review.

Balcaen adds there's some good news for patient care is on its way, with hip replacement surgeries on the list of procedures to be performed in Kenora.

"It should happen in the fall. It's coming very, very quickly," he said.

Balcaen noted renovations on the hospital's operating rooms and staff training will need to be completed, before the procedures can be done locally.

He also sees more integration and coordination of services in the future, as governments at all levels look for ways to improve health care services without adding costs.

The board is in the process of selecting a replacement. An important task facing the board moving forward will be implementing the recommendations from a recent operational review.

For more information:

Doctors talk health care reforms

Changes needed at Kenora's hospital, report

More Local News

Aerial truck purchase pays off for city, firefighters

It was a tough first test for the City of Kenora’s new $1.2 million aerial firetruck. The vehicle was used on its first fire on Sunday, as emergency responders fought the Main Street fire – which led…

Police target, charge distracted drivers

Police are reminding residents to focus on the roads, not their phones. OPP officers across the North West Region recently completed a distracted driving enforcement blitz, taking place between March…

Pothole season is here

Spring is in the air, and with the shift from winter snow plowing to snow melting, conditions are perfect for potholes to form. Moisture seeps into the pavement and sub-base, freezes, expands and…

Main Street in Kenora open

Main Street in Kenora has opened to vehicles and pedestrians. The CIBC building, demolition site, and Bargin shop remain blocked off by police, as they continue to investigate the cause of Sunday's…

City approves 2019 budget

Kenora city concil officially passed their budget for 2019. “This budget was a particularly difficult one for council," said Mayor Dan Reynard. From the city's perspective, the 3.55 per cent increase…

Suspect apprehended

Police have apprehended a man, following a hold and secure at Kenora schools this afternoon. At around 2:10 p.m. members of the Kenora OPP detachment responded to an incident in the north side of the…

Hold and secure in Kenora

A hold and secure was been put in place for students in the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, as well as the Kenora Catholic District School Board. Senior staff from both school boards are…

CIBC branch manager provides update for customers

CIBC Branch manager Jackie Hailstone said Sunday's fire on Main St didn't impact the inside of the building too badly. "The inside is actually not too bad. We have more concerns around the outside of…

Main street clean up joint effort

No word yet on when Main St in Kenora will reopen to vehicular traffic. The clean up of the street is a joint effort between the Kenora Fire & Emergency Services Department, Kenora OPP and City of…

Kenora mayor proud of how the community stepped up

Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard said it's always difficult when tragic events happen in the community, such as Sunday's fatal fire in downtown Kenora. "Such a tragedy anytime we see, or feel, a loss of life…

KenoraOnline.com is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Login