Over the last five years, Sault Area Hospital’s electricity costs to have risen by about $900k or 47%.
SAH is challenged annually to find efficiency improvements in our operations due to many factors such as the impacts of health system funding reform, zero to minimal increases in hospital funding over the last several years, compensation increases and increasing electrical rates.
SAH has not made decisions directly tied to the increase in electricity rates. There are no planned layoffs of frontline staff at Sault Area Hospital.
As the issue of electricity costs uniformly affects hospitals, Sault Area Hospital is working collaboratively with other Ontario Hospitals and the Ontario Hospital Association to advocate for a provincial approach to address the cost pressures facing health care in Ontario.