Sault Area Hospital answers community questions

Sault Area Hospital

After recently posting about the Sault Area Hospital taking COVID-19 positive cases from outside the Algoma area, members of the community had a few questions and concerns.

One of the top questions on many resident’s minds was whether or not SAH would have the capacity and resources to handle an increase in cases requiring critical care from our own communities should we continue to see patients transferred from outside our area?

SaultOnline reached out to Brandy Sharp Young, Communications Manager for SAH and she was kind enough to provide us with the following explanation in response:

“At this time, SAH has critical care capacity for 22 patients,” said Sharp Young. “Critical care beds are provincial inventory and we must be prepared to manage our volume and any unexpected events as they arise. This would not be new work with us but rather our everyday readiness to care for patients that need us the most. Ontarians are our collective patients and the integrated health system is specifically designed to get the right care for the right patient – wherever that may be in the province.”

Although there were a number of somewhat negative comments left on SaultOnline’s Facebook page stemming from previous story shared, ‘SAH takes COVID-19 patients from out of town’, one particular reader responded with a view calling for compassion and kindness during these difficult and unprecedented times.

Stay with SaultOnline as we bring you more information on the evolving COVID-19 situation in the city.


  1. This situation is because of the inept policies of Trudeau not fully shutting international arrivals last April and Ford being incapable of leading a pandemic response ! Deaths are on their bloody hands and they both deserve to be charged with criminal negligence causing death !

  2. “when northerners are patients in southern hospitals they are not taking anyone’s spot in the south”
    How do you come up with that logic? Medical devices, beds, space and appoinments are all finite. If one is taken, then that device, bed, etc is taken up just like it’s taken up here.
    It’s called universal health care because by model it’s universally available.

    • I said often, not all. Not all the beds in the south are for the south, because some specialty treatments are only available there and the beds are for the entire province. If they decided to put these services in the north (farfetched, I know), they would not be northern beds but would become provincial.

  3. In my honest opinion, it’s extremely dangerous to the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie for Covid patients to be transferred here. I agree we can help with ICU overcrowding elsewhere, but is it not possible for non-Covid patients to be transferred. Many, if not all, of our front line workers have not received their second vaccination and are still very vulnerable. They also go home to their children and spouses, go grocery shopping, etc. Is that safe for anyone? Also, what happens if there is a need for a patient from Sault Ste. Marie to be in ICU and there’s no needed equipment available for them? It’s sounds like a drastic situation, but one that can happen.
    Yes, help is needed and necessary but not in the fashion it has been meted out.
    Again, this is my honest opinion on the matter.

  4. Just a comment on Ms. Faught’s facebook comment. Although I agree with your sentiment, I’d just point out that often when northerners are patients in southern hospitals they are not taking anyone’s spot in the south. Certain equipment, facilities and procedures are only available in the south and are intended to service the entire province.

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