By William Crooks
Local Journalism Initiative
Local health authority, the CIUSSS de L’Estrie – CHUS (CdeE), detailed the positives and negatives of its annual report online over Facebook Nov. 2 through Dr. Stéphane Tremblay, its President General Director. Tremblay answered questions from the media and interested viewers after his presentation.
The CdeE has 1,084 hospital beds, 2,340 long-term care and retirement home beds, and more than 100 points of service serving the 507,208 residents of the region. The CdeE employs a team of over 20,000 people, including over 1,500 doctors and pharmacists, around 500 researchers and over 700 volunteers.
The 2022-2023 year (ending in March) had its positives and negatives. There are still things to work on, but they are proud of what they improved, said Tremblay.
This past year, the CdeE added 244,837 hours of service, for a total of 1,843,138, serving 26,567 people compared to 25,718 in the previous year.
In the area of mental health, 269 less people were put on a waiting list for the appropriate services – 1,489 compared to 1,758 last year. This was accomplished by using new practices, and often with the help of related community organizations.
For those struggling with addiction, 3,543 were served – slightly more than the 3,532 served the previous year.