Transforming and modernizing the health care system

Vitalité Health Network has undertaken an extensive exercise to analyse health care service delivery with the goal of better meeting the population’s needs. This initiative will help improve services, bring them closer to the public, and ensure their financial and clinical sustainability.

Clinical Services Plan - phase 1

Click here to bring up the executive summary of the Clinical Services Plan - phase 1 approved by the Board of Directors on December 14, 2015. Thank you to all those who participated in the consultations and provided suggestions and comments.

Why do things have to change?

The health care system is not currently tailored to the emergence of chronic illnesses (diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, etc.) and the aging of the population. Our health care services have been organized around hospitals for the most part. Under the present model, many people find themselves in hospital when they should be receiving care elsewhere. At the same time, others are not receiving necessary services in the community for lack of access.

What is Vitalité Health Network planning to do?

The Network wants to shift toward primary care with major emphasis on ambulatory and community care as well as home care. The path to achieve this shift chiefly involves:

  • Offering alternatives to hospitalization, in other words, improving access and increasing service delivery in order to prevent or shorten hospitalizations as much as possible;
  • Reducing the use of acute care beds, in other words, decreasing the number of seniors awaiting placement in a care home, facilitating patient discharges, and providing better post-hospitalization follow-up.

Together, the measures taken will create a delivery model for health care services in which hospitals need fewer beds. The Network is planning to reinvest half the savings achieved through bed reductions to implement its transformation and modernization plan.

How can I be part of the solution?

Click here to bring up a discussion paper with further information on the Network’s evidence-based vision for transformation and modernization. All interested persons are invited to e-mail their suggestions and comments to or to send them by regular mail, by December 11, 2015, at latest, to:

Vitalité Health Network
275 Main Street
Suite 600
Bathurst NB  E2A 1A9