Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

March 18, 2016 12:01 ET

Media Advisory: Large hospital's experience with instrument sterilization company shared at Pembroke media conference Monday

PEMBROKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 18, 2016) - After just 4 years, Trillium Health Partners, with 850 hospital beds and many operating suites, ended their 10 year contract with SteriPro and brought sterilization of instruments back in house.

This is the same private company that the Pembroke Regional Hospital has signed a multi-year contract with to do the hospital's surgical instrument sterilization.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 1502, which represents staff at the Pembroke hospital has made many attempts to urge the hospital to look at the contracted out company's performance at other hospitals, says Simone Burger, CUPE 1502 vice-president.

On Monday, March 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. CUPE will hold a media conference at 380 Isabella Street, Pembroke with Joe Ricci, President of CUPE 5180 that represents staff at Trillium Health Partners. Ricci will highlight the quality issues that eventually led to the end of the relationship between Trillium Health Partners and SteriPro.

CUPE did ask that the Pembroke Regional Hospital do a thorough investigation of the performance of SteriPro or complete a comprehensive risk assessment, "we don't believe that was ever done," says Michael Hurley president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/CUPE who will also attend the media conference.

Contact Information

  • Simone Burger
    Vice-president, CUPE Local 1502
    613-732-8458

    Michael Hurley
    President, Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/CUPE
    416-884-0770

    Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communications
    416-559-9300