As the President & CEO of Markham Stouffville Hospital, I want to assure you that the safety of our patients and visitors is a top priority.
The hospital recently had three patients with Group A Strep on our Childbirth Unit. The majority of Group A Strep cases are spread through the community as the bacteria is highly contagious.
As soon as there were indications of an issue on the patient care unit, our team immediately took action and worked closely with Public Health and Dr. Allison McGeer, a recognized leader in the field of infection control from Mount Sinai, to manage all aspects of the outbreak. We instituted enhanced cleaning measures and restricted visitors to the unit.
We are no longer in outbreak but have kept all the protocols in place to protect our patients. At this time of year there are a very high number of infectious illnesses in the community including severe influenza, Group A Strep infections and viral gastroenteritis. It is important to remember that good hand hygiene is the best way for us all to protect ourselves from infection.
I can assure you that the hospital continues to provide care that is safe and high quality. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org. Either myself or a member of the hospital leadership team will respond to your inquiry.