The HGH and the CEPEO partner to create training opportunities in health care for high school students
Hawkesbury, Wednesday, February 6, 2013 – The Hawkesbury & District General Hospital (HGH) and the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) announced today a partnership project to introduce high school students to different health professions.
The new “Majeure Haute Spécialisation en santé et bien-être » program will be implemented in February 2013 at the HGH. This program, coordinated by the École secondaire publique Le Sommet Public High School, will allow Grade 11 and 12 students who have interest in the health care industry to partake in observation activities in a professional environment, while fulfilling their high school diploma requirements.
HGH will offer students a unique learning environment, participating in observation opportunities in various health care professions that are available within the hospital. Students who are interested in a career in health care will therefore be better tooled when entering the post-secondary destination of their choice.
For the CEPEO, this program will insure that our youth is exposed to the various healthcare professions available to them in the region. Through HGH’s mission of becoming a teaching facility, this program is in line with its official affiliations with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine (2010) and La Cité collégiale’s Institute of Health Sciences (2012).
The HGH officially opens its new endoscopy suite!
Hawkesbury, Friday January 18, 2013 – The Hawkesbury & District General Hospital officially opened its new endoscopy suite today. This $1.5M project, from which 20% was covered by funds raised during the HGH Foundation’s Radiotelethon in October 2012, is the first step of the hospital’s major redevelopment project, which is expected to begin in the spring of 2014.
During the ceremony, HGH Chief Governance Officer, Mr. Sébastien Racine, welcomed many special guests, including Mr. Grant Crack, MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, mayors from the United Counties of Prescott & Russell along with representatives of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Infrastructure Ontario, The Ottawa Hospital and partner organizations.
“With this new endoscopy suite, HGH will immediately improve its services while increasing access to specialized procedures for our region’s patients. This new suite is a critical step towards the realization of the major redevelopment project which will make HGH a full-service, regional hospital,” indicated Mr. Grant Crack.
The Ottawa Hospital, a key partner for the development of surgical services at HGH, was represented by Mrs. Paula Doering, Senior Vice-President, Clinical Programs for Peri-Operative Services, Cancer and Diagnostics, and Dr. John Mahoney, President of the Medical Staff Association.
Dr. Jeff Wackett, general surgeon who recently started practicing at HGH, mentioned that he was “thrilled by the new endoscopy suite and the future of the perioperative department. With the transfer of all endoscopy procedures to this new suite, we are able to free one of our surgical rooms, which was previously used for endoscopy only, for other types of procedures and offer more operating time to our surgeons.”
This project was authorized in February 2012 by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care of Ontario as a head start initiative for HGH’s major capital redevelopment project, due to the urgency to improve access for endoscopy procedures. Construction was ongoing from March to December 2012 by Massicotte Construction Ltd. of Ottawa.
The Hawkesbury & District General Hospital becomes an affiliated teaching site of La Cité collégiale
Both organizations wish to train more bilingual health professionals.
Ottawa, Monday November 19, 2012 – La Cité collégiale and the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital signed a two in one deal by concluding a new five-year partnership which intends to train more bilingual personal support workers and practical nurses.
Under the terms of this agreement, the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital will annually allow students from La Cité collégiale to experience a clinical placement, the hospital becoming an affiliated teaching site of La Cité collégiale. The initiative will offer internship opportunities to students enrolled in the Personal Support Worker and Practical Nursing programs.
On the other hand, through this initiative, both organizations will be able to train a larger number of future bilingual health professionals. This ensures that Eastern Ontario residents requiring health care services have access to these services in the official language of their choice.
“With this partnership, the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital will be playing an important role in the clinical training of our health professionals. Students will have access to a teaching site in a booming institution recognized for its innovative character, its regional leadership and the quality of its services,” said Mr. Marc LeBoutillier, C.E.O. of the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital.
“This agreement highlights the type of partnerships that La Cité collégiale embraces. In addition to providing our students with options, partnerships like this help La Cité collégiale train future professionals. We are convinced that training in a clinical setting allows us to achieve this goal,” added Ms. Lise Bourgeois, President of La Cité collégiale.
Throughout the duration of this agreement, both parties will try to find ways to make this experience even more beneficial for students. For example, the possibility of awarding bursaries to students wishing to complete an internship has been brought forward.
La Cité collégiale is Ontario's largest French-language college of applied arts and technology. In 2012-2013, more than 90 postsecondary programs are offered at La Cité collégiale, of which 60 are not offered in French anywhere else in Ontario.
The Hawkesbury & District General Hospital is a bilingual health care center serving the United Counties of Prescott & Russell, in Eastern Ontario. With more than 36,000 emergency room visits per year and 40 specialized clinics, the hospital was named the most recommended community hospital in Ontario, in 2010-2011.
HGH is recognized on a national level!
Article from Le Droit, nov. 23, 2012
HGH, Top Performer in Ontario!
Hawkesbury, October 9, 2012 - As a key provider of health care services for Prescott & Russell, the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital prides itself in offering the highest quality of services to its community, ensuring that patients receive high standard care by its staff and physicians at all times.
The NRCC’s report of “Patient Ratings of Overall Satisfaction and Likelihood to Recommend for Ontario Hospitals”, released in October 2012, has confirmed the hospital’s position as a top performer in the province. When asked the question “Would you recommend this hospital to others?”, HGH rated the highest among all community hospitals in Ontario!
“This rating is a definite proof of the dedication of our staff in regards to patient care,” indicates Dr. Luc Chagnon, HGH Chief of Staff.
“We are extremely pleased with this result as we move ahead with our future redevelopment plans, knowing that staff is providing the best care possible, with particular emphasis on compassion and respect,” mentions Mr. Marc LeBoutillier, HGH Chief Executive Officer.
According to the same report, HGH is also ranked as one of the Top 5 community hospitals in the province in terms of patient satisfaction for inpatient services.
Part of a province-wide patient satisfaction data collection and reporting system, the NRCC surveys provides patient satisfaction data from acute care, emergency department, rehabilitation and maternity surveys. The results indicated in the above-mentioned report are for the 2010/2011 hospital fiscal year.
Esquisses, salle d'endoscopie / Sketches, Endoscopy Suite
Vous trouverez ci-jointe les esquisses de la salle d'endoscopie. La prochaine phase de notre plan de réaménagement de la salle d'endoscopie!
You will find attached the sketches for the endoscopy suite, the next phase of our OR redevelopment plan.
Radiotelethon 2012, $325,252 !!
Thanks to all the donors and volunteers, who helped the Foundation surpass its objective!
New Telephone System at the HGH
As previously announced in Spring 2012, a new phone system is being implemented to replace the obsolete system currently in place. This new, state-of-the-art system will use Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VOIP) technology, increasing our phone capacity and improving efficiency, while offering to our staff a new and easier method of information delivery.
To accommodate this transition, each phone will have a new extension using 5 digits instead of 3. The phone directory has been updated, you can access it by clicking on the Services & Programs section and finding the department you wish to contact.
Red Carpet Evening
The Hawkesbury & District General Hospital Foundation invites you to the 3rd edition of its Saturday, September 15, 2012 at La Cité Golf Club, 850 McGill Street, Hawkesbury, ON
Cocktail: 6 pm • Dinner : 6:45 pm
Tickets : $140 per person
Come and enjoy a gastronomic dinner served by La Cuisine Jean Bernard followed by an evening of dancing.
Seats are limited. Reserve now
613-632-1111, ext. 365 • email@example.com
Draw for a round trip in a limousine eligible to the first 50 tickets sold. (offered by Berthiaume Funeral Home)
Admission: 19 years and over / Dress code: Formal
Funds raised will be allocated towards the Hospital’s expansion project and purchase of equipment.
Champlain LHIN Investing in Nurses and Telemedicine Technology
Technology Helping to Improve Access to Care
July 17, 2012
More residents living in the Champlain region will benefit from specialized care closer to home as the Champlain LHIN hires 15 new telemedicine nurses to expand care delivery. For patients, this means improved access to health care, less travel and an increase in the types of health care services available at more than 150 places across the Champlain LHIN.
The telemedicine nurses take advantage of the latest technology for virtual patient consultations, assessments, training and knowledge exchange. Using telemedicine, health care professionals are able to deliver clinical care using live, two-way videoconferencing systems and related diagnostic
equipment. For example, telemedicine nurses can meet patients in a rural location and provide information such as blood pressure and respiratory function instantaneously to a physician at a specialized hospital in Ottawa.
Four new telemedicine host sites have been put in place in the Champlain region. They are: Hawkesbury & District General Hospital, North Lanark Community Health Centre, Pembroke General Hospital, and South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre. These sites work in partnership with other health agencies. The Ottawa Hospital is a fifth site playing a coordinating role with other hospitals in
Ottawa to provide health-professional consultant services. To date, 9 of the 15 new nurses have been hired and received training.
Telemedicine is growing steadily in the Champlain region. In 2011-12, there were roughly 22,600 clinical telemedicine encounters in the region, up from about 15,700 the year before. The majority of these encounters were for physician specialties such as psychiatry, dermatology, nephrology (kidney) and pediatrics, as well as for diabetes check-ups, nursing visits, and dietary consultations. Telemedicine services are made available through OTN (Ontario Telemedicine Network), a world leader in telemedicine. OTN facilitates the delivery of care for patients in hundreds of health care locations across the province, as well as distance education and meetings for health care professionals
and patients. An independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the Government of Ontario, OTN is committed to improving access and quality of care.
Redevelopment Project at the HGH
We are pleased to inform you that we have finally reached the first step towards the realization of our redevelopment project. This construction project, divided in three phases, will result in work being done in different services. The phases are as follows:
1: Physiotherapy department renovation/MDR (March-April 2012). Relocation of the PART Clinic to the external physiotherapy department (1st floor).
2: Relocation of Obstetric Clinic to the spaces previously occupied by PART. (April - June 2012)
3: Redevelopment/Renovation of the Surgical/Endoscopy Department (June - October 2012)
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; your understanding and patience during this time is greatly appreciated.
New Chief of Department at the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital’s Emergency Service
The Hawkesbury & District General Hospital(HGH) is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Valery Rossbach as the new Chief of Department for its Emergency Service.
Residing in the region since 2007, Dr. Rossbach completed his studies at the University of Ottawa, with clinical residencies in hospitals in Moncton and Sherbrooke. Dr. Rossbach specializes in family and emergency medicine.
Since January 2, 2012, Dr. Rossbach assumes medical responsibility of the HGH Emergency Department, which includes a team of 20 physicians and offers services to over 35,000 patients annually.
Royal-Comtois Center Provides Psychotherapy Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Hawkesbury, January 10, 2012 - The Royal-Comtois Center is now offering services to male survivors of sexual abuse in the United Counties of Prescott & Russell. “Sexual abuse on men is still taboo in the community” says Dr. Suzanne Filion, Director of Mental Health and Addictions Services at the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital. “By talking about it, explaining the effects, and providing support to those who are interested in developing healthier ways to cope with the abuse, the Center believes that misconceptions about this condition can be changed.”
Abusers depend on secrecy and fear. They manipulate children into coping with the abuse alone. Survivors sometimes use the same coping strategies they learned as children and continue to keep the secret of their abuse hidden behind submission, anger, violence, isolation, unhealthy relationships, drug and alcohol abuse. Group sessions allow men to tell their stories and learn healthier coping strategies in a confidential, supportive and safe environment. Men are given the opportunity to realize they are not alone, they are not to blame and they can learn to do more than just get by day to day.
This initiative is part of the new services for survivors throughout Ontario, provided through funding of $2.2 million over 2 years by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. In Eastern Ontario, funds are distributed by the Catholic Family Services Ottawa to several partners, including the Royal-Comtois Center in Prescott and Russell. Individuals interested in receiving information about sexual abuse services for men can call the Royal-Comtois Center at 613-632-0139.
More than 1.2 million patients in Eastern Ontario to benefit from two new ehealth solutions
The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and Hawkesbury & District General Hospital (HGH) today announced two innovative ehealth projects designed to better serve more than 1.2 million patients in Eastern Ontario.
In a provincial first, patients of The Ottawa Hospital are now benefitting from access to Ontario laboratories information system (OLIS) data through their clinicians thanks to the myTOH viewer. This means that important patient information will be available for clinicians to make treatment decisions within minutes or seconds compared to the previous hours or days.
OLIS is a cornerstone information system that connects hospitals, community laboratories, public health laboratories and practitioners to facilitate the secure electronic exchange of laboratory test orders and results. The ability to electronically share this information helps health care providers make faster and better patient care decisions.
The myTOH viewer provides a single point of access to clinical and non-clinical applications, from both inside and outside TOH. Using this viewer, clinicians and regional partners can access patient electronic health records, as well as up to 50 different applications, many highly specialized and treatment specific (e.g., cancer, heart disease).
The information provided through the viewer enables physicians to provide better, safer and faster decision making by removing the need to chase paper records and test results.
A second milestone initiative for patients in Eastern Ontario is a collaborative project between TOH and the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital to consolidate each hospital’s individual electronic health record (EHR) system into one common system.
The consolidation will increase the availability of clinical information across the region and the amount of clinical information within TOH’s EHR system. It will also provide clinicians with access to the full spectrum of a patient’s data including: consultation, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, and patient care reports.
Through the sharing of information provided by the consolidated system, the need for duplicate testing between hospitals is eliminated. Similarly, patient wait times will be significantly reduced and organization-wide efficiencies will save the health care system time and money.
"These projects each mark significant milestones towards improving patient care while supporting the government’s goals of increasing patient safety and better access to care in the province. It’s quite an achievement to know that more than 1.2 million patients in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network are experiencing better and more coordinated care thanks to eHealth Ontario initiatives."
- Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"The ability to improve patient care through technology and innovation is the primary purpose of eHealth Ontario. These announcements today mark two more in a series of connections between electronic health information systems in Ontario.”
- Greg A. Reed, President and CEO of eHealth Ontario
“Providing health care professionals with the information they need to make quick, informed decisions is at the core of the investments Infoway has made in every province and territory. Today we are celebrating a key milestone at The Ottawa Hospital. We are pleased to be a funding partner for this initiative and look forward to continued provincial deployments.”
- Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway
"The eHealth Ontario provincial lab viewer initiative enables our patients to be treated at The Ottawa Hospital, secure in the knowledge that lab results from the community are available to authorized clinicians at the touch of a button. This, combined with improved seamless access to electronic health records between the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital and The Ottawa Hospital, ensures that patient medical histories are more comprehensive than ever before, providing another successful step in improving quality and patient safety at our hospital.”
- Dale Potter, CIO, The Ottawa Hospital
“By consolidating the two EHR systems into one common system we get a more complete view of a patient’s medical history. It also saves valuable time tracking down information from the other hospital or from missing important clinical information that may not have otherwise been provided. This is one more way we are improving health care and putting patients first.”
- Marc LeBoutillier, CEO, Hawkesbury & District General Hospital
• In an initial pilot project, 287 health care providers at TOH were given access to provincial lab results from community labs, ODB claims histories and patient records at their fingertips.
• Since then, an additional 300 clinicians at TOH now have access to OLIS data through the myTOH viewer – a first in the province.
• The TOH electronic health record system contains approximately 75% of all clinical information collected in the region.
New Triage Process in the HGH Emergency Department
We wish to inform you that effective Monday, December 12, 2011, a new process and new roles started in the ED. The patient is now seen by a Triage Nurse upon arrival, and then registered. As a result, changes to the roles of the Triage Nurse, Registration Clerk, Fast Track and Observation Nurse have been made.
The way patients will exit the department has also changed. As a matter of fact, all patients who enter the ED must now leave by the corridor at the back. Visitors for patients in observation must also use this corridor.
These changes in process is to reduce wait times by having a more efficient flow of patients in and out of the ER. We thank you for your collaboration during this transition.
New Services in Addictions in Prescott & Russell
Hawkesbury, November 24th, 2011 – Addiction Services of Eastern Ontario (ASEO) provide addiction treatment to the population of Eastern Counties (Prescott & Russell and Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry). Today, the agency is pleased to announce program enhancements for its Prescott and Russell service.
“The objective is to reach as many people and families who are afflicted with alcohol, drugs or gambling problems as possible. They are not alone,” explains ASEO’s board president Mrs. Carole Larocque. “At least one in ten Canadians 15 years of age and over reports symptoms consistent with alcohol or drug dependence, and Prescott and Russell counties are severely afflicted,” says Dr. Suzanne Filion, the new Director in Prescott and Russell.
Many recent changes have occurred at ASEO including a move of offices to a more practical location (on McGill St., in Hawkesbury), the implementation of a new administrative team, and an increase in clinical programs. ASEO Prescott & Russell revised its intake service so that it is now directly accessible in Hawkesbury and Rockland. Also, funding was recently received for the development of two new programs, one for an addictions-specific supportive housing program, and the other for a youth program. Both are possible thanks to collaboration with community agencies.
Furthermore, ASEO has solidified a partnership with the Centre Royal-Comtois Center to offer two new programs: 1) a quick response treatment program, and 2) a self-management program for clients who suffer from diabetes, addictions and/or mental health. “It’s important to act now, and these new services will provide the tools to better meet the needs of our community, helping those afflicted, their family and friends,” adds Dr. Filion.
With all this growth, it is not surprising that ASEO is expanding its employee base. New staff has been hired and active recruitment is ongoing.
ASEO will continue to offer the array of programs that were already available to the community, such as substance abuse and gambling, programs for women, individual therapy, case management, etc.
Quick Facts on ASEO
La Fondation franco-ontarienne est fière d’héberger deux nouveaux fonds de dotation pour la région de Prescott-Russell !
Ottawa (Ontario) – C’est hier, le 14 septembre 2011 que s’est fait la signature officielle du Fonds de bourse de l'Hôpital Général de Hawkesbury & District General Hospital (HGH) et du Phénix – au-delà du handicap. Ces lancements ont eu lieu au centre communautaire de St-Albert dans le cadre de la toute première Cuvée de Vins et fromages de la Fondation franco-ontarienne dans la région de Prescott-Russell. Près d’une centaine de personnes étaient présentes pour prendre part à cette activité, dont l’honorable Madeleine Meilleur, ministre déléguée aux Affaires francophones.
Le fonds de bourse de l'Hôpital Général de Hawkesbury & District General Hospital aura comme objectif d’octroyer des bourses à des étudiants et étudiantes, qui ont fréquenté l’une des écoles secondaires de Prescott-Russell et qui poursuivent leurs études à temps plein à l’Université d’Ottawa dans un programme en sciences de la santé.
« L’HGH est un centre de santé en pleine croissance et vu le réaménagement de l’hôpital dont la construction est prévue pour 2013, nous sommes fiers de pouvoir venir en aide aux futurs professionnels en soins de santé et ainsi à soutenir leurs plans de carrière. »
- Sébastien Racine, chef de la gouvernance du conseil d’administration de l’Hôpital Général de Hawkesbury & District.
Le fonctionnement d’un fonds de dotation consiste à redistribuer annuellement les intérêts générés par le capital de celui-ci.
Pour lancer ce fonds, l’Hôpital Général de Hawkesbury et la Fondation de l’Hôpital Général de Hawkesbury versent chacun 30 000 $ dans le fonds. L’Université d’Ottawa, grâce à un programme gouvernemental de jumelage, versera donc un montant additionnel de 60 000 $ pour un grand total de 120 000 $ pour mettre sur pied ce nouveau fonds de dotation.
De plus, l’HGH et sa Fondation s’engagent à verser un autre montant de 30 000 $ chacun d’ici 3 ans. Ainsi, ce fonds disposera d’un capital d’au moins 180 000 $ en 2014.
Lors de la soirée, Monsieur Ronald Handfield, Directeur de la programmation de TV COGECO, a aussi remis un chèque au montant de 5 000 $ au nom de COGECO Câble à Monsieur Sébastien Racine, chef de la gouvernance du conseil d’administration de l’HGH. Ce montant sera ajouté au capital du Fonds de bourse de l’hôpital.
Le fonds Le Phénix - au-delà du handicap appuiera le Phénix dans ses initiatives de développement communautaire pour la personne handicapée. Le Phénix s’engage à verser un montant de 25 000 $ pour démarrer ce fonds.
« Nous sommes très heureux d’héberger le fonds de bourse de l'Hôpital Général de Hawkesbury et le fonds du Phénix. Grâce à leur engagement d’y investir une somme considérable, ces fonds permettront de donner des résultats à court terme pour les étudiants et les personnes handicapées de Prescott-Russell. »
- Ken Villeneuve, directeur général de la Fondation franco-ontarienne
Comment donner à ces fonds et devenir passager du Fondation Express ?
Pour aider nos fonds de dotation à augmenter leur capital, nous avons lancé une nouvelle campagne de sensibilisation sous le thème « J’embarque à FONDS de train avec ma Fondation franco-ontarienne.
Comme le « Club Sélect » a connu un immense succès et qu’il prenait fin avec le téléthon en février 2011, la demande était forte pour poursuivre. C’est pourquoi nous avons développé un tout nouveau programme de reconnaissance des donateurs qui est encore plus intéressant, le programme « J’embarque ! »
En faisant un don de 1 000 $, 2 000 $ ou 5 000 $ à un fonds hébergé chez nous, vous devenez passager en « classe économique ». Le programme comporte également des niveaux supérieurs de « classe affaires » avec plus de privilèges et de reconnaissances pour des dons allant de 10 000 $ à 100 000 $ et +. Sachez qu’il y a plusieurs modalités de paiement disponibles et que le don à la Fondation peut être fait en un seul paiement ou par l’entremise d’une promesse de don.
Une promesse de don
Deux options s’offrent à vous pour faire votre promesse de don. Elle peut être répartie en paiements annuels ou mensuels, et ce, sur un maximum de 3 ans. Dans le cas d’un don majeur, la durée de l’entente peut être négociée. Le premier paiement, sous la formule mensuelle, se fera le mois suivant la date de l’engagement. Cependant, une mise initiale de 10 % du montant prévu est exigée à la signature de la promesse, peu importe l’option choisie. (La mise initiale n’est pas nécessaire pour les membres qui avaient adhérés au Club Sélect et qui voudront renouveler leur engagement.)
Exemple pour un don de 1000 $:
Mise initiale : 100 $
Paiements mensuels pour 36 mois : 25 $
New HGH Board of Directors Members
Mr. Sébastien Racine, OAA, OAQ, Chief Governance Officer of the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Board members.
Mr. Stéphane P. Parisien is CAO and Clerk of the United Counties of Prescott & Russell since 2003. He brings 25 years of experience as a senior administrator in various municipal and provincial public sector organizations. Mr. Parisien's broad expertise in public administration and his in-depth knowledge of the region are assets for the governance HGH.
Jeffrey Geigel is President of Lifestyle Hearing. He has over ten years experience in entrepreneurship and business development on national and international levels. Mr. Geigel has also served on numerous community organization Boards. He is currently a member of the Board of the Foundation of La Cité Collégiale.
The HGH Board of Directors' role is to represent the community’s interests and ensure ongoing effective governance for the Hospital. These appointments demonstrate the Board’s commitment to a vision of excellence and health care improvement in order to meet the evolving needs of the population of Prescott & Russell.
NOTICE - Sale of Membership Cards of the Corporation
Notice is hereby given that membership cards of the corporation will be available, as per article 2.1(1) of the hospital by-laws, to any person who pays the membership fee of three dollars (3$).
The criteria established to become member of the Corporation as described in paragraph 2.1(2) of the hospital by-laws are as follows:
· Be of the full age of eighteen (18) years;
· Have been either a resident, employed, or carry on a business in the regional catchment area for a continuous period of at least three (3) months immediately prior thereto;
· Support and promote the objects of the Corporation; and
· Have completed and signed the application form.
Article 2.1(4) requires that membership must be established at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in order to have the right to vote. Therefore, only members who have purchased their cards prior to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15 2011 are eligible to vote. Cards are available at the hospital during normal business hours. Membership can be obtained by:
1. completing and printing the form hereunder which can be forwarded to the hospital along with the 3$ membership fee;
2. or presenting yourself at :
Hôpital Général de Hawkesbury & District General Hospital Inc.
1111 Ghislain Street
POSTAL CODE: _________
Please make cheque payable to the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital Inc. Do not send cash by mail. Membership cards of the corporation issued in 2010 will be null and void as of April 15, 2011.
Notice to Current & Former Employees, 2nd Notice, OHA long-term disability coverage
The OHA and representatives of its members’ unionized and non-unionized employees have entered into a Settlement Agreement to distribute the proceeds arising from the demutualization of certain insurance policies that Mutual Life had issued to the OHA (the “Proceeds”). An application was brought in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to obtain court approval of the Settlement Agreement for the proposed distribution of the Proceeds, as a class proceeding. At a hearing on August 17, 2010, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice certified the application as a class proceeding, appointed representative Respondents and approved the Settlement Agreement. Click here to read the rest of the Settlement Agreement.
Partnership between the H&DGH and the Ottawa Hospital
Hawkesbury, September 21st, 2010 - The Hawkesbury & District General Hospital announced today a new partnership with The Ottawa Hospital to deliver an important mental health program in the Prescott & Russell region.
“The Champlain District Regional First Episode Psychosis Program offers screening and/or assessment for psychotic disorders, offering education, support and outpatient care for both patient and family,” explains Dr. Paul Roy, Director of the Program at The Ottawa Hospital. “This new partnership with the H&DGH, through the Royal-Comtois Centre, is one of many steps to broaden our scope of practice and insure that patients are seen in a timely manner in their own community.”
Psychosis is a treatable disorder which affects the brain causing a distortion of, or a loss of contact with, reality. Rapid treatment of the illness as soon as it has been detected is critical to prevent further deterioration of the patient’s mental state and lifestyle. “If left too long without treatment, first psychosis can lead to stress on relationships, loss of family support, substance abuse, other serious mental illnesses and even suicide,” describes Mrs. Billie Pryer, Manager of the Program at The Ottawa Hospital.
The Royal-Comtois Centre has recently hired a nurse specialized in first psychosis, who will be managing the Program in Hawkesbury. “By adding specialized staff to our team, we’re insuring that patients afflicted by this serious disease receive the right treatment quickly,” explains Dr. Suzanne Filion, Director of the Royal-Comtois Centre. “We are now better equipped to understand this illness and support the individuals who are afflicted, helping to save lives in the long run.”
Emergency Department Renovations Currently Underway
The exam room E and the trauma room in the Emergency department are currently under way and should be completed on Friday, September 3rd.
The objective of these major renovations is to improve the functionality and efficiency of our Emergency Department by expanding the trauma and E rooms and by adding sliding glass doors between the two. This will greatly widen our work space during trauma cases.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but your patience during this time will be greatly appreciated upon you next visit.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
The Emergency Department Improvement Program 2009-2010, a success!
Hawkesbury – The Hawkesbury & District General Hospital announced today the results achieved in the Emergency Department following the implementation of a comprehensive program launched in September 2009 to improve the service with the financial support of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network. This project is aimed at the reduction of waiting times, the acceleration of patient flow through the various stages of care and the standardization of professional standards of practice.
Prior to start-up, key staff were first trained in process management using the Toyota « LEAN® » method. Following this training program, working groups were put together to address the issues and identify remedial actions. In October 2009, a first series of improvement measures were put in place. Of these, five priority measures were implemented immediately.
1) A second medical line called “Fast Track” for non-complex cases;
2) A clinical decision unit for complex cases;
3) Accelerated admission procedures;
4) The implementation of an innovative medical directives system to facilitate care processes;
5) An improved process for registration and triage.
These measures were monitored and adjusted over the following 6 months.
As of March 31st, 2010, the H&DGH had achieved the performance targets set by the LHIN for Emergency Department length of stay. In effect, for non-complex cases, the average length of stay was down to 2.7 hours and 82% of the patients were discharged in less than 4 hours, which meets the recommended standards of the Ministry of Health. This represents a 60% improvement compared to previous year. As for complex cases, significant improvements were also achieved. The average length of stay went from 9.1 hours as of March 31, 2009 to 6.2 hours as of March 31, 2010. Preliminary data from April 2010 indicate that the improvements are being sustained.
“This is by far the largest quality improvement project to be undertaken by the H&DGH”, said Manon Lacelle-Lacroix, Chief Governance Officer. Dr. Luc Chagnon, Chief of Staff, and Dr Remi Chehade, Chief of Emergency Department were pleased to indicate the active involvement of physicians, nurses and employees of the Emergency Department. Marc LeBoutillier, CEO, explained that amongst the 40 hospitals in Ontario to receive financial support to improve their Emergency Departments, the H&DGH came out at the top of the list for its improvement rate and rapid turn-around.
The Champlain LHIN has recently authorized H&DGH to proceed with a new improvement plan for 2010/2011, which will allow the hospital to consolidate gains and introduce new efficiency measures.
Historic Partnership between the H&DGH and CHEO!
Hawkesbury, June 28th, 2010 - The Hawkesbury & District General Hospital, in its ongoing efforts to become a regional health campus from which the whole community, young and old, can receive quality health care, has signed a partnership agreement with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to offer specialized services to our region’s children and youth.
The agreement was officially presented today at the H&DGH in the presence of members from both hospitals, along with Dr. Rob Cushman, Chief Executive Officer of the Champlain LHIN. “This historic agreement is perfectly aligned with the strategic directions the LHIN has provided to the region’s healthcare service providers,” explained Dr. Cushman, “and will serve as a model of collaboration for many similar partnerships to come in the Eastern Counties.”
“Over the course of the next few years, the H&DGH will gradually implement various clinics and programs for the welfare of our younger population,” detailed Dr. Luc Chagnon, H&DGH Chief of Staff, “CHEO’s best practices in mental health and asthma treatment, for example, will be transmitted to the H&DGH via teleconferencing.” An introduction to the latest techniques in asthma treatment was presented by Dr. Joe Reisman, CHEO’s Chief of Pediatrics, providing up-to-date information to the H&DGH’s medical staff.
A commemorative framing of the agreement was also unveiled by the hospitals’ respective Chiefs of Governance; Mr. Sébastien Racine of the H&DGH and Mrs. Joanne Levesque of CHEO. Mr. Michel Bilodeau, CHEO’s Chief Executive Officer, proudly described this partnership as “the initiation of a long-lasting affiliation between two high-quality healthcare institutions, all for the benefit of future generations.”