As we end 2014…
Written by Mary Wilson Trider
It has been a very busy year at Almonte General Hospital, Fairview Manor and Lanark County Paramedic service. There isn’t space here to describe everything that happened in 2014 but let me tell you about three recent events.
Almonte General Hospital’s Christmas present this year was the arrival of our new Chief of Obstetrics and Gynaecology who has now moved to the area with his family. Dr Bahaa Awwad will be providing on call coverage in the Hospital over the holiday season and will begin seeing patients in his office at 95 Spring Street early in the New Year.
Fairview Manor’s 2013/14 performance in four publicly reported indicators of long term care home performance was released by Health Quality Ontario on December 10th. Fairview Manor performed better than the provincial average for falls, pressure ulcers and incontinence. We are reported as having used restraints 1.5% more often than the provincial average and will be looking further into the data to see how this can be improved. Anyone who is interested in knowing more about these indicators can go to www.hqontario.ca.
Lanark County Paramedics generously contributed their time and talent on December 6th and 7th to collect over 6,700 pounds of food and $1,200.00 in donations on behalf of the Lanark County Food Bank. Thanks to all of the Paramedics (and family members) who participated and to the generous citizens of Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth and Smiths Falls.
This is a time of year when many people reflect on their blessings. Almonte General Hospital, Fairview Manor and Lanark County Paramedic Service are blessed with supportive communities, committed volunteers, loyal donors, and talented, caring staff and medical staff.
Thanks to everyone who played a part in providing (or helping us to provide) safe, high quality care to our patients and residents in 2014.
I wish you all a safe, healthy and happy New Year.
Mary Wilson Trider is the President and CEO of Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor
If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit our patients and residents.