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Winchester hospital not affected by cancer drug problems

publisher Aug 22, 2018 - 2:28pm

Winchester District Memorial Hospital has completed a full assessment of how chemotherapy drugs are given to cancer patients at the Brian Hough Chemotherapy Unit and has confirmed that all medication has been administered properly.

Cancer Care Ontario asked all 74 Ontario hospitals that deliver cancer drug treatments to review their procedures due to concerns related to three specific cancer drugs - Pembrolizumab, Nivolumab and Panitumumab. In 28 of those hospitals, it was found that some patients didn't receive proper dosing due to small amounts of the drug remaining in the IV tubing.

WDMH is not one of those 28 hospitals. WDMH is the largest satellite cancer centre in the region. Last year, there were 2,373 cancer clinic visits to WDMH.

New hospital CEO

publisher Jul 27, 2018 - 11:15am

After an extensive search process, Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital (HGMH) in Alexandria has appointed a new hospital CEO. Michael Cohen joins HGMH after 16 years at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa, where he most recently held the position of Vice President - Clinical Services and Information Management since 2009.

He succeeds Linda Morrow in June.

Board Chair Corey Kalsi says the search subcommittee is extremely pleased with the results. "Michael's genuine approach and outstanding relationship-building skills make him a great addition to our team. He's strategic-minded and strongly oriented towards growing our hospital to ensure a sustainable future," he says.

Originally from Ontario, Cohen began his career in healthcare in 1995 in Calgary after earning a master's degree in sociology. In 1998, he returned to Ottawa to take on progressive analyst and management roles at the Canadian Institute for Health Information before landing at the Queensway Carleton Hospital where he has worked since 2002.

Mr. Cohen says he's very pleased to be joining HGMH. "I really like working for a place where I can get behind the culture. I've had the opportunity to visit HGMH on a number of occasions and interact directly with some of the senior staff. I was immediately interested in working for an organization that values people, that values patients, and has a sense of duty for their community. I think there's a good fit between what I see as the culture and mandate of HGMH and my own personal values and leadership philosophy."

Mr. Kalsi says that the board looks forward to welcoming the new CEO to HGMH. "We are thrilled that Michael will be taking the reins as CEO, and we're proud to welcome such a superb leader to our exemplary rural hospital."

Hospital CEO retiring

publisher Jan 31, 2018 - 3:32pm

The chief executive officer of Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria, Linda Morrow, has announced that she will retire at the end of June.

As for a successor, the board of directors "will be engaging in a recruitment process as per the Succession Planning Policy."

"In her 37 years as an employee of HGMH, Linda has held several roles at the hospital, from Registered Nurse to Chief Nursing Officer to CEO.  She has been an integral part of many improvements at HGMH, including the expansion of the Emergency and Ambulatory Care units, implementation of the Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Program, and the addition of many new services such as ultrasound, bone densitometry, cardiac stress testing, cardiac ultrasound, and pulmonary function testing," says chair Bruce Starkauskas.

"On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Linda for her hard work and dedication to HGMH.  Her departure will be a great loss to the organization, and she will certainly be missed. I am sure you will join me in wishing Linda all the best as she begins the next chapter of her life."

Winchester hospital smoke-free

publisher Dec 19, 2017 - 2:00pm

Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) will be completely smoke-free starting January 1, 2018. Individuals can no longer smoke anywhere on hospital property, including in vehicles in our parking lots.

"WDMH is committed to building healthier communities and to fostering a safe, healthy workplace," explains Cholly Boland, CEO.

All Ontario hospitals must comply with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the Electronic Cigarettes Act which ban smoking on all hospital properties. The new rules apply to the smoking of tobacco, medical marijuana and e-cigarettes (smoking/vaping). Everyone is required to leave hospital property to smoke. As well, smoking is not permitted within 60 feet of the public school, playground or sports field.

WDMH provides support to patient and staff who wish to quit smoking. Smoking cessation programs are also offered through family physicians and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. Visit MyQuit.ca for more information.

The local public health unit is responsible for enforcing the law and carries out inspections and responds to smoking complaints. Individuals can be fined up to $1,000 for a first offence. The hospital can also be fined, up to $100,000, for a first offence.

If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613-774-1049 or by email at cboland@wdmh.on.ca

Time to step up

publisher Sep 20, 2017 - 8:57am

The Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital Foundation is hoping the community’s overwhelming generosity continues as it wraps up an important leg of a half-million dollar fundraising campaign.

“Back in the latter part of June, we had someone, a local patron, who told that us that whatever we could raise during those last two weeks (of the month), and in July, August and September, he would match...up to a maximum of $100,000,” HGHM Foundation Board chairman Barry MacDonald told The News this week.

“So we’re trying to get the word out that this is the last couple of weeks to get those matching donations, so any contributions made by the end of September will be doubled.”

To date, the matching donations have totalled $79,000.

Murder charge laid after dying man left at hospital

publisher Jun 7, 2017 - 7:37am

Two men have been charged after a dying man was left at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria Monday night.

Facing charges of second degree murder and production of marijuana is 61-year-old Tri Minh Hoang, of Montréal.

Anh Quang Nguyen, 29, of Ottawa, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and production of cannabis.

Both accused men were remanded into custody and will next appear June 8 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall.

June 5, at 7:20 p.m. Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to the hospital where occupants of a white Honda Odyssey had dropped off a male suffering from a life threatening physical injury and then fled the area.

The victim, 29-year-old Khanh Nguyen, of Ottawa, was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter.  

At approximately 7:45 p.m., police observed the suspect vehicle travelling southbound on County Road 34 in South Glengarry Township where the two male occupants were arrested and taken into custody.

The SD&G OPP Crime Unit is seeking any witnesses with information on this homicide and will be continuing with the investigation, under the direction of Detective Inspector Dan Nadeau of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Constable Daniel Roy at the SD&G detachment at 613-534-2223 during business hours or 24/7 at 1-888-310-1122.

If you wish to provide information anonymously you can call Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Dying man left at hospital

publisher Jun 6, 2017 - 10:46am

Police are seeking the public’s assistance after two men drove off after leaving a dying man  at the Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria Monday night.

At 7:25 p.m. Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment officers were dispatched to the hospital, where two suspects had left the man who was suffering from a life-threatening injury and then fled. The victim, a 29-year-old from Ottawa, was pronounced dead shortly later.

The suspect vehicle, a white Honda Odyssey with Québec licence plates, was located a short time later. The two men, ages 57 and 29, have been arrested and are currently in custody. No charges have been laid at this time.

Investigators are seeking any witnesses or information to this incident.

At this time, the name of the deceased is being withheld pending next of kin notification and a post-mortem examination.

The investigation into this death is continuing by the SD&G OPP Crime Unit, under the direction of Detective Inspector Dan Nadeau of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB). Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Constable Daniel Roy at 613-534-2223 during business hours or 24/7 at 1-888-310-1122.

If you wish to provide information anonymously you can call Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also submit your information online here.

Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Have your say

publisher Mar 23, 2017 - 11:44am

Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital holds an information session Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the courtyard boardroom to discuss physician-assisted death. Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) is a situation where a medical professional provides or administers medication that intentionally brings about a patient's death, at the request of the patient.

The patient must be a competent adult, suffering from a "grievous and irremediable medical condition" that causes the person to endure suffering that is intolerable.

If you plan to attend the meeting, RSVP to Jen Mattice at 613.525.2222 x4104 or by e-mailing jmattice@hgmh.on.ca

Hospital overload

publisher Jan 13, 2017 - 11:38am

The Cornwall Community Hospital's occupancy rate is at 138 per cent.

To accommodate this overflow, patients are being admitted to the hallway, in off-service units, others are being transferred and as a last resort, some surgeries may be postponed.
The public can help by avoid visiting loved ones in the hospital if feeling unwell.
Keep the emergency department for true emergencies. Symptoms of the flu or gastro are manageable at home with plenty of rest, liquid and over the counter medication, unless complications arise or symptoms are severe.
Respect the other patients who require the bed by ensuring timely transportation when patients are discharged.

For the last six weeks, the acute care occupancy rate at CCH has been well over 100 per cent.

Probe HGMH morale: CUPE

richard Nov 17, 2015 - 2:31pm

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has asked the provincial government to investigate "very disturbing" complaints about the work environment at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital. The union alleges the Alexandria hospital has high turnover and low staff morale. About 115 workers have quit in the last eight years. But the hospital CEO maintains the union's concerns are unwarranted.
Read about it in the November 18 edition of The Glengarry News.