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Like air traffic control: Meeting patients’ needs when bed space is limited

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Like air traffic control: Accommodating patients’ needs when bed space is limited
Ross Memorial asks that people whose illnesses or injuries are minor consider alternatives to the emergency department.

Every morning at the Ross Memorial Hospital, representatives from each patient care area gather for a ‘bed meeting.’ The best way to describe this meeting is with an air traffic control analogy, according to Kim Coulter, coordinator of employee & community relations at Ross Memorial Hospital and RMH Foundation.

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King Albert: Lindsay school works with community to overcome income barriers

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King Albert Public School Principal, Dean Burke, with some of the items received for Christmas donations.

Part Two. This year, Statistics Canada has released new data on the social and economic well-being of cities and towns across Canada. This is part two in a series about Lindsay’s 12 lowest income neighbourhood zones and how they are coping in a challenging economic environment. To read Part One go here.

This is a story about a community coming together to fight an all-too-common scourge – the fact that incomes are too low to meet people’s needs.

Call it poverty. Call it scarcity. It doesn’t much matter.

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Health unit says people should lobby for free dental care

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The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is calling for an expansion of  publicly-funded dental programs for low-income adults and seniors – and they say the Province could deliver on this if enough people lobby for the change.

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Boys and Girls Club a beacon for many Lindsay families in low-income areas

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Boys and Girls Club a beacon for many Lindsay families in low-income areas
Heather McCullough, left, and Christine Borrowman, right, of Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes.

Part One.  This year, Statistics Canada has released new data on the social and economic well-being of cities and towns across Canada. This is part one in a series about Lindsay’s 12 lowest income neighbourhood zones and how they are coping in a challenging economic environment.

This is a series about the challenge and burden of living on a low income in Lindsay, but it’s also a series about hope and action. In each of these designated areas, there is a community anchor of some kind – be it a school, a business, or an institution that helps in some way.

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We’ve all got something to offer to make community better

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We’ve all got something to offer to make community better
If we walked into the liquor store and French music is playing we are more likely to buy French wine.

I am often amazed at how much science and learning is involved in the daily interactions we all make with our environment.

We had the pleasure of welcoming Peter Marks to our agency to help us understand his teaching: Conscious Care and Support. He highlighted so many aspects of our environment that affect our senses and brain throughout the day.

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Choose at least one book for your child for Christmas: Health Unit

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Choose at least one book for your child for Christmas: Health Unit

Call them ‘presents’ of mind, and an opportunity to start a new holiday gift-giving tradition at your home.

Local families are encouraged to include a gift-wrapped book among the presents that children will open this holiday season.

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Ross recognizes employees, including 40-year-service recipient

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Ross recognizes employees, including 40-year-service recipient
40 years long service: Anne Overhoff (VP Patient Care), Wendy Kane RN, Jennifer Burns-West (Emergency Department Manager)

When Wendy Kane began her career at Ross Memorial Hospital, Pierre Trudeau was prime minister – not his son, Justin – and Bill Davis was premier of Ontario. As well, all Canadian road signs turned metric this same year and the Toronto Eaton Centre opened its doors for the first time.

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Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition passes the ‘fork’ to new leader

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Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition passes the ‘fork’ to new leader
Heather Kirby, new chair of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition.

Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition has passed the ‘fork’ to a new leader, electing Heather Kirby as their new chair. Kirby is the general manager of Kawartha Lakes Food Source.

Elected at their recent annual general meeting, Kirby says she is excited to carry on the great work of the food coalition and its partners.

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Kawartha Credit Union helps local patients tell Tales of Hope

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From left to right: Veronica Nelson, Michelle Finley, Jenn Bianco, and Erin Coons.

The team at Kawartha Credit Union’s Lindsay branch is helping to turn breast cancer stories into Tales of Hope.

Michelle Finley, Kawartha Credit Union’s Lindsay branch manager, and Jenn Bianco, a member service representative, visited Ross Memorial Hospital to present a cheque for $1,003.45 to Erin Coons, executive director of the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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