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Planned hospital merger could be big risk for Ross Memorial

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Planned hospital merger could be big risk for Ross Memorial

On November 20, 1902, medical experts travelled by train to Lindsay to be part of the opening of the $80,000 Ross Memorial Hospital, named in honour of the benefactor James L. Ross’ parents. At the time it was one of the finest and best-equipped hospitals in Canada.

A local paper commented that the day was “a red letter day in the history of the County of Victoria.” Ross, a successful railway engineer and philanthropist, had lived briefly in Lindsay and covered the entire cost of the hospital’s construction on the condition that “the County maintain the facility as it would not only be a memorial to his parents, but also a gift to the community he had once called home.”

County of Victoria Warden John Austin, in his remarks at the opening proclaimed, “the spirit which dedicated this building as a memorial of the past, and a blessing for the future, will outlive even its solid walls.”

After generations of local citizens have been born and died in what is surely a cornerstone of our community the questions we must answer now are: “will the hospital outlive the proposed merger with the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), and if it does, in what form will it survive?”

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Patel family turns Kent Inn around and gives back to Lindsay community  

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Patel family turns Kent Inn around and gives back to Lindsay community  
Photo: Mark Ridout

“Is this what a regular family does on the Family Day holiday?” That was 13-year-old Siya Patel’s question as she replenished coffee supplies in a unit of the Kent Inn. (I’m imagining a slightly plaintive tone.) Her brother, Shivam, was vacuuming nearby as their mother, Priti, made the beds, and father, Chetan (Chris), cleaned in the bathroom.

What was the response? They all — Siya included — laughed good-naturedly and stored away the anecdote to reminisce about from time to time.

This is the story of a successful family-owned-and-operated business and a hard-working, close-knit family that in a variety of ways is contributing to our community.

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Are the kids alright? Youth mental health in Kawartha Lakes

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Are the kids alright? Youth mental health in Kawartha Lakes

You are driving past a school play yard and you see thirty kids playing on the school field at recess. According to widely-accepted figures, at least six of those kids you see – all sons, daughters, grandkids, cousins, neighbours, members of our community – will suffer or are suffering from some sort of mental health issue, be it anxiety, trauma, a mood disorder, or an emotional, social and behavioural issue.

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Lindsay’s opioid challenge: Coordinated effort working to help those affected

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Lindsay’s opioid challenge: Coordinated effort working to help those affected
Emergency services in Lindsay and all of Kawartha Lakes are on the front line of this challenge.

Ask anyone involved in front-line health care in Lindsay, and they will tell you the same thing: opioid overdoses in our area are rising at an alarming rate. There aren’t necessarily more people using drugs, authorities say, but those who do are endangered by a drug supply poisoned with fentanyl and its derivatives.

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Visitor restrictions expanded at Ross Memorial in wake of outbreak

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The Ross Memorial Hospital has expanded visitor restrictions to include the first floor of the Continuing Care Program after several patients and staff members have become ill with what is suspected to be Norovirus.

Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps and headache.

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Ross Memorial grapples with suspected Norovirus

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Ross Memorial clarifies outbreak restrictions
The norovirus.

The Ross Memorial Hospital has put visitor restrictions in place on the medical unit (third gloor) due to an outbreak of what is suspected to be Norovirus.

Since March 1, six patients and more than a dozen healthcare providers have become ill, with symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps and headache.

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Lindsay Advocate launches monthly print magazine

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Lindsay Advocate launches monthly print magazine

After just five short months of bringing community news to Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes online, The Lindsay Advocate is adding a monthly print edition to its media plans next month.

The response to the Lindsay Advocate’s approach to community news – choosing to see most everything through a social and economic wellness lens – has proven popular with readers.

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The Yazdanis: Three generations of Lindsay family with Iranian roots

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Three generations of community-minded family who have roots in Iran.

Three generations of a family with Iranian roots.

Three different  experiences of Lindsay. If you don’t already know them, meet the Yazdanis.

Helen and Khosrow

Let’s start in the middle, with Helen and Khosrow, who are in their late 50s and have been in Lindsay for over 30 years. I talked with them over tea and cinnamon-scented Noon Youkhe pastries in their home.

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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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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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