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RMH Auxiliary provides generous support for immediate needs at RMH

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The Ross Memorial Hospital Auxiliary made a special donation to support needs including the purchase of hysteroscopes for the Perioperative Suite, a specialized echocardiography stretcher, computers and monitors, and kitchen wares for the Nutrition Services Department.

Volunteers Evelyn Morrow, Rhona Bryant and Joyce MacCormack presented the cheque for $55,000 to RMH Interim President and CEO Veronica Nelson and RMH Foundation Executive Director Erin Coons.

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Kawartha Lakes approved as training site for would-be doctors

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Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) announced that, in conjunction with Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH), City of Kawartha Lakes family doctors and the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP), the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL) has been approved as a University of Toronto (UofT) Family Medicine Clerkship training site.

Training to become a doctor includes four years of medical school, prior to completing a specialty residency. The third and fourth years of medical school are known as ‘clerkship’. During these years, 5 to 6 weeks of training in many specialties, including family medicine, are completed by the students. In October 2019, KLHCI is slated to welcome the first two UofT medical students into CKL’s Family Medicine Clerkship training program.

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Veronica Nelson announced as interim president and CEO at Ross

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Veronica Nelson.

The Ross Memorial Hospital Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Veronica Nelson will lead the hospital as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer as a process gets underway to recruit a permanent President and CEO.

Veronica Nelson was most recently Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She began her career at RMH as a Medical Radiation Technologist in 1999 and has held roles including Project Manager, Director of Diagnostic Imaging, and Vice President Diagnostics, Procurement and Special Projects.

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Walking through history: Remembering downtown Lindsay 100 years ago

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Summer peace parade, downtown Lindsay, 1919.

Imagine strolling through Lindsay’s historic boroughs 100 years ago, in 1919. What might life have been like, behind the scenes and within the businesses that once drove our economy? What thoughts and emotions coursed through the minds and hearts of local citizens? Imagination – and a little research – are powerful tools. They transpose me from the streets on which I stroll today…to the Lindsay of a century ago.

Lindsay, mid-spring, 1919.

Before venturing into the heart of commercial Lindsay, I pause to admire the Ross Memorial Hospital, standing proudly on a height of land adjacent to Kent and Angeline Streets. The 16-going-on-17-year-old Ross is generously supported by the community it serves, and this support apparently extends to the new Isolation Hospital at the corner of Colborne and Angeline.

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Two new doctors at Ross Memorial to serve as Hospitalists

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Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) is pleased to welcome two new physicians to our team of Hospitalists. A Hospitalist is a doctor who looks after hospitalized inpatients who don’t have a family physician or whose physicians don’t have privileges in this Hospital.

Dr. Sadia Munawar and Dr. Nathan Shepard began working at RMH last fall. Before moving to Lindsay, Dr. Munawar was practising in Maine and Dr. Shepard was practising in Alabama. The physicians’ have family connections in Ontario, which prompted their interest in relocating from the United States.

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The economics of homelessness as basic income pilot winds down

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Seventy-six years ago, an American psychologist named Abraham Maslow emphasized the process of growing and developing as a person in order to achieve one’s potential.

He called this process a ‘hierarchy of needs’ and, in a testament to common sense, said nothing was more important than basic physical requirements like food, water, sleep, and warmth, as well as safety and security.

Typically, most of us find these things in the security of our income and in the security of own home. When we can’t manage to secure these most basic of needs, though, we’re certainly not going to be able to grow any further as individuals, let alone make a contribution to society. In fact, we will become part of the pressure on our society’s health care system, on our social services, and on our policing and judicial systems.

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Seniors in crisis in Kawartha Lakes: Group calls on Mayor, MPP to help fill in the gaps

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Scores of seniors with some level of cognitive impairment across Kawartha Lakes are at risk of grave injury or death because there are no services for people like them.

He’s got a makeshift wood stove in a dilapidated trailer outside of town. She’s hoarding junk and debris — so much in fact that the doors to her home no longer open and parts of her floor are sagging. Another man burns flammable liquids to stay warm during the cold clutch of winter. In her postcard-perfect home, another woman constantly calls police to investigate phantom intruders.

This is but a snapshot of a growing number of seniors who are in danger in our community. They’re all over age 60 and most have lost at least some of their cognitive abilities. These are men and women who are not necessarily defined by poverty or rural postal codes. In fact, many of them live in nice homes in Lindsay or elsewhere in Kawartha Lakes and may be quite well off.

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Dr. Bert Lauwers stepping down as Ross Memorial’s President & CEO

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After four years at the helm, Dr. Bert Lauwers is stepping down from his position as president and CEO at the Ross Memorial Hospital in early 2019. Dr. Lauwers will take on the new role of executive vice president of medical and clinical programs at the Scarborough Health Network on April 1, 2019.

The Ross Memorial Hospital Board of Governors is sincerely grateful to Dr. Lauwers for his years of exceptional leadership and for his commitment to quality and patient safety at the Ross Memorial Hospital.

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Local Family Health Team saves Urgent Care more than $700,000

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A costing by the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team has revealed that the team has saved the health care system more than $700,000 since 2014 through its emergency room and after hours clinic diversion programs.

Under these programs, the team’s health care professionals assess whether their care and treatment of the patient in the family health team offices resulted in the patient not having to go to the emergency department or attend local after hours clinics.

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X-ray vision: The 2018 Ross Memorial Foundation Holiday Appeal needs you

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This annual fundraiser is very important for the Hospital, as it raises between $175,000 and $200,000 for vital equipment.

It is perhaps fitting that in a year when many residents spoke up about the importance of having a full-service local hospital that the goal of this year’s Holiday Appeal is for the purchase of diagnostic equipment and to contribute towards the redevelopment of the diagnostic imaging department.

Just over 100 years ago — in 1917 — founding donor James Ross himself donated $2,550 so that the RMH could purchase an X-Ray machine — a machine that only larger hospitals in bigger towns and cities had access to at the time. It was pretty cutting edge stuff for such a small hospital.

Jump ahead 100 years, and our community, through the RMH Foundation, is carrying on that tradition started by James Ross.

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