Ross recognizes employees, including 40-year-service recipient

By Roderick Benns

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.

That was 1977, the same year Kane started her career at Ross Memorial in Lindsay. This week, she was recognized at Ross’ ‘Long Service & Excellence Awards.’

The ceremony is held at Ross each year to shine a light on hospital champions. Kane was among the 125 employees celebrated for their long service, and was feted for her work as an emergency department nurse.

Val Harris, chair of the RMH board of governors, thanked all award winners on behalf of the community.

“It is you who provides the exceptional care that matters to our patients,” says Harris.

“It is you who maintains this massive facility and who keeps it running efficiently day and night. It is you who coordinates with community and regional partners to ensure our patients’ care continues after they leave the hospital. You are the heart of the Ross Memorial Hospital,” Harris says.

Awards of excellence were also presented in the following categories to:

Champions of Change  

  • Janeel Quibell (IT Application Specialist)
  • Howard Tremaine (Patient & Family Experience Partner)
  • Dr. Gabriel Chan (Internist)


Respectful Communicator      

  • Syed Yakub Wajid (Physiotherapy)

Team Players    

  • Rosemarie Brown RN (Mental Health Program)
  • Denyse Williamson (Ward Clerk, Continuing Care Program)
  • Det. Cst. Ryan Boutin (Community Response Unit)

Dedicated to Excellence  

  • Karen Callaghan RN (Assess & Restore Mobile Team)
  • Kim Cearns RN (Mental Health Program)

“Congratulations to everyone who received a long service award today and thank you for the commitment you’ve made to the Ross,” says Dr. Bert Lauwers, RMH president and CEO.

“I’m very proud of the Ross team and happy to help recognize excellence in our hospital.

Lauwers encouraged everyone to “continue showing appreciation for your teammates” whenever possible.

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