Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Annual General Meeting

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Notice To Corporation Members of the

PERTH AND SMITHS FALLS DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Corporation will be held at the GWM Site, Perth, ON (33 Drummond Street West), in the Cafeteria, Lower Level, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

            “Donna Howard”                                                         “Beverley McFarlane”

Donna Howard, Chair                                                 Beverley McFarlane, Secretary

Board of Directors                                                      Board of Directors

GWM Auxiliary 90th Anniversary Golf Tournament

The Auxiliary to the GWM Hospital is celebrating its 90th Anniversary with a Golf Tournament!

This event is a fundraiser for a new surgical table for the operating room of the GWM site.

WHEN:   Saturday, June 16, 2012

WHERE:  Perth Golf Course

For more information and registration forms, please contact Marion at 613-267-3046 or Click Here!

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th!  Register soon as space is filling up quickly.

Hospital Preparing for Next Move

Smiths Falls, ON – Later this week, staff at the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital will begin moving into a portion of the1950’s wing which has been completely gutted and renovated. 

 Given the progress of recent weeks, the anticipated “hospital ready” date is set for February 15th, 2011.  This is the date that the renovated areas in portions of the 1950’s wing will be formally turned over to the hospital by the contractor and ready for occupancy.  This move represents another major part of the multi-year, $45 million dollar hospital redevelopment project.  “It’s more than a face lift. It’s really a renovation project,” said Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. “We have gutted the area from floor to ceiling and are rebuilding.  So, everything is brand-new and state-of-the-art, including the air system.”

 The hospital is gearing up for transitioning to the 16,000 square foot renovated areas commencing February 16th.

 There are a number of areas being permanently moved to the renovated areas.  Highlights of this phase include:

 Level S (2nd):

–                     Pharmacy

–                     10 Medical Surgical Beds

Level M (1st):

–                     Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation

–                     Physicians’ Lounge

–                     Speech (Temporary)

–                     Clinical Dietitian

 Level G (0 – Lower):

–                     Lab (Temporary)

–                     Health Records (Temporary)

Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Stepanuik said that no service disruptions are expected during the move.

Once the move has been successfully completed, the Hospital will vacate the areas previously occupied by the above departments/people by February 25th.  AECON will then proceed with the next phase of construction.  During this time the elevator in the 1950’s wing will be completely modernized.  As a result it will be out of service from February 25th – April 27th.  On or about February 25th the old main entrance (Cornelia Street) will be closed permanently as it will become a construction zone.  In addition, the small parking (previous physician lot) lot facing Cornelia Street will be closed as well.

“We are extremely excited to have another portion of our phased renovation completed,” stated Mr. Stepanuik. “What this means for our patients and visitors is that our staff are able to offer better services in better facilities. It is a win-win for everyone.”

 “The revitalization of this site is a significant benefit to our patients and staff,” said Larry Sparks, Chair of the Hospital Board.  “We are truly grateful for all of our donors’ generosity and commitment to optimize the health status of our community members.”

 Motorists who have driven along Elmsley and Cornelia Streets by the Hospital during the last few years cannot help but notice the progress of the new hospital=s construction.  From the 2008 groundbreaking ceremony to the once-visible beams of metal that composed the structure=s skeleton, to the construction of the new wing which the hospital occupied in May of 2010, to the successful completion of another phase which will be occupied this week.  The $45 million project is now 80% complete.  Construction of the remainder of the site is slated to be completed in December of 2011.

Finally, all telephone numbers will remain the same, “to try to retain as much continuity as possible,” Mr. Stepanuik said. “People will have to go to a new spot, but as much as possible, we’re trying to minimize the change.”

 Thank you for your ongoing patience with the redevelopment.

 About Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital B The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is a 97 bed multi-site accredited hospital.   The hospital delivers a broad range of services, including emergency and intensive care, medical/surgical care, rehabilitation, and obstetrical care. A variety of ambulatory care clinics are also offered. In addition to these, the Hospital also sponsors Lanark County Mental Health, Lanark County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence and Lanark County Support Services. The hospital serves Lanark County with a rural population of approximately 44,000 residents.  PSFDH employs close to 600 people and relies on the additional support provided by physicians and volunteers. PSFDH is an active member of the South East Local Health Integration Network (“South East LHIN”).  

 For more information contact:

 Todd Stepanuik

President & CEO

Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital

613-283-2330 ext:1130

www.psfdh.on.ca

Access to Patient Care – Follow-up

Smiths Falls, ON – This is in follow-up to the initial media release prepared and circulated regarding the passing of Dr. Gan Murty and the subsequent actions to accommodate the residents with access to care. Subsequent meetings involving family physicians, representatives of the Town of Smiths Falls, Community and Primary Health Care – Brockville, the Merrickville/Smiths Falls Community Health Centre and the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital have been held. The recruitment of family physicians is a daunting challenge facing many rural communities across Ontario and Canada. The challenge of attracting family physicians will require an ongoing concerted community effort.

 The Smiths Falls Community Health Centre, the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, Mayor Staples  and Bob Cheetham (Town of Smiths Falls),  CPHC (Community and Primary Health Care)  and other allied health providers are actively working together to find a longer-term solution to the shortage of doctors.   That solution will include finding the health professionals who want to work in our community and finding the facilities and the funds to attract and retain them.   Residents who absolutely need a doctor are encouraged to contact Health Care Connect. If you do not have a family doctor, Health Care Connect is the agency to phone. The Hospital is not able to assist with those inquiries. Health Care Connect is a Government of Ontario agency which helps people who are without a family health care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) to find one. Residents can use the web – http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ms/healthcareconnect/public to fill out a quick form with basic information in order to begin the process of finding a new doctor OR they can call the program at 1-800-445-1822 (available Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to begin the same process.

 Residents can also contact the following agencies:

  CPHC Mobile – 613-803-1710

 McNeely Clinic (Carleton Place)- 613-253-2233

 Smiths Falls Community Health Center – 613-283-1952

The Lanark Transportation Association (LTA) is reaching out to orphaned patients in the Smiths Falls area who need to see a doctor at the Carleton Place (McNeely) medical clinic. To book an appointment with the LTA call 613-264-8256 or 1-877-445-5777.The North Lanark Community Health Centre (NLCHC) is offering its service to “all parts of Lanark County that are north of Highway #7, and extends service to the parts of Frontenac County that are north of Highway #7” – 613-259-2182

Working together in a spirit of collaboration and cooperation, we are making progress in reaching a longer-term solution while still addressing immediate steps that will ensure the availability of quality health care for all residents of this region.

Those steps include:

  • Receiving the assistance of Health Force Ontario in finding  short term physicians (locums) who will help in addressing the needs of residents
  • Using the services of Health Care Connect to find physicians who are accepting new patients
  • The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital will be introducing a physician recruiter position 
  • The Smiths Falls and Merrickville Community Health Centres are working on plans to expand capacity to accept new patients, in the meantime referrals from Health Care Connect are being considered. 
  • The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital and the Town of Smiths Falls are cultivating viable family physician prospect. 
  •  The CPHC Community Family Health Team Mobile Primary Health Care Unit, as of January 4, 2011, has added two (2) days/month to Smiths Falls for a total of five (5).
  •  The CPHC and the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital are collaborating with the intent of further increasing the number of days for the mobile unit service in Smiths Falls. This increase in service would assist in dealing with the challenges.
  • With the combined efforts of the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital, the Town of Smiths Falls (Mayor Staples) and other primary health care providers, we will focus on the needs of those who do not have access to a family physician both in the short term and long term.
  • Longer term, we know that the best way to recruit new doctors is to offer “turn key” space in a professional medical building – one in which a new doctor simply needs to show up and begin their practice, rather than having to burden themselves with additional debt, purchasing equipment, etc.. We remain hopeful that just such a facility can be built locally in the near future that will help us recruit the physicians we need.  
  • We are meeting with the South East Local Health Integration Network for the purpose of soliciting their assistance.
  • Appealing to the MOHLTC (Ministry of Health and Long Term Care) in an attempt to have Smiths Falls categorized as Underserviced.

“The Town of Smiths Falls is working with a dedicated team of healthcare providers, the private sector and our partner communities in an attempt to resolve both the short and longer term needs of the community,” said Bob Cheetham, Manager of Economic Development.

We all remain positive that the situation will improve.

For more information contact:Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO

613-283-2330 ext. 1130

tstepanuik@psfdh.on.ca  

  

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Murty’s Passing and Patient Access to Care

At a recent meeting of parties concerned about and willing to assist residents with access to care given the passing of Dr. Gan Murty, the following points were made.  The group consisted of family physicians, mayor and representatives of the Town of Smiths Falls, the Community and Primary Health Care Family Health Team, the Merrickville/Smiths Falls Community Health Centre and the Hospital.

  •  We deeply regret the passing of Dr. Murty, and our thoughts and best wishes are with his family and friends as they mourn the loss of a man whose contribution to this community will be sorely missed.
  •  We completely understand the concerns, too, of Dr. Murty’s many patients who must now seek a new physician to help with their health care – and we are actively seeking short term and longer term solutions to address these concerns.
  •  The immediate situation for patients seeking urgent care will be addressed by the Emergency Department of the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital.  At this difficult time, we encourage residents to seek out this facility if – and only if – they require urgent and immediate attention.  Wait times may be longer than usual given the increase in volumes.
  •  Other care can be made available – as appropriate – through the Merrickville/Smiths Falls Community Health Centre; through the CPHC Mobile Family Health Team who are looking at increasing time in Smiths Falls; and eventually through the Smiths Falls Nurse Practitioner-led clinic.  A variety of referral sources such as Lanark County Mental Health, Tri County Addiction and Referral Services, Diabetes Education Programs, and Telehealth will assist the community during this time.
  •  A locum (temporary replacement) physician is being sought for the short term with assistance available from Health Force Ontario, and through the efforts of other clinicians in this region.  Appropriate facilities for a locum physician are under careful consideration and a solution will be found soon.
  •  In the meantime, residents who absolutely need a doctor are encouraged to also contact Health Care Connect.  Residents can use the web – http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ms/healthcareconnect/public to fill out a quick form with basic information in order to begin the process of finding a new doctor OR they can call the program at 1-800-445-1822 (available Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to begin the same process.
  •  For the longer term, active recruitment will continue to be pursued to secure additional full time permanent physicians for the Perth-Smiths Falls area

 For more information contact:

 Linda Bisonette, BScN, MHS

Vice President, Patient Care Services & CNE

Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital

613-283-2330 ext:1110 or 1309

www.psfdh.on.ca

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33 Drummond Street West
Perth, ON K7H 2K1
Tel: (613) 267-1500
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60 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
Tel: (613) 283-2330

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