Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care honours one of Canada’s greenest health care organisations 

(KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO) NOVEMBER 30, 2022 – In recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship and greening its internal health care practices, Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) has won three Green Health Care Awards as top performer in the categories of Leadership, Pollution Prevention, and Waste. 

The Green Health Care awards are presented annually by the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. This year’s awards were based on data submitted to the 2021 Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) program, which rendered KDH the highest Leadership, Pollution Prevention and Waste scores of all participating hospitals within its peer group. KDH was also awarded an Honourable Mention in the Water Category.

“We are truly honoured to receive these awards and to be acknowledged among our peers for success in making our hospital more environmentally friendly,” said Frank J. Vassallo, KDH’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are very proud to be recognized as a Canadian leader in driving health care’s greening agenda.”

KDH’s Manager of Building Services and Environmental Program Lead, Tammy Buehlow, attributes the organization’s outstanding results to leadership. “KDH’s corporate commitment to sustainability through dedicated budgeting and planning, an executive champion, a dedicated staff member, and our KDH Green Team aligns perfectly with our Environmental Mantra, which remains, ‘Our hospital, our responsibility’,” she said.

This is not the first time that KDH has been recognized as a top performer by the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care: the hospital’s sustainability efforts were rewarded in 2020 with five awards in the small hospital peer group including Green Hospital of the Year. KDH was also recognized with awards in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2015.

“At KDH we recognize that, as a community leader, we have a responsibility to minimize our ecological impact while providing quality health care services in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy environment for our patients, staff, and visitors,” said Brittany Rivard, KDH’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations. “Our Environmental Mission Statement is a demonstrated commitment from within to operate in an environmentally responsible manner today, for a better tomorrow.”

The Green Hospital Scorecard is a comprehensive health care benchmarking tool that measures energy and water conservation, waste management and recycling, corporate commitment, and pollution prevention. Participating hospitals report on their environmental and sustainability initiatives through an online questionnaire and the resulting Scorecard summarizes their environmental performance relative to their peers.

The awards were presented by the Coalition’s Executive Director, Neil Ritchie, at the Coalition’s virtual awards ceremony earlier this fall.

About Kemptville District Hospital 

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the healthcare system. For more information, visit www.kdh.on.ca

For more information, please contact:  

Jenny Read, Communications Officer | Kemptville District Hospital | 613.258.6133 x 223 | jread@kdh.on.ca

About the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care 

The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is recognized as Canada’s premier, integrated green resource network driving leadership in environmentally-sustainable health care practices. A national not-for-profit, the Coalition is a catalyst for environmental change encouraging the adoption of resource conservation and climate change resiliency practices, pollution prevention principles and effective environmental management systems to reduce the Canadian health care sector’s ecological impact while protecting human health. To learn more, visit www.greenhealthcare.ca

KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO, NOVEMBER 10, 2022 – The early arrival of the flu, a resurgence in respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, and the continued spread of COVID-19 have created a challenging ‘viral season’.

In an effort to help manage this challenge, The North Grenville Covid-19 Assessment Centre (NGCAC) has expanded its hours to Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.

The NGCAC is offering 30 appointments per day for patients over three months of age presenting with Febrile Respiratory Illness (FRI) symptoms who are seeking a physician assessment.

FRI symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, runny nose, nausea, and vomiting.

Patients will require an appointment for physician assessment; bookings can be made online after 5pm the day before at www.ngcac.ca. To check for availability by phone, call 613-258-3192 between 9am and 5pm.

“In light of the huge pressures on all components of our health system, we are pleased to be able to provide another option for people with FRI symptoms,” said Dr. Suzanne Rutherford, Medical Director of the NGCAC. “The other options for people are to get an appointment with their family doctor or go to the emergency department.”

Dr. Rutherford  credited Lisa Kirkham and Sara Paquin, the NGCAC managers, for locating the staff needed to execute this change.

Please note, physician assessment visits will not include a COVD-19 test unless testing eligibility is met (as set out by the provincial guidelines.) The NGCAC also offers COVID-19 tests as a ‘Do It Yourself’ Testing Centre. For more information see www.ngcac.ca

The NGCAC’s expanded hours took effect on November 8.

About the North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre

The North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre is a community-based collaboration of five partners: Rideau Crossing Family Health Centre; the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; the Municipality of North Grenville; Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service; and Kemptville District Hospital. The Assessment Centre is located at 15 Campus Drive (Bell Hall on the Kemptville Campus) in Kemptville, Ontario. The Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm beginning October 5, 2020. The partners designed the centre to be as efficient as possible, to minimize wait times for patients and families, and to minimize disruption on the Kemptville Campus, which is home to several schools and other organizations.

 

OCTOBER 31, 2022 – Excitement is building as Deep River & District Hospital (DRDH), Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) and Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) conduct final preparations for the November 5, 2022 launch of the Epic health information system at each hospital.

The three hospitals are asking the public for patience during the transition to the new system. “Putting Epic in place is a big change for staff and patients with many benefits, but it will take time to adjust,” said Brittany Rivard, KDH’s Chief Financial Officer/VP Operations and Site Lead for the Epic implementation. “Please be patient with the staff at each of our hospitals as they adjust to this new system.”

After go-live, it is expected that some processes, such as registration, documenting notes, and appointments may take a bit longer. Plans are in place to reduce disruptions and make the transition as seamless as possible. For example, each hospital has reduced the number of appointments in some areas to ensure that staff have time to care for each patient while learning to use the new system.

Planning has been underway at each hospital to prepare for the new system. Above, at Deep River & District Hospital, Allison Lepack, Manager of Clinical Services – Acute Care and Epic Certified Trainer (left) and Personal Support Worker Ashley Morrison (right) update the “Epic Journey” wall to show that each department has reached its milestones as we quickly approach go-live.

Epic replaces dozens of electronic and paper systems, making every patient’s medical information available in one secure place online. It provides a comprehensive digital health record for every patient, enhancing standardization, information sharing, and continuity of care. Simply put, Epic gives people better access to their own health information and more seamless care from their providers.

Hospital CEOs Frank J. Vassallo (KDH), Janna Hotson (DRDH), and Cholly Boland (WDMH), have one message: “We are ready! Preparation has been underway for many months with extensive staff and physician training, new equipment purchases, and improvements to the IT infrastructure. Thank you to our teams for your commitment to continually improving patient care.”

When the switch is flipped, Epic will bring many improvements and benefits for patients, families, staff and physicians. It will:

  • eliminate paper-based patient health records
  • replace dozens of electronic systems that don’t always ‘talk’ to each other when patient information needs to be shared across teams and services
  • ensure patient information is available in one place and save staff and physicians time looking for things like test results and medication history
  • eliminate the need for patients to repeat their health history at every interaction or visit
  • give every member of a patient’s care team access to their health record so that critical care decisions can be made safely, and in collaboration with the patient
  • make it easier for patients to access their medical record using MyChart – they will be able to view test results, see their medical history, diagnostic test results, upcoming appointments, lists of allergies and medications, and even educational materials.

The three hospitals now become part of a digital network of nine hospitals in the Ottawa region using the world-class health information system.

It’s going to be Epic!

 

ABOUT DEEP RIVER & DISTRICT HOSPITAL

The Deep River & District Hospital (DRDH) is a 16-bed acute care hospital located on the wooded banks of the Ottawa River, within the Town of Deep River. DRDH is part of a person-centered campus of care, which also includes the Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home and the North Renfrew Family Health Team, all on one site. Our campus of care is expanding, innovating, and modernizing to better serve our communities and further our ability to provide excellent, compassionate care, every time. Supported by a dedicated team of employees and physicians, DRDH is committed to advancing our mission of caring for every person like a loved one, within an integrated health system. With partners across the Ottawa Valley Ontario Health Team, DRDH is collaborating on new models of health care delivery that put patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system. Accreditation Canada has recognized the organization’s clinical and operational performance with its highest rating, Exemplary Standing. For more information about DRDH, visit www.drdh.org.

 Media contact:

Amy Joyce: 613.584.3333 x 7100 | amy.joyce@drdh.org

 

 ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system. For more information about KDH services, visit www.kdh.on.ca.

 Media contact:

Jenny Read: 613.258.6133 x 223 |  jread@kdh.on.ca

 

ABOUT WINCHESTER DISTRICT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

We’re here for you! That’s the message from the team at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH). WDMH cares for families throughout our region, with a patient and family-centred approach region. It is a full-service hospital from childbirth to seniors’ care – and a hub site for cancer care, dialysis and cataract surgery. WDMH has a 24/7 Emergency Department and Diagnostic Imaging services including digital mammography and CT scans. Day surgery and specialty clinics, with visiting specialists from Ottawa hospitals, mean that patients can receive care without travelling to the city. Research and education initiatives drive quality and best practices. WDMH has an award-winning reputation for compassionate excellence. For more information about WDMH services, visit www.wdmh.on.ca

Media contact:

Jane Adams: 613.729.4864 | jadams@wdmh.on.ca

SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 – On November 5th, the new Epic health information system will be launched at Deep River & District Hospital (DRDH), Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) and Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH). Training is now underway as staff and physicians prepare for a new way of caring for our patients.

“November 5th is just over a month away and we will be ready,” said Frank J. Vassallo, KDH’s CEO. “Our teams have been working tirelessly to train and prepare for Epic. They see the benefits first-hand.”

Epic is a powerful digital health information system that uses the latest technology to securely store, organize, and access patient records. “The new Epic system will support both patients and their care providers,” noted Janna Hotson, the CEO of DRDH. “Simply put, patients will get better access to their own health information and more seamless care from their providers.”

The three hospitals will now become part of a digital network of nine hospitals in the Ottawa region using the world-class health information system.  “Epic replaces the current hospital information systems made up of multiple electronic and paper-based systems containing different parts of a patient’s health record,” added Cholly Boland, CEO of WDMH. “Epic gives the patient’s care team the information they need at their fingertips and is proven to reduce wait times, length of stay in the hospital, and readmission.”

Clinical Manager Michael Paglia and Jennifer Sanger, RAI Coordinator at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, check out the new portable Workstations on Wheels.

Another benefit of Epic is the private MyChart portal. Patients will have their health story at their fingertips, anytime, anywhere. MyChart subscribers can see their medical history, diagnostic test results, upcoming appointments, lists of allergies and medications, and even educational materials.

As part of the planning process, each hospital will be reducing some services at the time of launch to ensure that staff have time to care for each patient while learning to use of the new system. More details will be provided on the hospital websites and social media channels leading up to November 5th. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

ABOUT DEEP RIVER & DISTRICT HOSPITAL

The Deep River & District Hospital (DRDH) is a 16-bed acute care hospital located on the wooded banks of the Ottawa River, within the Town of Deep River. DRDH is part of a person-centered campus of care, which also includes the Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home and the North Renfrew Family Health Team, all on one site. Our campus of care is expanding, innovating, and modernizing to better serve our communities and further our ability to provide excellent, compassionate care, every time. Supported by a dedicated team of employees and physicians, DRDH is committed to advancing our mission of caring for every person like a loved one, within an integrated health system. With partners across the Ottawa Valley Ontario Health Team, DRDH is collaborating on new models of health care delivery that put patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system. Accreditation Canada has recognized the organization’s clinical and operational performance with its highest rating, Exemplary Standing. For more information about DRDH, visit www.drdh.org.

Media contact:

Amy Joyce: 613.584.3333 x 7100 | amy.joyce@drdh.org

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system. For more information about KDH services, visit www.kdh.on.ca.

Media contact:

Jenny Read: 613.258.6133 x 223 |  jread@kdh.on.ca

ABOUT WINCHESTER DISTRICT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

We’re here for you! That’s the message from the team at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH). WDMH cares for families throughout our region, with a patient and family-centred approach region. It is a full-service hospital from childbirth to seniors’ care – and a hub site for cancer care, dialysis and cataract surgery. WDMH has a 24/7 Emergency Department and Diagnostic Imaging services including digital mammography and CT scans. Day surgery and specialty clinics, with visiting specialists from Ottawa hospitals, mean that patients can receive care without travelling to the city. Research and education initiatives drive quality and best practices. WDMH has an award-winning reputation for compassionate excellence. For more information about WDMH services, visit www.wdmh.on.ca

Media contact:

Jane Adams: 613.729.4864 | jadams@wdmh.on.ca

KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO, SEPTEMBER 6, 2022 –  The Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Emergency Department will resume 24-hour operations on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 as planned.

The hospital had announced on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 that its Emergency Department would be closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for six nights as a result of a staffing shortage.

“I am very pleased  to announce that our staffing situation has stabilized and we can once again ensure that all employees and physicians have a safe work environment and our patients can receive safe care – care that they have come to expect from KDH,” said Frank Vassallo, KDH’s Chief Executive Officer.

“We are grateful to our community for their patience during the temporary partial closure,” he added.

Vassallo stated that KDH continues to monitor staffing levels and is taking  steps to prevent future closures, including actively recruiting new nurses, working with temporary staffing agencies, and evaluating different staffing strategies and alternate models of care.

“With that being said,” Vassallo added, “it’s important to remember that these are unprecedented and fluid times relative to health human resources; as such, future ED closures could occur even in the face of extraordinary efforts to keep the department open 24/7.”

KDH was one of four eastern Ontario hospitals to experience an emergency department closure over the Labour Day weekend: Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria and Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital both closed their emergency departments overnight on Saturday, and Almonte General Hospital was closed on Monday night.

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL  

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the healthcare system. For more information, visit www.kdh.on.ca

Media contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

613.258.6133 x 223 | jread@kdh.on.ca

KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO, AUGUST 31, 2022 –  The Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Administration has made the very difficult decision to put in place a temporary partial closure of its Emergency Department (ED) due to ongoing staffing shortages.

The KDH Emergency Department will be closing nightly from 7PM to 7AM from August 31, 2022 to September 5, 2022, with the ED resuming 24-hour operations on September 6, 2022 at 7AM.

“Like hospitals across the country, KDH is experiencing a sustained, system-wide pressure on our emergency department staffing levels due to COVID-related absences, vacations, staff fatigue and burnout, explained the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Frank J. Vassallo.

“I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our frontline nurses, physicians, and support staff, who have worked extremely hard throughout the course of the pandemic,” Vassallo added. “Thanks to their commitment to the patients we serve, we have been able to keep our emergency department open 24/7 up to this point.”

KDH is actively working to recruit staff to reduce any temporary closures going forward and will resume 24-hour emergency services as soon as possible.

Anyone requiring immediate medical attention should call 911 and paramedics will take them to the nearest Emergency Department for care.

For people traveling on their own for emergency services, the closest Emergency Departments are:

  • Winchester District Memorial Hospital – https://www.wdmh.on.ca/
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital – www.qch.on.ca
  • Brockville General Hospital – www.brockvillegeneralhospital.ca
  • Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital – www.psfdh.on.ca

Patients can also speak with a Registered Nurse at Telehealth Ontario by calling toll-free 1-866-797-0000 or TTY 1-866-797-0007.  This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients can also call the new Health Connect Ontario service at 811 for advice or chat online with a registered nurse at Health Connect Ontario, https://healthconnectontario.health.gov.on.ca/

Updates will be shared via the KDH website and social media platforms.

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL  

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the healthcare system. For more information, visit www.kdh.on.ca

Media contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

613.258.6133 x 223 | jread@kdh.on.ca

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2022 – Kemptville District Hospital (KDH), like many hospitals across Ontario, is currently experiencing high patient volumes in our Emergency Department combined with staffing shortages. If you are able to seek medical attention for a mild ailment (non-urgent) at a walk-in clinic or book an appointment with your primary care provider, we encourage you to please do so to help preserve our capacity to provide emergency care to our community.

People who do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner to provide care in a timely manner can call the new Health Connect Ontario service at 811 for advice or chat online with a registered nurse at Health Connect Ontario, https://healthconnectontario.health.gov.on.ca/

If you are planning a visit to KDH we suggest you check our website first for any updates: www.kdh.on.ca

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the healthcare system. For more information, visit www.kdh.on.ca

 

Contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

O: 613.258.6133 x 223 | C: 613.914.0195

Email: jread@kdh.on.ca

 

KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO, JULY 28, 2022 – As it rebuilds its volunteer program after a two-year Covid-driven hiatus, the Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Auxiliary has put out a call for student volunteers.

“Volunteering at a hospital is a great way for high school students to get in the volunteer hours they need to graduate,” said Connie Parsons, the KDH Auxiliary’s Volunteer Coordinator. “More importantly,” she added, “it can be an introduction to a career in healthcare and change the course of their lives.”

Charbel El Samra is one of a number of student volunteers who entered the healthcare field after volunteering at KDH; he is going into his final year of medical school in Ireland and is currently studying for his Canadian licensing exams to practice medicine back home after graduation.

Former KDH Auxiliary volunteer Charbel El Samra

“I always enjoyed volunteering at KDH,” El Samra wrote in a recent letter to Parsons. “I hope you get good volunteers after the reinstatement of the program, and I hope the experience inspires them to pursue medicine as it inspired me.”

Parsons has happily acted as a reference for several student volunteers who have found their KDH volunteer experience very valuable not only personally, but also as an aid in getting accepted to medical school.

Currently the Auxiliary has a specific need for volunteers to help serve residents in KDH’s Interim Long-Term Care Unit their meals in the evenings and on weekends. Hand hygiene auditors are also sought to ensure that staff are cleaning their hands at the required ‘four moments of hand hygiene’ before and after contact with patients.

Parsons explained that helping in KDH’s Interim Long-Term Care Unit provides an opportunity to see the patient/resident experience firsthand and to have meaningful interactions with people in the Unit. “Most healthcare professionals are so challenged, especially these days, to have time to socialize with patients, and it is so important,” Parsons stated.

Hand hygiene auditors have the unique opportunity to observe all KDH staff as they go about their duties. “It’s a great way to see how a hospital works and how important every individual and their position is,” said Parsons.

The volunteer program at KDH was reinstated in May 2022 with the re-opening of the volunteer-run Gift Shop and Coffee Bar. “I can’t tell you how happy we are to see volunteers back in the building,” said Lana LeClair, KDH’s Vice President of Corporate Services. “We’ve missed each one personally, and we’ve missed the invaluable help they are accustomed to providing in every department of the hospital. We are bringing them back carefully to specific areas, always keeping their safety as our top priority.”

LeClair noted that all volunteers receive training in the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Infection Prevention and Control Measures before their first shift.

Interested students should note that the volunteer application process takes a few weeks. Prospective volunteers are asked to complete a Volunteer Application Form and have two references submit our Volunteer Reference Form. In addition, hospital volunteers must submit the results of a criminal reference check (18 years of age and older), and provide the results of a tuberculosis test as well as proof of immunization for COVID-19 and certain other communicable diseases. To apply, please email kdh_volunteer@kdh.on.ca.

ABOUT THE KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL AUXILIARY

The Kemptville District Hospital Auxiliary (KDHA) plays a crucial role at Kemptville District Hospital (KDH), both providing volunteers for every area of the hospital and raising funds for the direct benefit of KDH patients. Founded in 1959, the KDHA’s mission is to provide volunteer service to hospital patients, promote good public relations and assist the hospital in providing quality community healthcare.

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL 

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the healthcare system. For more information, visit www.kdh.on.ca

 

Media contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

O: 613.258.6133 x 223 | C: 613.914.0195

Email: jread@kdh.on.ca

KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO, MONDAY, JULY 18, 2022 – The Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Board of Directors has welcomed five new members, elected at its 62nd Annual General Meeting on June 23, 2022.

“I am pleased to welcome Ginette Bebeung, Erin Bonokoski, Jeff Panciuk, Dr. Yves Pelletier, and Helen Zipes to the Board of Directors and look forward to the insight and leadership they will bring to KDH,” said Elizabeth MacPherson, Board Chair. “They join KDH at a critical time, when the communities we serve are depending on us to help navigate through the current crisis in Ontario’s hospitals symbolized by staff shortages, overcrowded emergency departments, and rising numbers of alternate level of care patients.”

Ms. MacPherson congratulated current Directors Margaret Harrison and Stephen Saslove (Treasurer), who were re-elected to serve for a third term; both joined the Board in 2016. She also thanked outgoing Past Board Chair, Robert Morais, who joined the Board in 2014, serving as Chair of various committees before being elected Board Chair in 2018.

The skills-based KDH Board of Directors is composed of 14 elected and seven ex-officio Directors, including a municipal council member. The Board has overall responsibility for overseeing the operations of the Hospital and guiding its future in the health system.

New Board Members

Ginette Bebeung

Ginette Bebeung

A global technology leader and certified Director (INSEAD Business School) with more than 20 years’ experience in technology and innovation, Ginette Bebeung brings extensive expertise in corporate governance, organizational strategy, global operations, supply chain management and strategic negotiations to the Board. With a background in Information Technology, she specializes in Digital Transformation and has had the opportunity to apply her skills in various industries (including medical devices and wellness), and on five continents. Ms. Bebeung currently serves as Executive Vice President, Governance and Strategy, with Searidge Technologies of Ottawa. Previously she served as Searidge’s Director of Operations, and prior to that was Technical Project Manager, Hardware Design, with Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany. A practitioner of collaborative decision making, Ms. Bebeung is looking forward to helping shape the future of KDH.

Erin Bonokoski

Erin Bonokoski

A senior strategic communications and public affairs leader, Erin Bonokoski brings extensive experience in both the public and private sector to the KDH Board. She gained political and government relations insight working across all federal government departments, and served as Director of Strategic Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper. Ms. Bonokoski is currently Vice President and National Practice Lead, Campaigns and Creative, with Crestview Strategy of Ottawa. While this is her first Board appointment, she has extensive experience in governance of a healthcare not-for-profit, gained in the role of Director of Communications and Public Affairs with Health Standards Organization and Accreditation Canada. Ms. Bonokoski and her family live in Kemptville.

Jeff Panciuk

Jeff Panciuk

Jeff Panciuk is a Senior Technical Analyst and Team Lead of the application services team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).  He has been at CHEO for the last 28 years and has been a leader in the IT field for the past 18 years. Mr. Panciuk has been involved with implementing and progressing the electronic health record solution at CHEO on the technical front for 12 years. He holds three certificates from Epic, the electronic health information system that KDH will be implementing this fall.  He has extensive hospital experience in all aspects of software, hardware, operations, and innovation. Mr. Panciuk is new to the role of Director, and is eager to help guide KDH using his knowledge and experience to support the fulfilment of the KDH mission of ‘building healthier communities’.  He was born at KDH, raised in the Kemptville area, and now lives back in the community with his family.

Dr. Yves Pelletier

Dr. Yves Pelletier

Dr. Yves Pelletier (Ph.D.) brings more than 25 years of experience in policy development, government relations, research and innovation, human resources management, complex project management and more to the KDH Board. He currently serves as Associate Vice-President, Francophonie, at the University of Ottawa, and has served in a variety of roles within other Canadian universities. He also worked in government both at the federal and provincial level, including a mandate as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Post-Secondary Education for the Government of New Brunswick, with oversight responsibility for public and private universities and community colleges in New Brunswick. Dr. Pelletier holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s University where his scholarship focuses on public memory and commemoration. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and Osteopathy Canada. He returned to the National Capital Region after a 10-year absence in 2020; he is a resident of North Grenville.

Helen Zipes

Helen Zipes

Helen Zipes is an experienced healthcare leader and consultant who has worked in many facets of the healthcare continuum. She is a former Physiotherapist with more than 35 years’ experience. Ms. Zipes obtained her B.Sc. (P.T.) from McGill University and her M.B.A. from the University of Ottawa. She spent 28 years at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH), including the Civic and Riverside Hospitals prior to amalgamation; her career at TOH culminated in the Senior Management Team role of Clinical Director of Rehabilitation and the Academic Family Health Team. Ms. Zipes has chaired and participated on numerous regional, provincial and federal committees and is a former member of the Fitness to Practice and Discipline Committee of The Board of Physiotherapists of Ontario. She currently also serves on the Board of FOCUS Accreditation. She is passionate about quality healthcare and safety and is delighted to be joining the KDH Board.

The complete list of Board Members is available on the KDH website: https://www.kdh.on.ca/your-hospital/board-of-directors/

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the healthcare system. For more information, visit www.kdh.on.ca

Media contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

613.258.6133 x 223 | jread@kdh.on.ca

Deep River & District Hospital (DRDH), Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) and Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) will be going live with the Epic health information system in November 2022, ushering in tremendous benefits for patients and their care providers.

Epic is a powerful digital health information system that uses the latest technology to securely store, organize, and access patient records while maintaining patient privacy. It provides a comprehensive digital health record for every patient, enhancing standardization, information sharing and continuity of care.

Simply put, patients will get better access to their own health information and more seamless care from their providers.

With Epic’s private MyChart portal, patients will have their health story at their fingertips. Anywhere, anytime, MyChart subscribers can see their medical history, diagnostic test results, upcoming appointments, lists of allergies and medications, and even educational materials.

“Epic replaces the current hospital information systems made up of multiple electronic and paper-based systems containing different parts of a patient’s health record,” explained Cholly Boland, CEO of WDMH. “Epic gives the patient’s care team the information they need at their fingertips and is proven to reduce wait times, length of stay in hospital, and readmission,” he added.

By implementing Epic, DRDH, KDH, and WDMH become part of a digital network of nine hospitals in the Ottawa region using the world-class health information system.

“The driving force behind the decision to implement Epic now was our commitment to continually improve patient care and the patient experience,” said Frank J. Vassallo, KDH’s CEO. “Once live with Epic, we will be able to provide seamless care as part of a fully integrated network of hospitals in the Ottawa region all using the same system.”

This means that when a patient is transferred between hospitals who use Epic, critical information will be available immediately to their new healthcare team and the patient will not have to repeat their medical history over and over. Within each hospital, the information will be available and up to date everywhere in the facility, improving communication, quality care and patient safety.

While the switch to Epic requires a large amount of internal planning and training, staff at each of the three hospitals are embracing the change. “We are very pleased with the enthusiasm of our team as we work towards implementation of Epic”, explained Janna Hotson, the CEO of DRDH. “Our providers recognize that the integration and collaboration that this Epic partnership provides will ultimately lead to safer, more efficient care.”

DRDH, KDH and WDMH will all be going live with Epic on November 5, 2022.

ABOUT DEEP RIVER & DISTRICT HOSPITAL

The Deep River & District Hospital (DRDH) is a 16-bed acute care hospital located on the wooded banks of the Ottawa River, within the Town of Deep River. DRDH is part of a person-centered campus of care, which also includes the Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home and the North Renfrew Family Health Team, all on one site. Our campus of care is expanding, innovating, and modernizing to better serve our communities and further our ability to provide excellent, compassionate care, every time. Supported by a dedicated team of employees and physicians, DRDH is committed to advancing our mission of caring for every person like a loved one, within an integrated health system. With partners across the Ottawa Valley Ontario Health Team, DRDH is collaborating on new models of health care delivery that put patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system. Accreditation Canada has recognized the organization’s clinical and operational performance with its highest rating, Exemplary Standing. For more information about DRDH, visit www.drdh.org.

Media contact:  Amy Joyce: 613.584.3333 x 7100 | amy.joyce@drdh.org

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system. For more information about KDH services, visit www.kdh.on.ca.

Media contact:  Jenny Read: 613.258.6133 x 223 |  jread@kdh.on.ca

ABOUT WINCHESTER DISTRICT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

We’re here for you! That’s the message from the team at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH). WDMH cares for families throughout our region, with a patient and family-centred approach region. It is a full-service hospital from childbirth to seniors’ care – and a hub site for cancer care, dialysis and cataract surgery. WDMH has a 24/7 Emergency Department and Diagnostic Imaging services including digital mammography and CT scans. Day surgery and specialty clinics, with visiting specialists from Ottawa hospitals, mean that patients can receive care without travelling to the city. Research and education initiatives drive quality and best practices. WDMH has an award-winning reputation for compassionate excellence. For more information about WDMH services, visit www.wdmh.on.ca

Media contact:  Jane Adams: 613.729.4864 | jadams@wdmh.on.ca