KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO, MONDAY, JULY 19, 2021 – Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is pleased to announce that Elizabeth MacPherson has been elected Chair of its Board of Directors, and will be supported in this role by Directors Jeff Nolan, who was elected Vice-Chair, and Stephen Saslove, elected Treasurer. The elections took place at the hospital’s 61st Annual General Meeting, held June 24, 2021.

In addition, the Board is pleased to announce three new Directors, who were welcomed to the Board in January 2021: André Carrière, Shawn Mincoff, and David Thompson.

Elizabeth MacPherson

New Chair Elizabeth MacPherson joined the KDH Board In 2017, bringing a wealth of experience in industrial relations and law. She was Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board from January 2008 to December 2014; prior to that appointment, she was the Director General of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Ms. MacPherson holds a B.A. in Industrial Relations from McGill University and an LL.B. and LL.M. from the University of Ottawa. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to labour relations in Canada. She has served as Vice-Chair of the KDH Board’s Governance Committee for the past two years.

Ms. MacPherson succeeds Robert Morais, who has brought three decades of diverse business experience to the KDH Board as an entrepreneur/founder, a leader within a corporate group, and a facilitator of funding solutions for large corporations. Mr. Morais joined the Board in 2014, serving as Chair of various committees before being elected Board Chair in 2018. Mr. Morais remains on the Board as Past Chair.

As the Board’s new Vice-Chair, Jeff Nolan brings an in-depth understanding of technology and its alignment with business operations, gained over 20-plus years’ working in the high tech industry in both Canada and the United States. A senior sales and transformation leader, he is currently Associate Partner, Advise Move & Build, Public Sector, with IBM Canada, responsible for supporting Canada’s digital transformation and Journey to the Cloud. Mr. Nolan joined the KDH Board in 2018.

Stephen Saslove is reassuming the Treasurer role, which he held from 2018 to 2020. He is a semi-retired Chartered Professional Accountant who acts as an independent financial consultant and Certified Executive Coach. Mr. Saslove owned and operated an independent auditing, accounting, taxation and management consulting practice for 30 years, merging with McCay Duff LLP in 2013 and retiring from public practice in 2014. He joined the Board in 2016.

Mr. Saslove succeeds outgoing Treasurer Peter Currie, who has completed his full term on the KDH Board, having been first elected in 2012. For nine years, Mr. Currie shared his financial expertise gained over the course of a distinguished career, which included serving as Chief Financial Officer of two of Canada’s largest and most complex global organizations: Nortel Networks Corporation and the Royal Bank of Canada. He served as Board Treasurer from 2013 to 2018, and again in 2020 to 2021.

André Carrière

New Board member André Carrière is currently Manager, Health Security and Regional Operations, with the Public Health Agency of Canada. A Registered Nurse by training, he is an expert in Quality Improvement and Patient Centered Care with more than 17 years’ experience in the mental health field. Mr. Carrière holds a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa in addition to his R.N. credentials, and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. His past volunteer experience includes serving in various roles with the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre and on the Board of Governors of St. Lawrence College.

Shawn Mincoff

Shawn Mincoff is a Chartered Professional Accountant currently advising public and high growth private companies as MNP LLP’s Regional Assurance Partner for the Eastern Ontario region. Mr. Mincoff earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University. He has focused his volunteer efforts on organizations with the highest impact on children, having served on the board of the CHEO Foundation and as a member of the finance committee for Habitat for Humanity; he currently serves on the finance committee for the Canadian Pediatric Society. Mr. Mincoff is excited to continue his community service by bringing his skills to the KDH Board.

New Director David Thompson

David Thompson has an Honours degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has owned and operated 12 different corporations in fields as diverse as retail, real estate development, information technology, publishing, and e-learning development. Mr. Thompson was named as one of the top 40 business people in the City of Ottawa under 40 years of age. A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, he was the youngest person to ever serve as a municipal councillor in the Town of Deep River and the youngest Reeve to ever serve in Renfrew County’s 150 year history. Mr. Thompson has also served as a Public School Board Trustee and most recently as Mayor of the Town of Deep River.

The changes to the KDH Board for 2021-22 were acknowledged at the conclusion of the June 24, 2021 meeting of the Board. CEO Frank J. Vassallo expressed his pleasure at Ms. MacPherson’s election as Board Chair and his eagerness to begin working together, commending outgoing Board Chair Robert Morais for “his sage advice, his leadership, and his ability to leverage the rights skills of the Directors at the right time.”

In turn, Mr. Morais expressed his thanks to outgoing Treasurer, Peter Currie. “Your mentorship and guidance have been deeply appreciated and will be very much missed,” he said. “You are a very hard act to follow,” added incoming Treasurer, Stephen Saslove, “and one of the greatest minds I’ve ever worked with.”

In her new role, Ms. MacPherson thanked Jeff Nolan and Stephen Saslove for stepping up into their new roles, and expressed appreciation to André Carrière, Shawn Mincoff and David Thompson for choosing KDH to be the beneficiary of their expertise and volunteer time in joining the KDH Board.

View KDH’s full complement of Board Members: Elected Board Members; Ex-Officio Board Members.


KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO, FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2021 – The Board of Directors of Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Colin Sentongo as the Hospital’s new Chief of Staff, effective July 2, 2021.

KDH’s new Chief of Staff, Dr. Colin Sentongo

A highly regarded anesthetist and ER physician, Dr. Sentongo brings to his new role six years of leadership experience as Chief of KDH’s Anesthesia Department. During his tenure as Anesthesia Chief, Dr. Sentongo oversaw the introduction of a number of new surgical programs, including both a neurosurgical and spine decompression surgical program, and a virtual anesthesia preoperative clinic. He was also responsible for developing several new processes, protocols and procedures to ensure the highest quality and safety of care for surgical patients. His dedication to patient centred care was the driving force behind his development of a pre-operative surgical video, a preparatory guide for patients having surgery at KDH.

Dr. Sentongo is committed to helping to train the next generation of physicians; ongoing teaching responsibilities include providing exposure to rural anesthesia to Queen’s University and University of Ottawa medical students through the Eastern Regional Medical Education Program, and teaching anesthesia electives to University of Ottawa Family Practice residents.

Dr. Sentongo’s main areas of interest are both Emergency Medicine and Anesthesia. He completed his Family Medicine Residencies at both the Northeastern Ohio School of Medicine and the University of Calgary, followed by further Anesthesia training at the University of Ottawa. He has worked extensively in Emergency Rooms across Southern Alberta, and currently holds anesthetic privileges across multiple hospitals in Eastern Ontario.

As KDH’s new Chief of Staff, Dr. Sentongo will also serve as Chair of the KDH Medical Advisory Committee, and play a key role as a member of the Board of Directors. In addition to his duties as Chief of Staff, Dr. Sentongo will continue to provide expert anesthetic care to patients in KDH’s growing list of surgical programs.

Dr. Sentongo succeeds Dr. Penny McGregor, who served as Chief of Staff from 2017 to 2021. Dr. McGregor’s first two years in the role were noteworthy for a number of important and significant changes she led in restructuring KDH’s physician leadership and professional staff bylaws. Her second two years were dominated, of course, by COVID-19. Dr. McGregor proved to be an inspiring and tireless leader in navigating the enormous challenges posed by the global pandemic. Her calm and capable approach motivated and gave confidence to KDH staff to rise to the occasion day after day to do what needed to be done. Dr. McGregor, who has provided services at KDH since 2003, will remain involved, caring for inpatients as Hospitalist on a rotational basis.

At the June 24, 2021 meeting of the KDH Board of Directors, Board Chair Robert Morais offered sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. McGregor for her selfless service to KDH, and welcomed Dr. Sentongo to his new role.

“We are delighted with Dr. Sentongo’s appointment,” Morais stated. “He has earned the respect of his colleagues at KDH over the years, through transparency in his decision making and inclusion of their opinions. His leadership experience, combined with the relationships he has built at KDH in all areas of the hospital, will ensure his effectiveness as KDH’s new Chief of Staff.”

Along with Dr. Sentongo’s appointment as Chief of Staff, there have been several other significant changes to KDH’s physician leadership:

  • ​Long-serving Chief of the Emergency Department Dr. Jonathan Rathwell stepped down earlier this year after almost five years in the role, amid accolades for his dedication to excellence in patient care and his unwavering leadership during the pandemic.​
  • In Dr. Rathwell’s stead, Dr. Tahereh Hosseini, an ER physician at KDH since 2017, has assumed the role of Interim Chief of the Emergency Department.
  • A recent arrival to KDH, Dr. Chris Kirby has been appointed Chief of the Anesthesia Department, filling the vacancy left by Dr. Sentongo’s appointment.

The hospital’s CEO, Frank Vassallo, expressed his heartfelt appreciation to each of these doctors, commenting, “At KDH we are truly blessed with the caliber of the physicians who care for our patients in all departments; they have truly dedicated their lives to serving others.”​

The Kemptville District Hospital Auxiliary (KDHA)’s annual giant garage sale, Hey Day, has been their single largest fundraising effort for over 60 years. Hey Day Co-ordinator, Jolene Stover, today announced that the KDHA has stepped up to the challenge and their Hey Day 50/50 fundraiser is going online to benefit Kemptville District Hospital (KDH).

Tickets are available at $10 buys you 10 tickets, $20 gets you 60 tickets, or you can get 200 for $40. Every month, there will be a Grand Prize Winner and an Early Bird Winner ($500). Every Ontario resident over the age of 18 can purchase tickets.

For more than 60 years the KDHA’s volunteers have worked tirelessly to raise much needed funds for KDH.  Funds raised are used to enhance the excellent care that residents of North Grenville and beyond have come to expect.  KDH does not receive ongoing government funding for equipment, and relies heavily on the KDHA’s fundraising efforts to acquire essential capital equipment, such as a mammography machine, smart beds, and ECG machines, to name a few.

The KDH Auxiliary needs your support!  Help to spread the message: this is a win-win opportunity – you win and our hospital wins!  You can’t win if you don’t have tickets!

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. Over the years, the KDHA has donated more than $1.8 million for essential medical equipment for the hospital. Annually, the 200-plus members of the KDHA – men and women – gave a total of approximately 11,500 volunteer hours to their community hospital.

For further information contact:

Jolene Stover, Hey Day Convenor


The Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Auxiliary has donated $40,000 to the hospital in the lead-up to National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, 2021. This year’s annual donation will be used to support the installation of a Negative Pressure Isolation Room in the Inpatient Medical Unit.

This gift to the hospital represents an amazing accomplishment for the KDH Auxiliary in a year of COVID-19 challenges that saw their Coffee Bar and Gift Shop shuttered, and their major annual fundraiser, Hey Day, cancelled.

KDH Auxiliary President Linda Carnegie presents the volunteer organization’s annual donation to Frank Vassallo, KDH’s Chief Executive Officer

The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Frank J. Vassallo, gratefully acknowledged this donation, which brings the KDH Auxiliary’s total contribution since its founding in 1959 to $1.83 Million.

“I am delighted as always to receive this annual donation from our wonderful volunteer organization; however, I am even more thankful – not to mention impressed – this year, as the KDH Auxiliary has been able to raise this money despite the fact that our entire volunteer program was put on hold in March 2020 for the safety of the volunteers.”

“Thank you from all KDH staff and physicians to each and every one of our volunteers for your unflagging support!” he added.

The donations came from a number of sources, explained KDH Auxiliary President Linda Carnegie. “A big one was the campaign at B&H Your Community Grocer, where customers donated a Toonie at the checkout,” she said. “We certainly did not anticipate getting 3,250 individual donations of $2 each. This shows great support from the community toward our hospital as well as great spirit from the cashiers who enjoyed competing with each other to see who could get the majority of donations.”

Other sources were ‘In Memoriam’ gifts to the KDH Auxiliary’s Tribute Fund, donations received in exchange for masks made by the sewing group, a sidewalk sale at the hospital, and the sale of Gift Shop merchandise at ‘My Kemptville Market’. As well, many individuals and some businesses provided donations to the Auxiliary, either in lieu of Hey Day or as an annual contribution from some loyal donors.  One of these donations was from Grenville Mutual Insurance, who provided a cheque for $1,000 following a suggestion from one of their staff.

“So when it is all added up,” concluded Carnegie, “we were able to provide KDH with all these monies, wishing we could do more.”

The Auxiliary chose to support the to-be-constructed Negative Pressure Isolation Room with this year’s donation due to the urgency of COVID-19. Such a room is intended for patients with communicable diseases, especially airborne ones, to ensure the safety of other patients, staff and visitors.

To recognize its volunteers during National Volunteer Week, KDH will hold a Virtual Volunteer Appreciation event on April 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

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. Annually, the 200-plus members of the KDHA – men and women – gave a total of approximately 11,500 volunteer hours to their community hospital.

About Kemptville District Hospital

Kemptville District Hospital is Accredited with Exemplary Standing, the highest ranking bestowed by Accreditation Canada. Committed to building healthier communities, we are a model of hospital-led integrated health services within the provincial health system. Kemptville District Hospital consistently ranks among the top hospitals in Ontario for both patient and employee satisfaction. We pride ourselves on being a good partner within the system. Kemptville District Hospital provides acute care hospital services, advanced orthopaedic care, and primary care management services.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

613-258-6133, ext. 223

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is inviting people in the communities it serves to be part of the development of its new strategic plan, which will guide the Hospital’s path forward for the next number of years.

There are several ways for the public to have a voice about what KDH could and should be to the people it serves:

1 –  Attend a Virtual Strategic Planning Workshop on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 2:15 to 5:00 pm. The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Zayna Khayat, a Future Strategist with SE Health. Registration is through Eventbrite:

2 –  Complete an online survey:

3 –  Members of the public may also receive a call to participate in a telephone survey.

The  KDH Board of Directors, which is responsible for setting the hospital’s strategic directions, designed its strategic planning process with a robust stakeholder engagement component to provide the public, organizational partners, community groups, and KDH staff, physicians and volunteers with a variety of opportunities to contribute their input.

“Preparing a strategic plan is one of a Board’s most important tasks during its mandate. However, it can’t do this in isolation. That is why the ideas and input from the community and various groups will enrich our thinking as we prepare the next chapter for Kemptville District Hospital,” stated Paul-Émile Cloutier, Chair of the KDH Board Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee.

“With your help, the Board of Directors is seeking to explore the best ways to transform our organization and deliver the best patient care and experience for years to come. I encourage you to be part of the process,” added Cloutier.

All of the input gathered through stakeholder engagement will be compiled, analyzed, and used to help develop the next strategic plan, which will set out KDH’s new strategic priorities and identify the actions that will be taken to advance them.

KDH’s Chief Executive Officer, Frank Vassallo, emphasized the benefits of strategic planning with a high degree of stakeholder engagement. “It’s extremely important that our hospital has focus as an organization and we need to create one forward-focused vision,” he said. “Not only does strategy touch everyone who works at KDH, it also impacts the communities that we are privileged to serve.”

“One benefit of strategic planning is that it creates a vision that can align our hospital and the residents it serves,” Vassallo added. “That is why it is vital that we engage our communities in seeking their input in this effort as we ensure that KDH plays a major role in our communities’ healthy future.”

About Kemptville District Hospital

Kemptville District Hospital is Accredited with Exemplary Standing, the highest ranking bestowed by Accreditation Canada. Committed to building healthier communities, we are a model of hospital-led integrated health services within the provincial health system. Kemptville District Hospital consistently ranks among the top hospitals in Ontario for both patient and employee satisfaction. We pride ourselves on being a good partner within the system. Kemptville District Hospital provides acute care hospital services, advanced orthopaedic care, and primary care management services.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read

Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

O: 613.258.6133 x 223 | C: 613.914.0195



Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

April 2, 2021

The Health Unit is working with the Interim Long-Term Care/Convalescent Care Unit at Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. A single laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member is considered as a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak in the home.

“Enhanced infection prevention and control measures have been put in place to manage the situation.” says Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health.

 “KDH consistently follows the strictest public health guidelines for hospitals and long-term care. We are working closely with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit to contain the outbreak,” says Dr. Penny McGregor, Chief of Staff at Kemptville District Hospital.

The best way to get reliable information about COVID-19 is by visiting Please call the Health Unit if you have any questions at 1-800-660-5853 from 8:30 to 4:30 every day. You can also get important public health updates about COVID-19 by connecting with LGLHealthunit on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, self-isolate at home and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool Information about local COVID-19 assessment centres is available by visiting

Visit Ontario’s website, to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.


After an outbreak is declared, we do not report on further cases or status of cases. The facility is responsible for this information. Data about cases in Long Term Care and Retirement homes can be found here:

For media interviews, contact: Susan Healey, Communications Co-ordinator, 613-802-0550 or Katie Jackson, Manager, 613-812-0416 or email


Located in the municipality of North Grenville, Kemptville is a vibrant, fast-growing community. Kemptville District Hospital is a 40-bed health care facility serving residents in North Grenville and South Ottawa. KDH is accredited with national exemplary standing and offers an array of services, including 24-hour emergency care, advanced orthopaedic surgery, in-hospital care, on-site diagnostic imaging facility, and a wide variety of medical and surgical specialists’ clinics. KDH is currently engaged in developing an Ontario Health Team (OHT).

The Board of Directors at Kemptville District Hospital is seeking an innovative physician leader who will bring strong interpersonal skills and a consensus-building leadership style in his/her interaction with both the KDH’s current medical staff and the Board and administration.  A respected clinician leader, the Chief of Staff will have strong organizational and administrative skills and will help to implement KDH’s strategic vision and mission.  A systems thinker, the successful candidate will understand the importance of embracing partnership and collaboration at the local and regional levels.

The Chief of Staff is accountable to the Board of Directors of KDH for the leadership of the medical staff to ensure that the quality of the medical care given to patients of the Hospital is in accordance with the legislative and regulatory requirements, KDH’s mission, vision and values and policies established by the Board of Directors.   To be successful, the Chief of Staff works closely with KDH’s Chief Executive Officer and senior management.  As the ideal candidate, the Chief of Staff must be able to build and maintain relationships based on trust, respect, and transparency, and be seen by his/her peers as an effective and collaborative leader and a champion of high quality, patient-centred care.

To be eligible, you must be currently registered and licensed (or eligible for licensure) with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Experience working in a rural community setting and/or as Chief of a department or similar would be an asset, as would additional education and/or leadership training.  This position is part-time, based on an average of 25 to 30 hours per month, starting July 1, 2021.  Applications should include a salary range expectation, and will be received until the closing date of March 31, 2021.  For more information, or to submit your application in confidence, please contact:

Lana LeClair, VP Corporate Services

613-258-6133 ext. 222

The Ontario government has given the green light to a group of 70 partners from the Arnprior, North Grenville, Carleton Place, Almonte and West Ottawa regions to submit a full application to become an Ontario Health Team (OHT).

OHTs are a new way of delivering people-centered health care, developed as part of the government’s health system plan and People’s Healthcare Act, 2019.  They bring together primary care, hospitals, public health and community and social services under one umbrella to help people more easily get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

The 70 member organizations — together called the Four Rivers OHT (an interim name) — cover vast geography, heading west from Woodroffe Avenue in Ottawa and into the Arnprior region, North Grenville, Carleton Place and Almonte.  They represent a diverse population and will work to help the people in their communities to live their healthiest life.  They each have a vital role to play. By working together, they can integrate care, coordinate transitions, and grow and improve services.

In order to become an Ontario Health Team, a formal application process must take place:

  • A self-assessment form was submitted and reviewed by the Ontario Ministry of Health
  • Next, the Four Rivers OHT will prepare and submit a full application
  • Once accepted, the Ontario government will conduct an in-person assessment to determine if Four Rivers is fully ready to become an Ontario Health Team

This process will take a few months.

In the first year of operation, the OHT plans to focus on transforming mental health and addictions services and improving outcomes for those with certain chronic diseases across the Four Rivers geography.

The following organizations are participants in the Four Rivers (TBC) Ontario Health Team: Carefor Health & Community Services, Compass Group Canada, AlayaCare, Medtronic Canada, PFAC Kemptville District Hospital, The Ottawa Hospital, Seniors’ Community Services (formerly Kemptville & District Home Support Inc.), Rideau Valley Health Services, Southbridge Care Homes – Bayfield Manor, Rideau Crossing Health Services, Kemptville Medical Centre, Merrickville Family Practice, Osgoode Family Health Organization, Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario, The Royal, Kemptville District Hospital, Med Team Inc., Municipality of North Grenville, Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA), Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SE Health), Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, Leeds & Grenville Paramedic Services, Rural Ottawa South Support Services, Home and Community Care LHIN, Kemptville Health and Wellness, Children’s Mental Health of Leeds & Grenville, Odawa Native Friendship Centre, Beth Donovan Hospice, Community Living North Grenville, Southgate Church, Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing, CommuniCare Therapy, Caregiver and Patient Representatives, Champlain Region Family Council (LTC) Homes), Council on Aging, Ottawa, Greater Arnprior Seniors Council, Arnprior Regional Health, Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors At Home Program, Arnprior & District Family Health Team, Bayshore Health Care, Bruyere Continuing Care, Carebridge (The Mills), ComForCare Ottawa, Champlain LHIN Home & Community Care, Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, Hospice Care Ottawa, Medigas/Praxair, Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, OMNI Health Care, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Valley Family Health Team, Almonte Family Health Organization, Carleton Place Family Health Organization, Beckwith Family Health Organization, Ottawa West Community Support, Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services, Phoenix Centre, Pinecrest Queensway CHC, Renfrew County, Community Paramedicine Program, Renfrew County and District Health Unit, Richmond Medical Clinic, Recovery Care, Sienna Living, West Carleton Family Health Team, West Ottawa Community Resource Centre, French Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario, Queensway Carleton Hospital.

New partnership agreement serves as an avenue to promote excellence in the health leadership field

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) has established a new strategic alliance with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) to increase the leadership capabilities of health care managers in Canada.

Through this agreement, eligible members and KDH employees will work towards obtaining their Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation, the only certification program for all Canadian health leaders. This program offers individual leaders several benefits including support for lifelong learning in health services leadership, assistance with career advancement and peer recognition and also serves as an essential career designation.

Brenda Lammi, Vice President, Leadership and Professional Development at the CCHL, said, “The CCHL is thrilled to have entered into the Employer Agreement with Kemptville District Hospital.  This agreement represents a dedication and commitment by KDH to lifelong learning and development of its leaders, at all levels of the organization.”

Frank Vassallo, CEO at KDH, said, “KDH is committed to lifelong learning as we realize the immense benefits it brings to one’s working and personal lives. We view lifelong learning as a key factor in staff development. It unlocks the potential of our people, enabling them to succeed in all aspects of their lives, including yielding higher levels of self-motivation and self-confidence”.

This collaboration will also allow for both organizations to better address the constantly evolving needs of health leaders and align themselves with the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework. This framework is a foundation for Canadian health leadership development and defines the knowledge, skills and attitudes a leader must have to positively contribute to the Canadian health care system.



About the Canadian College of Health Leaders

The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) is a national, member-driven, non-profit association. The College strives to provide the leadership development, tools, knowledge and networks that members need to become high impact leaders in Canadian healthcare. Through LEADS, the CHE designation, credentialing, training, conferences, mentoring and a nationwide careers network, we support health leaders in every sector and region, from every professional background and at any stage of their career. Located in Ottawa, the College collaborates with 20 chapters across the country and engages with its 4,000 members and 70 corporate members to promote lifelong learning and professional development while recognizing leadership excellence. For more information about the College, visit:




About Kemptville District Hospital

Located in the Municipality of North Grenville, 60 kilometres south of Ottawa, Kemptville District Hospital is Accredited with Exemplary Standing, the highest ranking bestowed by Accreditation Canada. Committed to building healthier communities, we are a model of hospital-led integrated health services within the provincial health system. Kemptville District Hospital consistently ranks among the top hospitals in Ontario for both patient and employee satisfaction. We pride ourselves on being a good partner within the system. Kemptville District Hospital provides acute care hospital services, advanced orthopaedic care, and primary care management services.

Media Enquiries

Jenny Read, Communications/Patient Relations Officer, Kemptville District Hospital | 613-258-6133 ext. 223 |

Brenda Lammi, Vice President, Leadership and Professional Development, CCHL,
1-800-363-9056 ext. 215 |



To mark World Diabetes Day 2020, November 14, the Diabetes Education & Support Program at KDH would like to take the opportunity to raise awareness about the condition and explain their role in providing patients with the tools they need to live well with diabetes.

Julia Hicks, Diabetes Educator

KDH’s Diabetes Dietitian Educator, Julia Hicks, leading a grocery store tour (pre-COVID) to provide shopping tips for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Thanks to KDH’s Diabetes Dietitian Educator, Julia Hicks R.D., C.D.E., who prepared this article.

Today, more than 11 million Canadians are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. As the number of people with diabetes continues to rise across the world, the role of nurses and other health professional support staff becomes increasingly important in managing the impact of the condition.  People living with diabetes face numerous challenges, and diabetes educators may often be the first – and sometimes only – health professionals with whom a person interacts. As a result, the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment is vital.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the body cannot produce insulin, or when the insulin the body does produce cannot be used effectively.  If left uncontrolled, diabetes results in consistently high blood sugar levels, which can cause damage to organs, blood vessels and nerves.

There are three main types of diabetes:

Type 2 Diabetes is the most common diagnosis and occurs when there is insufficient insulin production and/or insulin resistance.  In some cases, Type 2 diabetes can be managed with healthy eating and regular exercise alone, but it may also require medications or insulin therapy. Roughly 90 percent of people living with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease and is also known as insulin-dependent diabetes.  People with Type 1 diabetes are unable to produce their own insulin because their body is attacking the pancreas.  As a result, insulin injections or use of an insulin pump is required for people with Type 1 diabetes.  Approximately 10 percent of people living with diabetes have Type 1 diabetes.

A third type of diabetes, known as Gestational Diabetes, occurs during pregnancy and is usually temporary.  Between three and 20 percent of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes, depending on their risk factors.  A diagnosis of gestational diabetes may increase the risk of developing diabetes later in life for both the mother and child.

In addition, Pre-diabetes is another important diagnosis; this is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes.  The progression of pre-diabetes to Type 2 diabetes can in some cases be prevented or delayed with healthy eating and regular exercise.

Upon diagnosis of diabetes, it is common for people to feel overwhelmed.  They may wonder, what happens now?  What foods can I eat?  Will I need insulin or other medications?  Am I at risk for other health problems? There is a lot of information out there, some reliable, and some not.  Meeting with a diabetes educator – often a nurse or dietitian with specialized training – is the most effective way for people to get the support they need, including guidance on how to:

  • develop healthy eating and activity goals;
  • achieve and maintain a healthy weight;
  • test your blood sugars;
  • recognize the signs and symptoms of high or low blood sugars and what to do about it;
  • take medications if required;
  • monitor your eyes and feet to catch problems early, and
  • reduce your risk of complications.

Here is some of the recent feedback from patients who have participated in the KDH Diabetes Education & Support Program:

“I am touched by the attention to details and the knowledge that you offered.  It seems my biggest challenge will be exercise and nutrition.  But I am committed to make changes to have an improved and more productive life.”

“Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today and for your email.  I really appreciate the education you provided and how you made the information literally easy to ‘digest’.”

“Thank you for your dietary recommendations! With smart shopping and planning ahead I feel like I am able to enjoy my food and make healthy choices at the same time.  I don’t feel like I am missing anything and I feel like my choices are sustainable long-term. Your support and kind words mean a lot!”

“Thank you for your guidance.  I am actually looking forward to my next blood work as I think my doctor will be pleasantly surprised with my results!”

KDH’s Diabetes Education & Support Program is led by a Diabetes Dietitian Educator and a Diabetes Nurse Educator who take pride in providing patients with the tools they need to live well with diabetes.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the KDH Diabetes Education & Support Program is available (virtually) for patients with pre-diabetes and diabetes who require assistance.  The clinic is currently closed to outpatient visits; however, education can be provided via email or phone.  Services are free and we accept both self-referrals and family doctor referrals.  To inquire more about the KDH Diabetes Education & Support Program call 613-258-6133 extension 289.