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

jread@kdh.on.ca

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: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kemptville-district-hospital-virtual-strategic-planning-workshop-tickets-147660541655

2 –  Complete an online survey: https://survey.alchemer-ca.com/s3/50102904/e2cfa68a7361

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

Email: jread@kdh.on.ca

MEDIA RELEASE:

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 https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/. 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 https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/. Information about local COVID-19 assessment centres is available by visiting https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/assessment-testing-results/

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

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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: https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-ontario-is-responding-covid-19.

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

 

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

lleclair@kdh.on.ca

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: www.cchl-ccls.ca

 

 

 

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 | jread@kdh.on.ca

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

 

 

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.

The newly opened North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre (NGCAC) was conceived, organized, and opened to the public thanks to Rideau Crossing Family Health Centre, Kemptville District Hospital, the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville District Health Unit, the Municipality of North Grenville, and Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service.

To get the site up and running, hospital staff and others from the aforementioned community partnership have been generously volunteering their time. Because this is a grassroots initiative, funding for medical and diagnostic supplies is being provided by the Kemptville District Hospital Foundation. This achievement is a testament to the power of community and coming together for the collective good.

This year, all other 2020 Foundation fundraising events were cancelled except for Catch the Ace, an online progressive raffle. It was able to proceed, and tickets are available online. A portion of the funds raised by Catch the Ace will go towards the NGCAC during these unprecedented times. Purchasing tickets helps support healthcare workers in their ongoing fight against COVID-19.

“This is a priority for the residents of North Grenville and so it is a priority for us,” says Joanne Mavis, Executive Director, Kemptville District Hospital Foundation.

Having opened on September 24, 2020 as a testing facility, the NGCAC added the ability to provide full assessment and treatment on October 7.  “I believe we need this treatment service now more than ever,” said Dr. Suzanne Rutherford, a family physician at Rideau Crossing Family Health Centre and the driving force behind the NGCAC. “Adding this service to the NGCAC will help ensure that people get the treatment they need for respiratory illness while helping keep Emergency Departments available for other emergencies,” she explained.

The Jackpot is now over $3,900 and tickets start at $5.00. Buy your tickets online today at kdhAce.ca.

For more information contact Mary Boucher at mboucher@kdh.on.ca or 613-258-6133 x 157.

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre (NGCAC) in Kemptville will be transitioning to a full assessment and treatment centre while also changing its hours to 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for added convenience.

As a full assessment and treatment centre, the NGCAC will provide assessment by a physician, testing, and treatment for respiratory illness, if required. Patients will be able to access the centre on their own if they meet provincial eligibility requirements, and can also be directed there by their family doctor’s office.

The NGCAC will continue to be open Monday to Friday but is changing its hours from 7 am – 3 pm to 9 am – 5 pm so that it will be able to see more patients. By taking into account family doctors’ office hours, the centre will be able to accommodate patients directed there by their family doctor’s office on the same day. Extending the hours to 5 pm also makes it easier for people coming to Kemptville from Ottawa and the surrounding area to be tested.

“The ability to offer treatment for suspected COVID-19 patients in addition to assessment was always part of the plan,” said the NGCAC’s clinical lead, Dr. Suzanne Rutherford.

Dr. Rutherford is a family physician at Rideau Crossing Family Health Centre in Kemptville and the driving force behind the NGCAC. She has been working closely with her co-lead, Frank Vassallo, the CEO of Kemptville District Hospital (KDH), as well as the other partners in the community-based collaboration: the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, the Municipality of North Grenville, and the Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service.

“I believe we need this treatment service now more than ever as the new school screening guidelines weigh heavily on ‘speak to your healthcare practitioner’ to direct them on whether a test is needed or not,” added Dr. Rutherford.

“Furthermore, adding this service to the NGCAC will help ensure that people get the treatment they need for respiratory illness, while helping keep Emergency Departments available for other emergencies,” she explained.

The NGCAC opened on September 24, 2020 and has been operating very efficiently, according to Vassallo. “With our appointment-based ‘time pass’ system, we are able to see a large volume of patients every day. The system was designed to effectively screen patients, manage capacity and provide safe and ethical access to testing. With our system, we also have the ability to scale up or down quickly by adjusting our hourly rate of patients tested depending on community demand, a localized outbreak and/or Ministry guidance.”

On behalf of all the partners, Vassallo expressed thanks to the KDH Foundation, which has purchased the equipment necessary for the transition to a full assessment and treatment centre. “This speaks to the generosity of the North Grenville community, which continues to show its support through the KDH Foundation for healthcare workers in their ongoing fight against COVID-19,” he said.

“The assessment and treatment centre will provide increased capacity in our community in response to potential exposure of COVID-19, and we thank all those who have gone above and beyond to make this centre a reality,” said North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford.

Fast Facts about the North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre

  • Location: 15 Campus Drive (Bell Hall on the Kemptville Campus), Kemptville, ON
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm beginning October 7, 2020
  • Who can be tested: Provincial guidance released September 24, 2020 states that people in Ontario should only seek testing at assessment centres if they: are showing COVID-19 symptoms; have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by their public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app; are a resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by their local public health unit; and are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care. For details visit covid-19.ontario.ca
  • How it works: see https://www.kdh.on.ca/patient-visitor-info/covid-19-updates/north-grenville-covid-19-assessment-centre/.

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.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

O: 613.258.6133 x 223 | C: 613.914.0195

Email: jread@kdh.on.ca

The North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre will be open as per normal on Monday, October 5, 2020 and onwards.

The Assessment Centre is located at 15 Campus Drive, Kemptville (30 minutes from South Ottawa, 35 minutes from West Ottawa) and is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 3pm.

Here is how it works:

Step 1: Arrive to the Kemptville Campus soccer field entrance at County Road 44 and College Drive – there is plenty of signage as you arrive to direct you.

Step 2: You will be met in your car by Assessment Centre staff, who will determine your eligibility for testing. Whoever is eligible will receive a registration form to be completed and an appointment window that we call a TIME PASS. The time pass will have an allocated time window to return, i.e., 9am to 10am.

Step 3: Present to 15 Campus Drive (Bell Hall) at your appointed time (entrance across from Kemptville District Hospital). As you enter the campus you will be met by a security guard who will direct you to the parking lot after you present your time pass.

Step 4:  Enter the Bell Building, register and get your test.

The North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre has been working with this time pass system since Day 1. Designed to manage capacity and provide safe and ethical access to testing, the system works very efficiently. For more information see https://www.kdh.on.ca/patient-visitor-info/covid-19-updates/north-grenville-covid-19-assessment-centre/or call 613.258.6133 extension 223.

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 7am to 3pm. 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. Visit website. 

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

613.258.6133 x 223 | jread@kdh.on.ca