Beginning Thursday, September 24, 2020 North Grenville residents will have access to a community-based COVID-19 Assessment Centre, located at Bell Hall on Kemptville Campus.

Hours of operation will be from Monday to Friday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre is a collaboration of five community partners: Rideau Crossing Family Health Centre, Leeds, Lanark and Grenville Health Unit, Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service, the Municipality of North Grenville and Kemptville District Hospital.

“I am thrilled that we have been able to pull this assessment centre together so quickly and that our North Grenville residents now have access to testing,” said assessment centre’s Clinical Lead, Dr Suzanne Rutherford, and family physician at Rideau Crossing Family Health Centre.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support that we have received from local residents who want to help out in any way they can. Many of the administrative, nursing and cleaning staff have offered to work on their days off to make this assessment centre a reality. As with any new endeavour, we can expect to have hiccups along the way and we ask that our community be patient as we work to create the most efficient and thorough assessment centre possible,” added Dr. Rutherford.

“As a partner in this initiative, we are pleased to be helping to get the North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre up and running in record time,” said Frank Vassallo, CEO of Kemptville District Hospital. “North Grenville should be proud of this community-based, primary care-driven endeavour,” he added.

“Providing additional testing capacity for our community will allow people who have symptoms, or who have been advised by public health to be tested, an opportunity to do so close to home,” says Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. “This is critical to prevent COVID-19 transmission in our community. Working with community partners has been the key to facilitating testing in this area.”

Testing for COVID-19 will be performed on individuals over the age of two with COVID-19 symptoms and/or close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. Symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

Time-stamped tickets will be given out upon arrival. People are asked to leave campus until their assigned time window to return.

People wishing to be tested are to enter Kemptville Campus from College Road (off County Road 44) where they will be met by assessment centre workers and assigned a time window to return. Prior to that window, they will be directed off the campus by way of Curtis Avenue.

When their time window arrives, they are to turn on to Campus Drive (off Concession Road) and park in P3 (off McPhail Street). There will be signs directing traffic. Assessment Centre clients will only be able to enter the campus from Concession Road if they have time-stamped tickets obtained at the College Road entrance.

This route has been carefully selected to reduce traffic around the schools situated at the Kemptville Campus. Additional security will also be on site to support the flow of cars and people.

“Council has been acutely aware of the need for a COVID-19 testing centre in North Grenville, and are pleased to support this community-based assessment centre,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.

“We appreciate the patience and collaboration of school board partners, families, students and other campus tenants,” added Mayor Peckford.

For more information about the North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre visit www.northgrenville.ca/coronavirus.

For information about COVID-19 symptoms, testing or test results, call the Health Unit at 1-800-660-5853 or visit https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/assessment-testing-results/.

For more information contact:

Jill Sturdy
Corporate Media Relations Officer
Municipality of North Grenville
613-258-9569 ext. 168
jsturdy@northgrenville.on.ca

Susan Healey, Communications Coordinator
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
613-802-0550
susan.healey@healthunit.org

Jenny Read, Communications/Patient Relations Officer
Kemptville District Hospital
613-258-6133 ext. 233
jread@kdh.on.ca

‘Transitions in care’ happen as patients move from one setting to the next. Transitions are times when patients can fall through the cracks and experience setbacks that can result in unnecessary readmissions and complications. A new multi-site evaluation and quality improvement study is hoping to change that.

An alliance of three rural hospitals in Ontario – Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH), Kemptville District Hospital (KDH), and Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) – have received a $196,000 grant to evaluate and improve transitions in care for elderly patients leaving the hospital to go home. The TiC Evaluations Rural Network Study, which will be conducted over the next two years, will gather valuable, real-world information and find solutions for the hospitals and their patients.

“WDMH is proud to lead this research study,” notes Cholly Boland, CEO, WDMH. “As one of WDMH’s strategic priorities, research allows us to always ask why and how we can do better. We want to apply the knowledge we gain for better patient care.”

“The study will have multiple phases using different approaches such as patient, caregiver and care provider surveys, outcome and operational evaluations, and a knowledge translation component,” explains WDMH’s Chief Research Officer Mohamed Gazarin, who is leading the study along with WDMH’s Chief of Staff Dr. Brian Devin.  “The study will involve patient partners, physicians, researchers, front-line staff, and key managers.”

“Research shows that 1 out of 7 patients may be readmitted within 30 days of being discharged from the hospital,” explains Cathy Burke, VP of Nursing and Clinical Services at KDH. “This study will support better outcomes for patients.”

“We are so pleased to be collaborating with WDMH and Arnprior Regional Health,” adds KDH CEO Frank Vassallo, “because it has the potential to help make care more seamless for patients and families in the communities served by all three of our hospitals.”

“We are grateful to the PSI Foundation for their support of this research and look forward to working with other rural hospitals in our region on this important study that will provide insights about how we can enhance the patient experience and outcomes,” adds Dr. Christine Schriver, Chief of Staff, Arnprior Regional Health.

“This study will give our regional group evidence-based findings about the unique healthcare needs of rural communities versus urban communities, which will help inform how we best deliver care,” sums up Eric Hanna, President and CEO, Arnprior Regional Health.

For further information contact:

Jane Adams, Communications Lead, Winchester District Memorial Hospital, T: 613.729.4864, jadams@wdmh.on.ca

Jenny Read, Communications Officer, Kemptville District Hospital, T: 613.258.6133 extension 223, Email: jread@kdh.on.ca

Melissa McDermott, Principal, Melissa McDermott Communications, Arnprior Regional Health, T: 647.201.4427, melissa@melissamcdermott.ca

The Board of Directors of Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is currently seeking candidates to fill the position of Director.

Made up of dedicated volunteers, the KDH Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Hospital and guiding its future in the health system. The Board determines the Hospital’s mission and strategic direction, and supports their advancement. The Board is also responsible for the quality of patient care, and ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation and regulatory obligations.

The KDH Board of Directors is comprised of 12 volunteer members and four ex-officio members. The volunteer members have diverse backgrounds and bring a variety of skills and areas of expertise to the team.

The Board is currently looking for candidates for the position of Director with a commitment to community service and willingness to learn and work in a team environment. Candidates must be interested in helping KDH build healthier communities; residence in the municipality is not a requirement. Previous experience on a non-profit board, especially in the health or social service sector, is an asset. In its selection process the Board will be prioritizing strengths and experience in the following areas: legal matters, home and community care, mental health and addictions, construction, and/or project management. Diversity is also an important factor in the selection process.

A Board member can expect to spend a minimum of 10 to 12 hours per month attending meetings and performing committee work. The current committees of the KDH Board of Directors are Executive Committee, Governance, Fiscal Advisory Committee, Corporate Services, and Quality and Safety Committee.

To apply, please send a letter of interest with CV to lleclair@kdh.on.ca before September 2, 2020, indicating “Board of Directors recruitment” in the subject line.

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

 

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is proud to be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020. Long before the coronavirus was on the radar, we had planned a series of events throughout the year to celebrate our first 60 years. The highlight of the year was to be a Strawberry Social Open House on the hospital grounds on June 27, 2020, the closest Saturday to the anniversary of our Opening Day. Although all of the in-person special events have had to be postponed due to the pandemic, we have switched gears and are delighted to be holding the Open House as scheduled, as a Virtual Open House instead!

The Open House will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 1 to 2 pm. Our program will feature several speakers, including MP Michael Barrett, MPP Steve Clark, and North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford, as well as a short history of KDH provided by our ‘resident historian’, Lynne Clifford-Ward, a new video highlighting our significant milestones, and more. 

Please join us on June 27, 2020 at 1 pm by clicking on this Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/99462440080

UPDATE: Watch our 60th Anniversary Virtual Open House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOJim8mWWwQ&feature=youtu.be

This is a joint message from chiefs-of-staff at hospitals in the Champlain Region

OTTAWA – June 10, 2020 – Hospitals in the Champlain Region are taking a safe, coordinated and gradual approach to increasing scheduled services, which were postponed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. While hospitals and their clinicians are eager to care for as many patients as is safely possible, this measured approach is in line with direction from the provincial government, which acknowledges this process will take weeks and months.

Care teams are reviewing each case individually based on medical need and urgency, ensuring that risks and benefits are properly evaluated before rescheduling the surgery, procedure, diagnostic imaging or clinic appointment that cannot be done virtually. Patients will be contacted as their care can be rescheduled. This increase in service is separate from the ongoing urgent care provided by hospitals throughout the pandemic. Hospitals have also been offering, and will continue to offer, many supports and services virtually throughout the pandemic, such as mental health care and follow-up appointments.

The work of increasing surgeries, procedures and services is being carefully considered and balanced with the potential need to respond quickly in the event of a surge in COVID-19 patients. Hospitals in the region are collaborating to meet the provincial requirements prior to increasing services. Provincial criteria include: a lower-than-average number of patients in hospitals across the region, known as occupancy; appropriate staffing levels; and sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) supply; among other conditions.

We will carefully monitor our care volumes and adjust our plans as needed; decreasing some services again might be necessary if the region’s ability to meet the criteria changes, or COVID-19 activity increases in hospitals. And while some aspects of the patient experience will be different, such as fewer patients in waiting rooms, our teams will continue to deliver safe, high-quality, compassionate care.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts in Ontario may last many months to years. As the region enters this new phase of the pandemic, the ability of hospitals to continue their increase of scheduled services is directly linked to the community’s ongoing efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. As a community, we must continue to be vigilant — following instructions from public health, including proper hand hygiene, physical distancing and masking protocols. This will allow us to avoid future peaks in transmissions, which would lead to decreased levels of service once again.

If anyone is in need of urgent care, we urge them to go to the nearest Emergency Department or contact their family doctor. Hospitals in the region are taking every possible measure to ensure patient and staff safety, and are here to care for everyone in need. Regardless of where care takes place in the region, patient safety is a top priority.

We would like to thank our community for their support and for their efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and we would like to thank all hospital staff, health-care workers, and essential workers throughout the region for their continued hard work and dedication. We will continue to navigate this exceptional time by working together.

Hospitals in the Champlain Region involved in this regional plan:

  • Almonte General Hospital
  • Arnprior Regional Health
  • Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital
  • CHEO
  • Cornwall Community Hospital
  • Deep River and District Hospital
  • Glengarry Memorial Hospital
  • Hawkesbury and District General
  • Kemptville District Hospital
  • Hôpital Montfort
  • Pembroke Regional Hospital
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital
  • Renfrew Victoria Hospital
  • The Royal
  • St. Francis Memorial Hospital
  • The Ottawa Hospital
  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  • Winchester District Memorial Hospital

Media Contact:

Michaela Schreiter, mschreiter@toh.ca

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is delighted to announce that the Municipality of North Grenville has proclaimed June, 2020 as “Kemptville District Hospital Month” in honour of its 60th Anniversary.

The month of June was chosen for this tribute as KDH’s doors officially opened on June 29, 1960. On that day, members of the KDH Auxiliary provided guided tours to more than 2,000 curious visitors. People from all over the region lined up to see what had been described in the Ottawa Citizen as “one of the best designed, most modern hospitals in Canada.”

The community was already very much invested in KDH, not only in terms of the financial donations that had made the construction possible, but also as a result of years of planning and advocacy by a determined group of local volunteers. “This district needs a hospital!” had been their rallying cry.

Over the decades, the hospital and the community have changed and grown side by side, through good times and bad.  When the Great Ice Storm of 1998 hit Eastern Ontario, KDH, with its diesel generators working at full tilt for weeks, provided food, shelter, and a respite from the cold and freezing temperatures. Now, as the community grapples with the ongoing realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, KDH remains a haven of safety and security.

For the North Grenville community, having a hospital close to home is as important now as it’s ever been.

KDH continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the community. A major expansion in 2011, again financially supported by the community, this time through the KDH Foundation’s Lean On Me campaign, resulted in a new Emergency Room, state of the art Operating Rooms and Diagnostic Imaging suite. This was followed shortly after by the inception of KDH’s award-winning hip and knee replacement surgical program. Then in 2017, KDH opened its new clinic wing on the upper level of the hospital, where 4,000 square feet of under-utilized space was modernized to effectively double KDH’s array of outpatient services.

KDH’s further evolution now sees the hospital looking beyond its walls more and more. “I’m proud to say that KDH has become a leader in building and facilitating partnerships among health service organizations in the region with the aim of improving the coordination and integration of care,” said CEO Frank J. Vassallo.  “Current extramural efforts include working with multiple partners to help develop an Ontario Health Team, incorporating a much-needed initiative to increase access for children and youth to mental health and addictions services,” he added.

Long before the coronavirus arrived in North America, KDH had planned a series of events throughout 2020 to celebrate its first 60 years. The highlight of the year was to be a Strawberry Social Open House on the hospital grounds on June 27, 2020, the closest Saturday to the anniversary of Opening Day.

Although all of the special events have had to be postponed due to the pandemic, “We are not going to let the anniversary of our Opening Day go by uncelebrated!” Vassallo stated. The hospital has switched gears and will be holding a Virtual Open House on June 27, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. The program for the Open House will include greetings, videos, and a short history of KDH. The entire community is invited to attend – a link to the online event will be shared widely closer to the date.

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

June 2, 2020 – With the Province’s decision to allow healthcare providers to resume services that had been deferred by COVID-19, hospitals in the Champlain Region are taking a coordinated approach to resuming scheduled surgeries, procedures, and other non-urgent clinical services.

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is working closely with other hospitals in the region to meet the provincial framework before increasing services. The timing of the resumption of services depends on a series of provincial requirements which include –

  • sufficient supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stock on hand;
  • regional availability of acute and critical care beds; and
  • sufficient staff available.​

At KDH, work is underway to meet those requirements so we can begin to gradually and carefully resume some of our services, while ensuring patient and staff safety.

As we begin to resume deferred procedures, we will continue to keep a close eye on the pandemic’s development. While we begin to increase our services, should there be further outbreaks of the virus or positive tests begin to rise, the hospital will need to once again slow down services.

For patients with previously scheduled surgery or clinic appointments, KDH will call them when booking resumes.

If the condition of anyone waiting for these procedures and surgeries has changed over this time, we encourage them to contact their family care provider for assessment.

If anyone is in need of urgent care, we encourage them to come to our Emergency Department.

We understand that the past two months have been stressful for everyone. KDH will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is joining the global “Light It Blue” movement to honour and thank all essential workers in the North Grenville community for their ongoing efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.

Starting this evening, the garden at the front of the hospital will be bathed in the glow of blue floodlights in a tribute to the healthcare professionals and other essential workers who are risking their health every day to keep the community safe and well.

Frank Vassallo, KDH’s Chief Executive Officer, noted that essential workers include first responders, grocery store clerks, bank tellers, people who work in drug stores, at gas stations, real estate agents, taxi drivers, and many more. “All of our essential workers deserve our heartfelt thanks for continuing to show up every day under the threat of being infected with the coronavirus,” he said. “This is just one way we can show our appreciation for their bravery during these unprecedented times.”

“As a small-town hospital with deep community roots, we wanted to honour not just our own staff and physicians on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, but all essential workers who are putting themselves in harm’s way each and every day,” continued Vassallo.

This is a collaborative initiative between KDH and the KDH Foundation, which supports high quality patient care at the hospital by funding priority medical, diagnostic and surgical equipment. The blue lights will illuminate the Foundation’s heart-shaped memorial stone garden and handcrafted pergola.

“We embraced this idea as it gives us an opportunity to honour all essential workers including KDH’s frontline staff, such as nurses, doctors, and other clinical professionals, as well as non-clinical healthcare workers like our housekeeping, maintenance and dietary staff,” said the KDH Foundation’s Executive Director, Joanne Mavis.

She noted that in response to an outpouring of donations from the community the Foundation has established a KDH Staff Support Fund.  Proceeds from this fund will be used to keep the hospital’s frontline and essential workers safe as they care for the community. Donations to this fund can be made online at https://www.kdhfoundation.ca/hospital-wish-list/staff-support-fund.

The “Light It Blue” movement originated in the UK and spread to the United States and United Arab Emirates before being adopted in Canada and elsewhere in the world. Blue lights are illuminating bridges, towers, power plants, football stadiums and other landmarks across the globe every evening to recognize the selfless efforts of frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Kemptville District Hospital Foundation

The Kemptville District Hospital Foundation (KDHF) is the registered charitable organization that supports Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) by fundraising for essential medical equipment that the hospital’s care teams need to care for patients. Government funding alone cannot supply all the equipment needed; KDH depends on the generosity of community donors to fund lifesaving equipment. Community support enabled the hospital to open its doors in 1960 and remains at the heart of KDH. Donations to the KDHF support the skilled and compassionate care that is happening every day inside KDH’s state-of-the-art facility. www.kdhfoundation.ca.

For further information contact:

Joanne Mavis, Executive Director, Kemptville District Hospital Foundation

Tel: 613.258.6133 ext. 185 | jmavis@kdh.on.ca

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 | jread@kdh.on.ca

 

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is bidding farewell to its long-serving Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and VP of Operations, Andrew Pinhey, who has announced his retirement after 29 years at the eastern Ontario hospital.

Starting as an Accounting Payroll Officer in 1991, Pinhey was promoted to Manager of Finance in 1996 and Director of Finance in 2000, before ultimately assuming the role of CFO and VP of Operations in early 2016.

Andrew Pinhey

KDH’s CEO Frank Vassallo thanked Pinhey for his unwavering dedication to KDH and commended him for ably overseeing the financial operations of the hospital during almost three decades of growth and change.

“Over the course of Andy’s tenure,” he said, “KDH evolved from a typical small rural hospital into an integrated health service organization serving the local needs of North Grenville and South Ottawa, while making a contribution to regional health initiatives. During this time the annual budget grew from $6 million to $24 Million, and Andy navigated all the changes exceptionally well.”

“Andy’s retirement marks the end of an era,” Vassallo added, noting that Pinhey was born at KDH, and shared his commitment to the hospital with his father, Harold, who served 12 years on the Board of Directors prior to Andy’s arrival, as well as his mother, Avalon, who has been an active member of the Auxiliary for more than 30 years, and also helped establish the KDH Foundation. “Everyone at KDH wishes Andy all the best in the next chapter of his life,” concluded Vassallo.

Succeeding Pinhey as CFO and VP of Operations will be Marcus Hewitt, who completed the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) program with a specialization in performance management and finance. Hewitt comes to KDH from the Municipality of North Grenville, where he was the Director of Finance. In that role he managed all treasury functions, oversaw long-term financial planning, and led a team of eight professionals. Previously, Hewitt served as Senior Analyst, Financial Planning and Analysis, at Brookfield Renewable.

Marcus Hewitt

Hewitt has a Bachelor of Social Sciences-Economics degree from the University of Ottawa; his licenses and certifications include Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and the Canadian Securities Course from the Canadian Securities Institute.

“We are delighted to welcome Marcus to KDH after an extensive search process,” said Vassallo. “He brings substantive financial skills and experience, strategic thinking ability, and a demonstrated aptitude in creating stakeholder relationships to our organization.”

Hewitt is excited about the opportunity to usher in a new era. “The evolution of KDH and everything it has accomplished around patient-centric care and building healthier communities is very impressive,” he said. “I am honoured to be joining the network of board members, staff, physicians, volunteers, and community partners who work together to make this hospital exemplary!”

Hewitt will take up his duties at KDH in May as the hospital continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Vassallo commented on the timing of the transition: “As we manage through these challenging times, it’s important to maintain clinical and operational continuance, so we will go ahead and manage this transition in our financial leadership in the most thoughtful and respectful way possible.”

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

jread@kdh.on.ca

 

The Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Auxiliary has made the difficult decision to cancel Hey Day 2020, scheduled for June 12thand 13th.    This would have been the historic sixtieth edition of the Auxiliary’s major annual fundraiser for KDH.

“In light of the amount of advance preparation involved and the uncertainty around the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt we needed to make this decision now,” explained Hey Day Convenor, Jolene Stover.

Held annually at the North Grenville Curling Club in Kemptville, Hey Day is one of the largest indoor garage sales in Ontario, attracting legions of bargain hunters, collectors, and treasure seekers. The fundraiser is made possible by its hundreds of dedicated volunteers who come back year after year to help.

Taken in 2018, this photo depicts the volunteers who had helped out at 10 or more Hey Days

“The Auxiliary would like to thank the many volunteers who would have joined us again this year as they always have, and the new volunteers who had already stepped up for 2020,” said Stover.

“We also want to thank the local businesses who would have supported us again with donations of much needed supplies and equipment,” she added. “Without their support, Hey Day would not be the success that it is every year.”

“And finally, we want to thank all of our neighbours, friends and family who have been saving items to donate,” Stover said. “We truly appreciate it and if possible we ask you to tuck them away for next year!”

KDH’s ‘resident historian’, Lynne Clifford-Ward, noted that Hey Day has only been cancelled one other time in its history: this was in 1967 during Canada’s centennial year, when the ageing Kemptville Arena, Hey Day’s home at the time, was demolished. In place of Hey Day that year, the KDH Auxiliary held a mammoth Centennial Garden Party on the campus of the Kemptville Agricultural School. It featured booths with candy, jam and jellies, a baking table and a wedding dress parade.

“It is poignant that this is also the hospital’s sixtieth anniversary year,” Clifford-Ward commented. KDH opened its doors to the public on June 29th, 1960.

All of the funds raised at Hey Day are donated to KDH to be used for the direct benefit of patients. Since its founding in 1959, the KDH Auxiliary has raised well over $1 million dollars for the hospital, thanks in large part to Hey Day’s success year over year.

“It has been a privilege to convene Hey Day for the past few years, Stover stated, “and I will miss the coming together of this amazing community. I am looking forward to the next Hey Day, on June 11thand 12th, 2021, and hope to see you all there!”

For further information, contact Jolene Stover at 613.558.1761.

About the Kemptville District Hospital Auxiliary

The Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Auxiliary plays a crucial role at KDH, providing volunteers for every area of the hospital and raising funds for the direct benefit of KDH patients. The 200-plus members of the KDH Auxiliary give approximately 12,000 volunteer hours to their community hospital annually. Since its founding in 1959, the Auxiliary has donated more than $1 million to KDH through the operation of its coffee bar/gift shop, memorial donations to the Tribute Fund, and several events throughout the year. The Auxiliary’s major fundraising event is Hey Day, a giant garage sale held the second weekend in June. The profits of all Auxiliary activities are used for the direct benefit of KDH patients, primarily through the purchase of essential medical equipment.

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.