The BUZZ June 2016
ARE YOU IN NEED OF A DOCTOR OR NURSE PRACTITIONER?
Message from NS Health Authority:
Healthcare providers in Lunenburg/Queens Counties will be gradually taking new patients. To help facilitate this process, people who do not have a Family Doctor or Nurse Practitioner are encouraged to add their names to a database of people in need of a healthcare provider.
If you DO NOT currently have a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner or are travelling outside of Lunenburg/Queens Counties for care, you can do one of the following to put yourself and/or your family members on the database.
Call 902-527-1549 or 1-844-226-6517 toll free and leave your name, phone number and the names of any other people living at the same address who are looking for a healthcare provider.
Your name(s) will be added to a database and you will be contacted when/if space becomes available.
Please Note: Having your name in the database does not guarantee that you will be a patient of a healthcare provider. You are not considered a patient until you have had an appointment with a healthcare provider. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.
CHASE the ACE
Just a reminder: if you purchase a winning Chase the Ace draw ticket it is not necessary to attend the Wednesday card selection process at the Chester Legion!
A WINNER EVERY WEDNESDAY!
June 1st jackpot could hit $20,000
You do not have to create a PayPal account to order tickets online. Click the “Order Tickets Online Now” button and follow the prompts to the end. You will be able to pay directly by credit card.
The 3rd ANNUAL OHC YARD SALE on Saturday April 30th was a resounding success! A huge thank you to all the OHC volunteers who helped out. Over $1,600.00 was raised
Our Health Centre
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday June 22nd 2016
Royal Canadian Legion, Chester
Everyone is encouraged to become a member of OHC and to work together for improved health care for our communities.
Heartfelt thanks to one of OHC`s founders and ongoing volunteers - Joy Calkin Joy became involved as the leader of a small committee of volunteers back in 2007, with a goal of working towards improving the healthcare and ultimate health outcomes of the people in our communities. From this initiative and her countless hours of work “Our Health Centre” Association evolved.
Joy had an illustrious career in nursing, organizational science and academic leadership. She moved from pediatric nursing to professor to Dean of Nursing, to Vice President (academic) to CEO of an international health care service organization. Her education was extensive and her accomplishments countless. Joy also received an Honorary Degree from UNB in recognition of all these accomplishments
When she arrived back in Chester to semi-retire she took an interest in everyone and every issue that came up. Nothing was too large or too insignificant for her to listen intently. Her care and concern for the health of our people became evident very quickly.
Her committee undertook long term planning for expected changes in population health, changes that would be inevitable in primary health care delivery and programming and education to prevent and also manage chronic conditions that were part of those changes. She also was enthusiastic about teaching and involving young health care professionals in what we planned.
Joy’s love for people and her extensive knowledge of healthcare paved the way for what has become a reality today- Our Health Centre. With the building well underway –the physical plant will be a reality but Joy’s real passion involves much more than that. Healthier people and healthier communities will need to evolve – collaboration, education, support groups, accessibility, recreation – the work has just begun! OHC continues to count on Joy for motivation, knowledge and guidance.
Thank you Joy for being you and for caring so much! OHC would have never come this far without you!
Our Health Centre extends a sincere thank you to Great West Life, London Life and Canada Life for their financial support of the OHC project. They have been partners who have watched with interest as OHC has taken shape in our communities. Mark Keirstead, Regional Director, Nova Scotia Financial Centre in Halifax, joined Dale Rafuse, resident of Marriott’s Cove and owner of DMR Financial Services, local agent for London Life for a tour of OHC. Mark and Dale were impressed with the progress at OHC and were excited at the prospects this Centre will offer to the citizens of the area. OHC is grateful to London Life for continued encouragement and support
Left to right in photo: Mark Keirstead, Regional Director, Nova Scotia Financial Centre in Halifax; Dale Rafuse, resident of Marriott’s Cove, owner of DMR Financial Services Mahone Bay, local agent for London Life; Gretchen McCurdy, chair Fundraising Committee/Our Health Centre Association; Don Munroe, Chair Our Health Centre Association
Walk-in clinics have a place in Nova Scotia's health-care system but they aren't a panacea for emergency room overcrowding, says a Halifax emergency room specialist.
The NS Health Authority has produced the YouTube video below to explain what they mean when they talk about collaborative care OHC will be a collaborative health center for all – built by its communities, owned and operated by its communities