Septem­ber Étoile Santé an­nounced

Doc­tor John Mo­rash praised for his at­ten­tive­ness, re­spect for pa­tients

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The P.E.I. French Health Net­work has an­nounced the Septem­ber Étoile Santé. Doc­tor John Mo­rash is the most re­cent re­cip­i­ent of the ti­tle. De­scribed as a good lis­tener, Mo­rash is also said to be easy to talk to and great at work­ing with the el­derly – al­low­ing him to of­fer im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice, both at the emer­gency de­part­ment and in his Summerside of­fice. The Étoile Santé cam­paign, aimed at pro­mot­ing, re­cruit­ing and mak­ing the pub­lic aware of health pro­fes­sion­als who of­fer French-lan­guage ser­vices on P.E.I. Mo­rash, a fam­ily physi­cian orig­i­nally from Nova Sco­tia, tries to be aware of the slight­est in­di­ca­tion that a pa­tient is Fran­co­phone, and if they are, he speaks to the pa­tient in his or her lan­guage. He com­pleted his de­gree in 2011 and set up prac­tice at the Summerside Med­i­cal Cen­tre in 2015. He also spends a day a week at the Prince County Hospi­tal emer­gency de­part­ment. Mo­rash, whose fa­ther was a French teacher, says he was des­tined to learn the lan­guage. “I’m the only one in my fam­ily who’s not a teacher,” he joked. For Mo­rash, speak­ing French is a way to serve his pa­tients bet­ter. “Canada is a bilin­gual coun­try, so it’s very im­por­tant. Some peo­ple can­not ex­press them­selves in English. If I can speak French, we won’t have to play the tele­phone game; no words will be changed, and we will un­der­stand each other,” he ex­plained. Mo­rash is claim­ing the Étoile Santé ti­tle af­ter be­ing rec­og­nized by a Fran­co­phone Is­lan­der. The woman was deeply af­fected by the ser­vices her par­ents re­ceived from Mo­rash when she took them to the emer­gency de­part­ment be­cause he took the time to ex­plain to the el­derly pa­tient what was caus­ing the pain. “I never for­got his at­ti­tude and the re­spect he had for my par­ents,” the woman said, not­ing that Mo­rash is at­ten­tive to the needs of his clients. Mo­rash’s con­tact in­for­ma­tion can be found in the bilin­gual ser­vice provider di­rec­tory at www. san­te­­toire. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Étoile Santé cam­paign or to nom­i­nate some­one di­rectly on the P.E.I. French Health Net­work’s web­site www.san­


Dr. John Mo­rash.

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