The Li­moges Health Hub is now open to eve­ryone

Le Reflet (The News) - - LA UNE - ALEXIA MARSILLO alexia.marsillo@eap.on.ca

No one in Li­moges was sca­red of Fri­day the 13th. That was plain to see as area re­si­dents, di­gni­ta­ries and others ga­the­red to mark the of­fi­cial grand ope­ning of the new Li­moges Health Hub.

The Li­moges Health Hub (LHH) is a one-stop shop for a va­rie­ty of com­mu­ni­ty health ser­vices, in­clu­ding a Den­tal Centre, a Guar­dian Phar­ma­cy, the Pres­cott-Rus­sell Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices, the Centre de san­té com­mu­nau­taire de l’Es­trie and the NA­TION Health Centre. The Li­moges Health Hub has been an on­going pro­ject for the past six years and has meant count­less hours for mem­bers of the Li­moges Health Hub Vo­lun­teer Com­mit­tee.

“It has been a long time in the plan­ning and I am ve­ry plea­sed to see this dream be­come a rea­li­ty,” said Shir­ley Ra­cine, pre­sident of the Li­moges Health Hub Vo­lun­teer Com­mit­tee. “I am confi­dent that the re­si­dents of Li­moges and our neigh­bou­ring com­mu­ni­ties will em­brace these ser­vices.”

The Health Hub is al­rea­dy ser­ving a couple hun­dred pa­tients through all of its ser­vices and more clients are ex­pec­ted in the ve­ry near fu­ture. Saint Jo­seph De­ve­lop­ments built and owns the Li­moges Health Hub, with the me­di­cal prac­tices ser­ving as te­nants. The Hub is 15,000 square feet, has three floors, state-of-the-art equip­ment, and cost about $5.5 mil­lion to construct. The vo­lun­teer com­mit­tee set a goal to fun- draise for $170 000, which would co­ver the amount nee­ded to fur­nish and equip the Health Centre. Ha­ving al­most rea­ched that goal, it is es­ti­ma­ted to be com­ple­te­ly rea­ched in the next few weeks.

The first floor of the Li­moges Health Hub contains the Guar­dian Phar­ma­cy and The Den­tal Centre. The Den­tal Centre cur­rent­ly has two den­tists: Dr. Anas­ta­sia Tour and Dr. Chan­tal Plant, and one den­tal hy­gie­nist, Jo­sée Greaves, on staff. The Den­tal Centre is equip­ped with state-of-the-art equip­ment that places op­ti­mal ste­ri­li­za­tion as its prio­ri­ty. The Guar­dian Phar­ma­cy is al­so of­fi­cial­ly open for bu­si­ness and has two phar­ma­cists on du­ty: Ca­mil La­palme and Todd Ri­chard­son.

The se­cond floor is home to the of­fices of the Centre de san­té com­mu­nau­taire de L’Es­trie and the Pres­cott-Rus­sell Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices. The Centre de san­té has two re­gis­te­red nurses, a re­gis­te­red nurse prac­ti­tio­ner, a fa­mi­ly phy­si­cian, a health pro­mo­ter and ki­ne­sio­lo­gist, a men­tal health coun­se­lor and a re­gis­te­red die­ti­cian at hand. The Pres­cottRus­sell Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices will be col­la­bo­ra­ting on pro­jects with the Centre de san­té and will al­so be run­ning its own “Meals on Wheels” pro­ject.

The Na­tion Health Centre is on the third floor and there are cur­rent­ly four doc­tors, with a fifth ex­pec­ted in No­vem­ber, who are ac­cep­ting pa­tients, and three more will join the team by 2018. At full ca­pa­ci­ty and at full staff with eight doc­tors, the Health Cli­nic will be able to treat about 10,000 pa­tients. They will be ac­cep­ting pa­tients from all areas of Pres­cott-Rus­sell, from Haw­kes­bu­ry to Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land, Em­brun, and beyond. The Health Centre al­so has phy­si­cal the­ra­pists, men­tal health coun­se­lors, die­te­tics and nu­tri­tion spe­cia­lists, speech lan­guage the­ra­pists, and a cer­ti­fied foot care nurse on hand.

A few hun­dred people from the com­mu­ni­ty were present for the of­fi­cial ope­ning ce­re­mo­ny and rib­bon-cut­ting, in­clu­ding The Na­tion Mayor Fran­çois St-Amour, the Li­moges Coun­cil­lor Fran­cis Brière, MP Fran­cis Drouin for Glen­gar­ry-Pres­cott-Rus­sell, and John Fra­ser, par­lia­men­ta­ry as­sis­tant to the Mi­nis­ter of Health and MPP for Ot­ta­wa South, among­st others.

—pho­to Alexia Marsillo

Avant et après la coupe du ru­ban qui mar­quait l’ou­ver­ture of­fi­cielle du Car­re­four san­té de Li­moges, le ven­dre­di 13 oc­tobre. Des cen­taines de gens de la com­mu­nau­té étaient pré­sents pour l’ou­ver­ture, y com­pris le maire de la mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té de La Na­tion Fran­çois St-Amour, le conseiller de Li­moges Fran­cis Brière, le dé­pu­té fé­dé­ral de Glen­gar­ry Pres­cott et Rus­sell Fran­cis Drouin, l’as­sis­tant par­le­men­taire du mi­nis­tère de la San­té et dé­pu­té pro­vin­cial d’Ot­ta­wa sud John Fra­ser et plu­sieurs autres.

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