A first in Eastern Ont.
Partnership between Cornwall Community Hospital and Queens Univeristy
It’s time to “Adopt a Medical Resident,’’ a partnership between Queen’s University and the Cornwall Community Hospital.
It’s an Eastern Ontario fundraising first, with the hospital’s foundation aiming to raise $135,000 a year, offsetting costs for one licensed physician each academic year for three years (2019-2021) to join the Queen’s Family Medicine-Emergency Medicine (FM-EM) Residency program, with participating doctors signing contracts to work in CCH’s Emergency Department for at least two years after their residency is complete. “We don’t just want them to stay for two years, we want them to (remain) here, build a career here,’’ said Amy Gillespie, the CCH Foundation executive director at the announcement on Wednesday night. “Working with our hospital, Queen’s University and our wonderful community, (the foundation is) proud to bring new medical talent to Cornwall.”
Gillespie called it a good news story on two fronts: the foundation will help bring more doctors to CCH, and all funds raised beyond that yearly goal will go towards purchasing essential medical equipment, “giving (doctors) the tools they need to support local patients.”
The partnership between the Queen’s University School of Medicine and CCH will see Cornwall’s hospital become an official training site of the prestigious FM-EM program, and medical residents will train for six months in Cornwall in addition to time spent at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre and at CHEO.
Following training, participating doctors will stay on at CCH.
“It’ll be very interesting to see how this all plays out,” said Dr. Geoffrey Hodgetts, with the Queen’s Department of Family Medicine – it’s Enhanced Skills Program Director - at the announcement in Cornwall.
Hodgetts said there are 44 applicants for Cornwall specifically, and that “these people are really high performers in their own programs ... we’ll find out in December who we get.”
Said Dr. Joseph Newbigging, the Residency Program Director in the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Queen’s: “Integral to the training of strong residents with emergency medical skills is giving them rich clinical experiences in the community setting, and Cornwall is an ideal community and hospital to provide such exposure.”
To kick off the fundraising efforts, the hospital will match donor funds in 2018-19, allowing the program to secure a total of four new doctors in three years, with on-site training at CCH beginning next July.
“Recruitment of medical staff is competitive,’’ said CCH CEO Jeanette Despatie. “We know we must be steadfast in our goal to attract the very best.’’
The CCH foundation, since it was created in 2004, has had considerable success due to the dedication of a community of volunteers, supporters and donors in the region, helping raise muchneeded funds to provide equipment to the hospital.
Generous donations from the community in recent years has allowed the hospital to have a new west wing that is housing state-ofthe-art emergency and operating rooms as well as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The foundation last spring announced that the fundraising goal of $1.2 million for the Community Addiction and Mental Health Centre had been reached, 10 months ahead of schedule. The centre is an eastern Ontario first, providing services for clients from children to seniors with more easily accessible help.
With Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation executive director Amy Gillespie at Wednesday's Adopt a Medical Resident announcement is Dr. Geoffrey Hodgetts,with the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University. Photo on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, in Cornwall, Ont.