A first in Eastern Ont.

Part­ner­ship be­tween Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal and Queens Univeristy

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - FRONT PAGE - TODD HAMBLETON

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.

TODD HAMBLETON/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

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.

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