New health co-op should open in spring

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

on the project. Work­shops on health top­ics such as blood pres­sure and nu­tri­tion will also take place at the cen­tre. “Our main goal is preven­tion of dis­ease and health prob­lems,” said Ms. Mooney.

One doc­tor from the area has al­ready been found to work one day a week at the clinic but a sec­ond is needed. “We have two other doc­tors com­ing to take a look at the clinic in the next two weeks.” Two nurses and a re­cep­tion­ist have also been found.

Over seven hun­dred and fifty peo­ple have be­come mem­bers of the much an­tic­i­pated clinic, most com­ing from Ayer’s Cliff and the neigh­bour­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. In fact, any­one can be­come a mem­ber, re­gard­less of where they live. “I want to stress that it is a pub­lic health co­op­er­a­tive. Even though we have mem­bers, if some­one were to come to the clinic with an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion, our doc­tor would see them. Our doc­tors will still be work­ing un­der the Canada Health Act,” Ms. Mooney ex­plained.

Presently, there are about forty health co­op­er­a­tives in Que­bec, the clos­est be­ing in East­man. “They are usu­ally lo­cated in ru­ral ar­eas where there can be a short­age of doc­tors. One opened in Rox­ton Pond in 2009 and it now has 4,800 mem­bers and a thou­sand on a wait­ing list. They are very popular and are re­liev­ing the emer­gency rooms in nearby hos­pi­tals,” said Ms. Mooney.

The health cen­tre got a big boost to its fundrais­ing cam­paign last week with the an­nounce­ment of a grant of $45,000 from the two lo­cal Caisses es ardins, erts Som­mets and Lac Mem­phrem­a­gog. “We’ll get $25,000 the first year and then the rest of the money in the fol­low­ing two years to help us with our start-up costs. We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate all the support from the com­mu­nity. We have re­ceived do­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als, Ayer’s Cliff com­pa­nies, and the Mem­phrem­a­gog CLD gave us $25,000. We still have to buy ex­am­i­na­tion ta­bles, di­ag­nos­tic kits, and we plan to go with an elec­tronic record-keep­ing sys­tem. That will be costly,” said Ms. Mooney. Tax re­ceipts can be is­sued to any­one mak­ing a do­na­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to be­come a mem­ber you can visit the web­site at www.csvm.ca or call 819 838-1082 and leave a mes­sage.

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