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Golden an­niver­sary

The an­niver­sary also hap­pened to co­in­cide with the 75th an­niver­sary of for­mal health care services in the area, which started in 1936 with the open­ing of the prov­ince’s first cot­tage hos­pi­tal, known for half a cen­tury as the Old Per­li­can Cot­tage Hos­pi­tal.

On its 50th an­niver­sary in 1986, the cot­tage hos­pi­tal had its name changed to the Dr. A.A. Wilkin­son Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in recog­ni­tion of the man who served as chief med­i­cal officer for 25 years.

Re­fer­ring to the early days at the cur­rent fa­cil­ity, Lock­yer re­called, “in the be­gin­ning, things were far from smooth, but with much help the tran­si­tion be­came a lot eas­ier.”

Lock­yer also com­mended the fundrais­ing ef­forts of the ladies’ aux­il­iary. The funds have been used toas­sist in the com­fort and care of pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

“ They (aux­il­iary) have and con­tinue to be an es­sen­tial as­set,” she said.

Un­der Eastern Health

The health cen­tre came un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of Eastern Health when the re­gional health au­thor­ity was formed in 2005.

It pro­vides a va­ri­ety of services, in­clud­ing a 24hour emer­gency depart­ment, lab­o­ra­tory and x-ray services, four pa­tient beds, in­clud­ing a pal­lia­tive care bed, chemo­ther­apy and two com­mu­nity health of­fices.

“Health care services in the area have un­der­gone nu­mer­ous changes in three quar­ters of a cen­tury, as ser­vice pri­or­i­ties evolved and tech­nol­ogy ad­vanced,” ob­served Vickie Kamin­ski, pres­i­dent and CEO of Eastern Health.

“ What has re­mained con­stant is the ded­i­ca­tion of health care pro­fes­sion­als and a com­mit­ment to qual­ity ser­vice,” Kamin­ski pointed out.

Pub­lic sup­port

Ge­orge Butt, vice-pres­i­dent of Eastern Health, sug­gested: “Old Per­li­can’s Cot­tage Hos­pi­tal sur­vived longer than many oth­ers in the prov­ince be­cause of strong pub­lic sup­port. Seventy five years later that com­mu­nity spirit is still alive and well, and con­tin­ues to en­hance health care in the re­gion.”

The Eastern Health of­fi­cials were among ap­prox­i­mately 175 peo­ple who turned out at the John Hoskins Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Old Per­li­can later in the even­ing to com­mem­o­rate the oc­ca­sion.

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