TADH marks 25 years

Hos­pi­tal un­veils hon­our board to ac­knowl­edge physi­cians who have served the com­mu­nity

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - FRONT PAGE - LEN GILLIS

While there are still peo­ple in Tim­mins who might still think of Tim­mins and Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal as the new hos­pi­tal, the re­al­ity is that TADH cel­e­brated its 25th an­niver­sary on Fri­day.

It was 25 years ago, back in No­vem­ber 1993 that TADH, then re­garded as the new­est and most mod­ern hos­pi­tal in North­ern On­tario opened its doors at 700 Ross Ave. It was built to re­place the com­bined ser­vices of Por­cu­pine Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and St. Mary’s Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

“I had only been in Tim­mins for about year when the new hos­pi­tal opened,” said hos­pi­tal board chair Mag­gie Matear dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion on Fri­day.

“It’s funny, you can al­ways tell how long peo­ple have been here be­cause they still call it the new hos­pi­tal,” she added.

Matear said she had moved to Tim­mins from Yel­lowknife and was suit­ably im­pressed that the res­i­dents of Tim­mins had raised more than $11 mil­lion as the pub­lic con­tri­bu­tion to get the hos­pi­tal built.

“That was just so re­mark­able to me and I guess it was the first hint of my un­der­stand­ing of what the role of this hos­pi­tal is in this com­mu­nity,” said Matear.

“I think it’s a tes­ta­ment to how much our com­mu­nity rec­og­nizes and ap­pre­ci­ates the hos­pi­tal, and we con­tinue to see this through the role of the Foun­da­tion and the Aux­il­iary.”

matear also said the job of the hos­pi­tal board is not to man­age the hos­pi­tal but to make sure the hos­pi­tal is man­aged and op­er­ated ef­fec­tively.

“i can say with con­fi­dence that tim­mins has an ex­cep­tion­ally well-man­aged and well-op­er­ated hos­pi­tal. We’re very for­tu­nate,” said matear.

She said this is hap­pen­ing de­spite the con­stantly evolv­ing and very chal­leng­ing fi­nan­cial en­vi­ron­ment for hos­pi­tals in on­tario.

an­other rea­son for the cel­e­bra­tion was to ac­knowl­edge the ef­forts of the physi­cians, past and present, who have served the hos­pi­tal and the com­mu­nity over the years.

matear said as board chair she of­ten sees let­ters from pa­tients and mem­bers of the pub­lic who ex­press ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the work of the physi­cians. She said she agreed.

“our physi­cians take care of us, and our loved ones, dur­ing very dif­fi­cult times. they’re here when we need them. Whether it’s two o’clock in the morn­ing or Christ­mas day, they prac­tise their art with pro­fes­sion­al­ism and con­fi­dence and com­pas­sion,” she said.

“Just as im­por­tantly they do so with­out judge­ment. and you think about what a rare and ex­tra­or­di­nary thing that is; to know that we can trust some­one to help us when we are at our weak­est and most vul­ner­a­ble mo­ments, not only with their skills, but also with their hu­man­ity.”

matear said she was pleased, on be­half of the hos­pi­tal board, to ex­tend ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the city’s physi­cians.

“i want to thank you for your ef­forts and your ded­i­ca­tion to our com­mu­nity,” she said.

She ex­plained that an­other part of the cel­e­bra­tion was a for­mal trib­ute to the cur­rent and past physi­cians who are serv­ing and have served at the hos­pi­tal and in the com­mu­nity at large.

dr. larry malo out­lined how a group at the hos­pi­tal got to­gether a few years back to cre­ate a lo­cal plaque to specif­i­cally hon­our the physi­cians. he said the idea was born to cre­ate a cou­ple of large boards to be in­stalled in the hos­pi­tal’s main prom­e­nade, where the names of each doc­tor would be en­graved on a small metal plate.

“those are ba­si­cally ac­knowl­edge­ments of physi­cians who are cur­rently work­ing in the hos­pi­tal, and recog­ni­tion for the physi­cians who have gone be­fore us,” he said.

malo gave credit to dr. ed Smith who he said was fa­nat­i­cal with his record keep­ing over the years and had bun­dles of doc­u­ments con­tain­ing the names and back­ground in­for­ma­tion on scores of lo­cal physi­cians.

he said that was com­bined with a book cre­ated a few years ago by the Por­cu­pine med­i­cal So­ci­ety. he said that al­lowed for the cre­ation of a com­pre­hen­sive list of physi­cians go­ing back to the early 1900s.

malo said one thing that oc­curred to him is that many of the older physi­cians even­tu­ally be­came pa­tients at the hos­pi­tal them­selves, yet they re­mained un­known. he said this hap­pened with a close friend.

“it struck me then, and it has struck me since then, on other oc­ca­sions when some of our older col­leagues have ad­mit­ted that many of the peo­ple that work in this hos­pi­tal don’t know who they are. you know that just doesn’t seem right, or good,” said malo.

“th­ese are physi­cians and sur­geons who spent so many hours of their lives who made such sac­ri­fices from fam­ily to be here and to serve the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“it is a way for us to say thank you to that group,” he said. later in the cer­e­mony, malo un­veiled the new hon­our boards lo­cated in the hos­pi­tal’s main prom­e­nade, next to the lec­ture room.

also speak­ing to the group was mPP Gilles bis­son (NdP — tim­mins) con­grat­u­lated the hos­pi­tal and es­pe­cially the many work­ers who keep the hos­pi­tal work­ing day af­ter day.

“run­ning a hos­pi­tal isn’t easy. it’s about a lot of peo­ple. it’s about ad­min­is­tra­tion, it’s about the docs, it’s about the nurses, it’s about the clean­ers, it’s about the peo­ple in di­etary, it’s across the en­tire spec­trum that makes a hos­pi­tal run,” said bis­son.

he added that he could only ad­mire the staff for work­ing to make tadh as user friendly as pos­si­ble and said he spoke from his own ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack four years ago.

bis­son also said the staff has al­ways been pro­fes­sional, de­spite the fact some peo­ple might get up­set if the wait is too long to get into emer­gency.

bis­son said he un­der­stood that pa­tients and fam­ily might get up­set and feel they have not been well served on oc­ca­sion. he said as the mPP he has al­ways found ad­min­is­tra­tion and the staff pro­fes­sional and help­ful on those oc­ca­sions when he was called to in­ves­ti­gate a com­plaint about the level of ser­vice.

With that bis­son ex­pressed his con­grat­u­la­tions on be­half of the Queen’s Park leg­is­la­ture as well as on be­half of mP Char­lie an­gus (NdP — tim­mins-James bay) and he pre­sented con­grat­u­la­tory cer­tifi­cates to the hos­pi­tal.

a sim­i­lar trib­ute was voiced by Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Nancy mageau who pre­sented a cham­ber mile­stone plaque to the hos­pi­tal.

LEN GILLIS/THE DAILY PRESS

Physi­cian Dr. Larry Malo un­veiled a new hon­our board at the Tim­mins and Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal (TADH) that pays trib­ute to cur­rent and past physi­cians who have served ei­ther at the hos­pi­tal or in the com­mu­nity at large. Malo said the hard work of too many of the city’s physi­cians has been or ig­nored or for­got­ten only be­cause no ef­fort was made to pro­vide a pub­lic trib­ute. The new hon­our boards were un­veiled Fri­day as part of the cel­e­bra­tion of the 25 an­niver­sary of the hos­pi­tal which of­fi­cially opened in 1993.

Len GiLLis/The Daily Press

Mag­gie Matear said as board chair of Tim­mins and Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal, she of­ten sees let­ters from pa­tients and mem­bers of the pub­lic who ex­press ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the work of the physi­cians.

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