With 80 employees, hospital was a major employer
When it opened, the hospital had a staff of more than 80, ranking it as one of the largest employers in the area. The administrator was Eric Gale. Director of Nursing Services was Wanda Hitchcock, of Cornwall, who was assistant director of nursing education at Cornwall General Hospital prior to coming here.
Nursing supervisors were Klaasje Oosting, of Bainsville, and Hazel McDonell, of Williamstown, while the head nurses were Pearl MacLeod, of McCrimmon, in charge of the operating room and central supply room, Allie MacLeod, of Laggan, in charge of the out-patient department, Nicole Trudel, of Alexandria, in charge of the obstetrical department, Audrey Wood, of Vankleek Hill, in charge of the medical and surgical unit. Under them were 15 nurses and nursing assistants. Heads of departments: Raymond Charlebois, Alexandria, laundry and housekeeping supervisor Albert Lauzon, Alexandria, maintenance supervisor Gerard Chamberland, Cornwall, kitchen supervisor Claire Lanthier, Alexandria, medical records librarian Stuart McDonald, Alexandria, office supervisor
Basic rate was $26.50 per day
A basic rate of $26.50 per day for ward patients had been set for those covered by hospital insurance.
There was an additional charge of $3 for a semi-private room and $5.50 for private care. Administrator Eric Gale expected that rate to drop. It was “unduly high now because of the fact that the hospital is opening in mid-year and patient incomes is an unknown quantity.”
Hospital serves 50,000 people
Today, Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital (HGMH) is a 37-bed primary care hospital, serving approximately 50,000 residents.
The emergency department sees approximately 25,000 patients annually.