With 80 em­ploy­ees, hos­pi­tal was a ma­jor em­ployer

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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.

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