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The latest edition of the Our Future Newsletter is now available! The May 2023 issue provides a Project Team update, an introduction to Alex Sullo, information on Medical Daycare and photos from Municipal Councillor tours of the site.
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Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Marks Official Opening of Medical Daycare at Wallaceburg Site with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
CHATHAM-KENT: March 2, 2023 — Today Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) celebrated the opening of its Medical Daycare service in a newly renovated space at the Wallaceburg Site with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Today’s opening of Wallaceburg’s Medical Daycare space reaffirms our commitment to our Mission of One Team – Two Sites: Serving Chatham & Rural Kent,” said Lori Marshall, President and CEO. “We are another step closer in our journey to redeveloping this site to serve the surrounding community and are pleased with the progress made thus far.”
Medical Daycare at the Wallaceburg Site offers outpatient appointments for iron infusions, blood product transfusions, phlebotomy and minor procedures, providing patients with a comfortable space to receive treatment. This newly renovated space will also be able to support expanded services, which will include Urology clinics and small procedure Surgical clinics. Funding for the Medical Daycare renovation project was provided by the provincial government’s Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).
“CKHA’s Medical Daycare service offers outpatient appointments for infusion therapy and minor procedures, and typically services oncology patients, obstetric patients and patients referred by their family physician,” said Dr. Pervez Faruqi, Chief of Staff, CKHA. “We are pleased to open this updated and modern space which will enhance the delivery of safe, high quality care at this site.”
To meet the needs of health care delivery for years to come, CKHA has assembled a comprehensive redevelopment plan for its Wallaceburg Site. The Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment Project will see a modernized health care facility for the community, anchored by a 24/7 Emergency Department, 6 Medicine Beds including a Palliative Care Bed, Diagnostic Imaging (X-ray and Ultrasound) and Laboratory services.
“CKHA’s Wallaceburg Site plays an important role in local healthcare for Wallaceburg and the communities which surround it. The newly renovated Medical Daycare area will offer patients and families a modern, comfortable space to receive treatments and procedures,” said Mary Lou Crowley, President and CEO, CKHA Foundation. “We look forward to partnering with CKHA to help revitalize this site and build a strong foundation for local healthcare in the Wallaceburg area.”
To stay up to date on the progress of the Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment project and sign up for the newsletter, please visit www.OurHospitalOurFuture.com for more information.
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
CHATHAM-KENT: December 1, 2022 — Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is pleased to announce that the Wallaceburg Site Emergency Department entrance has reopened as of December 1, 2022 at 10 a.m.
All patients and families visiting the Wallaceburg Site Emergency Department are now able to resume parking in the Emergency Department parking lot and are asked to enter through the Emergency Department entrance, which can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via Dora Drive. All patients and visitors accessing Diagnostic, Medicine, Ambulatory Care, Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), and Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine (RAAM) services are advised to continue using the main entrance doors facing Margaret Avenue. Patients and visitors using these services may continue using the front parking lot. The main entrance doors are open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Between 6 p.m. – 6 a.m., all patients and visitors must enter the hospital through the Emergency Department entrance doors.
As part of the organization’s Replacement Power Plant Project at this site, the Emergency Department entrance and waiting room were closed to allow for renovations to connect the new power plant to the existing facility. As part of that work, the Emergency Department waiting room was updated with an enlarged space.
“We’re pleased to complete these renovations and provide an updated waiting area for our patients and their families,” said Lori Marshall, President and CEO, CKHA. “With the recent completion of our Replacement Power Plant Project at this site, and as we prepare to submit our Stage 2 Functional Plan documents to the Ministry of Health later this month, we continue to set the stage for our comprehensive redevelopment plan of this site.”
CKHA wishes to thank its patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians for their patience as this construction took place.
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Offers Community Engagement Opportunity for Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment
CHATHAM-KENT: November 7, 2022 — Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is pleased to announce the recent launch of the official name and branding of the Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment project – “Our Hospital Our Future: Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment”.
Following the announcement of the project name and branding, CKHA has created a community initiative to encourage residents of Chatham and Rural Kent to engage in the Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment project.
CKHA is encouraging community members to consider the question, “What does ‘Hospital’ mean to you?” Residents of the Chatham-Kent community that are interested in participating in this engagement opportunity are asked to visit www.OurHospitalOurFuture.com to submit a response to the question. This information can be found on the homepage of the website as well as under ‘Community Engagement’.
The Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment project is currently in Stage 2: Functional Program of the Capital Planning Process. This Functional Program consists of a thorough review of the workload, staffing, and volumes of the proposed Emergency Department and Medicine beds, Diagnostic Imaging, and Laboratory, to determine a detailed list of space requirements. The Functional Program is set to be submitted to the Ministry of Health by the end of this year.
For more information and to follow along with the progress of the Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment project, please visit www.OurHospitalOurFuture.com.
CHATHAM-KENT: September 8, 2022 — Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is pleased to announce the community volunteers who will sit on the organization’s newly established Building Community Advisory Committee to inform the next stage of planning and design for the Wallaceburg Site. The committee reports to CKHA’s Board of Directors and is a two-way communication forum that includes individuals from the community, the hospital and other interested stakeholders.
“To meet the needs of health care delivery today and into the future, a comprehensive redevelopment plan has been assembled for this site. We are so pleased to welcome our community volunteers to this advisory committee; their valuable input and foresight will inform our plan as we progress through this next stage,” said Lori Marshall, President and CEO, CKHA.
Representing the Wallaceburg area are volunteers Jeff Wesley and Dr. William Currier. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Wesley has served in volunteer roles for various hospital and health care committees. His previous roles include Director and Chair of the former Sydenham District Hospital Board; Director, CKHA Board; Director, CKHA Foundation; and Chair of the Save Our Sydenham Committee. As a former councillor for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Mayor for the Town of Wallaceburg, Mr. Wesley has extensive experience working with multiple stakeholders and community members in the Wallaceburg area. For 34 years, he served as Manager of Municipal Relations (Major Projects Group) at Union Gas and since 2018, has practiced law at Anderson Law Group. Mr. Wesley is also a Director for Infrastructure Ontario, a role he has held since 2019.
Dr. William Currier is a licensed health care practitioner and has been the owner/operator of Currier Chiropractic in Wallaceburg since 1987. As a lifelong resident of Wallaceburg, Dr. Currier has developed strong working relationships within the community through roles on several municipal boards. His previous municipal volunteer roles include Chair of the Wallaceburg Community Task Force and Chair of the Wallaceburg Water Commission. Dr. Currier also served as Chair of the professional group for the former Sydenham District Hospital fundraising campaign, for the town of Wallaceburg in the early nineties. Additionally, Dr. Currier has been actively involved in the Ontario Chiropractic Association throughout his career. His team building skills and community-minded approach will be a valuable asset to the committee.
Representing health care professionals from the community who may refer patients to the Wallaceburg Site is Kristen Campbell. Ms. Campbell was born and raised in Lambton County, and continues to reside there. She attended Western University in 2000, completing her BScN in 2004. As a registered nurse, she worked in Long-Term Care as well at CKHA on the former Complex Continuing Care unit at the Wallaceburg Site. In 2006, Ms. Campbell enrolled in the RN(EC) program at University of Western Ontario, successfully completing the program in 2008. Following this, she began working as a nurse practitioner (NP) in the Emergency Department (triage) at CKHA as well as the Complex Continuing Care unit. In 2011, Ms. Campbell started working at the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centre (CKCHC) where she continues to be employed today.
Representing Walpole Island First Nation is Faye Johnson. Ms. Johnson is from Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation) and is currently the Governance Manager with Walpole Island First Nation. She travelled to Brantford/Six Nations where she gained over 21 years of experience working with adult learners to overcome learning challenges, championing resourcefulness, motivation and drawing out individual strengths to help learners be successful in their chosen field. She is an avid promoter of skilled trades through Indigenizing the lens to find compatibility and similarities in learning as well as working with employers to understand their Indigenous employees. For many years, Ms. Johnson has volunteered with an Urban Indigenous Board of Directors to engage Indigenous youth to reconnect with their culture, and enhance their education and skills training to find meaningful employment.
“Mr. Wesley, Dr. Currier, Ms. Campbell and Ms. Johnson bring vast knowledge and experience to our advisory committee. These applicants successfully reflected their interest in the hospital and health care, and their ability to connect with the community about local and rural health care issues. We look forward to welcoming them to our committee,” said Jack Caroll, CKHA Board Member and Chair, Building Community Advisory Committee.
Please visit www.askckha.com for more information on CKHA’s Building Community Advisory Committee and the Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment Project.
Fannie Vavoulis, Director, Communications
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance