six new doctors join the staff of goderich hospital
Dr. Patrick Conlon welcomed Dr. Phil Neilsen as the newest member to the Psychiatry Team at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital. (Submitted photos)
Six new doctors have joined the roster at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) in Goderich. Dr. T Nicolae, Dr. M Renaud, Dr N Rittenhouse and Dr. Mark Duckworth, in Family Practice; Dr. P Neilsen, in Psychiatry and Dr. Aaron Daters for General Surgery.
Bruce Quigley, AMGH president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said, “We are very pleased to have this group of well qualified and skilled physicians join the Medical Team. AMGH prides itself in providing excellent primary and secondary healthcare services to patients and their families in Huron, Bruce and Perth Counties and these new physicians will play an important role in helping us to maintain that high quality care close to home.”
Dr. Tiffaney Kittmer, AMGH General Surgeon, said “I am truly delighted about the successful recruitment of Dr. Aaron Daters, our new full-time, permanent general surgeon. We received a number of applicants, but Dr. Daters stood out among the rest as someone with a stellar reputation who was keenly interested in serving the rural population and in returning to the area in which he grew up.”
General Surgeon, Dr. Aaron Daters
Dr. Daters quite literally went the extra mile and travelled from Saskatoon to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to do additional training in Cesarean sections, which is a skill that is no longer taught in typical urban general surgical programs yet is vital in rural Ontario, especially in towns where the roads close in the winter!
With the addition of Dr. Daters AMGH can now provide 24/7 access to emergency general surgery and labor and delivery services for the Community. He grew up in Exeter, ON, attending Exeter Public School and South Huron District High School. He went on to university at the University of Western Ontario and graduated in 2008 with an Honors Bachelor of Medical Sciences. He studied medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine at Western and graduated in 2012. During medical school, he decided that he would like to specialize in General Surgery.
Dr. Daters travelled to Saskatoon to complete his residency training at the University of Saskatchewan. While in Saskatoon, he was able to complete his training while being part of various committees, such as the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Saskatchewan and the Undergraduate Surgery Education Committee. Dr. Daters found educating medical students to be very rewarding and he was awarded with the Department of Surgery Bronze Shovel Award for his contribution to undergraduate medical education in 2016. To further his training, Dr. Daters travelled to Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, SK to pursue additional training in Caesarean sections.
Upon completion of his residency training, Dr. Daters happily returned to Huron County to work at AMGH. He looks forward to contributing to the wealth of medical care already in Goderich and providing specialist care within the local community. He will be seeing patients with a wide variety of elective and emergency surgical issues. With his additional training in Caesarean section surgery, Dr. Daters will be joining Dr. Julie Moore and Dr. Tiffaney Kittmer to support the 24/7 obstetrical care available at AMGH.
Dr. Daters feels right at home at AMGH. Staff, nurses and physicians greeted him warmly within the hospital community. He was even welcomed with Culbert’s Bakery’s delicious cream puffs on his first day! Dr. Daters could not be happier to be in Goderich and is looking forward to an exciting career at AMGH.
Gwen Devereaux, Physician Recruitment lead for AMGH noted, “Our surgical department at AMGH is active and going strong - and we thank you all for your continued generous support of our program over the years in the hospital's fundraising endeavors to keep our equipment up-to-date and top notch.
She added, “We are so glad that Dr. Daters has moved to Goderich and joined our surgical team, helping us to continue to provide quality surgical care to you and your loved ones, close to home. Let's give Dr. Daters and his wife Kaley a warm welcome to Goderich.”
“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Phil Neilsen to Huron County. We are fortunate to have an experienced psychiatrist who has interest in general psychiatric practice and local familiarity. He will strengthen our inpatient program in Goderich and enhance our county wide services particularly in the Seaforth area,” said Dr. Patrick Conlon, Chief of Psychiatry at AMGH.
Devereaux is very happy to announce that this is the largest medical team they have attracted to the community.
“It is no secret that our goal for some time has been to make sure all of our people in the region are able to have a family physician. Having another full time psychiatric and surgeon provides increased service to all of our patients. Congratulation to our Community Recruitment Committee, AMGH And Maitland Valley Family Health Team (MVFHT) for their contributions towards this success!” she said.
The MVFHT is pleased to share significant advancements to local primary care at the Maitland Valley Medical Centre including the addition of four new physicians.
Dr. Mark Duckworth and his wife, Kelsey, a Registered Nurse, who is the primary nurse for his practice.
Dr. Mark Duckworth has taken over the former practice of Dr. R. Lal, who retired after many years of dedicated service. Dr. Duckworth graduated from Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine (London campus) and completed his Family Medicine residency with the MVFHT. His wife Kelsey, a Registered Nurse, is the primary nurse for his practice and is providing Women’s Health services with her advanced training. Born and raised in Goderich, Dr. Duckworth and his family are well known in the community. He looks forward to continuing to provide exceptional care to a large family practice, in addition to providing emergency and in-patient care at AMGH.
Dr. Tiberiu Nicolae
A graduate from the Faculty of Medicine at the University in Montreal, Dr. Tiberiu Nicolae joins the Maitland Valley Family Health Team after completing his residency in northern Quebec in 2015. He notes that his experience in providing rural healthcare, before establishing his family practice, makes the Town of Goderich a perfect fit for him. Dr. Nicolae works in the emergency department and provides in-patient care at AMGH while he continues to build his family practice.
Dr. Neil Rittenhouse joined the MVFHT in December of 2016 and is also building his practice while balancing his commitments in obstetrics, the emergency department and providing in-patient care. Dr. Rittenhouse is a graduate of Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine (Windsor campus), and credits his positive experience during his residency with the MVFHTin deciding where he and his wife, Karen, would call home.
Dr. Neil Rittenhouse
Dr. Monique Renaud
Dr. Monique Renaud said, "I have been doing locums for the last two years and have really enjoyed working with the Maitland Valley FHT. It has been great working with Dr Natuik and getting to know her patients and I look forward to being here now on a more permanent basis."
In order to accommodate the growing MVFHT, a new wing of the Maitland Valley Medical Centre became operational in early 2017, with the support of the Town of Goderich.
Lastly, as a result of new team members and a new addition to the Medical Centre itself, the MVFHT is pleased to report that the orphan patient waiting list has been reduced significantly. It is now recommended that patients that have had to seek a physician outside of our community, or do not have a physician, contact the MVFHT at 519 524-6060 Ext. 240 to ensure they secure a place on the patient waiting list.
Gateway a clinical practicum site for nursing students
Gwen Devereaux, preceptor, is shown with students Ally Timmermans (left) and Jolanda Smith. (Submitted photo)
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) was approached in early autumn by Nipissing University to act as a clinical practicum site for nursing students. In September, Bachelor of Science in Nursing students Jolanda Smith and Ally Timmermans joined Registered Nurse (RN) Gwen Devereaux at the CERH offices in Goderich to engage in a 12-week Community Health clinical practicum project. The practicum was so successful that in 2018, two more Nipissing University nursing students will begin their practicum training.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with these nurses,” said RN Devereaux and Vice-President Gateway CERH Board of Directors, who served as the students’ preceptor. “It is always important to introduce health professionals to Huron County with the hope they will return to work in this area. Their project is focused on developing a resource manual while researching the gaps in programs for seniors in this area. This is great work, assisting us as we move forward with developing a regional geriatric program centered in Goderich.”
Smith, from Brussels, ON, has been a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) since 2015. She currently works through Fanshawe College as a Personal Support Worker instructor and at the Fordwich Village Nursing Home. As well, she is a student in the RPN to BScN nursing program through Nipissing University. Smith will be graduating in December 2018.
Timmermans is an RPN who is studying for her BScN to become a Registered Nurse. She graduated from the RPN program at St Clair College in 2012, and has been working for the past five years. She currently works full-time in adult mental health and plans to graduate in April 2018.
“Gateway has been a great resource throughout this placement. The people were very welcoming and informative about the geriatric population in this area. We have enjoyed this placement and are happy to have such a great place for our community assignment,” agreed Smith and Timmermans.
“Our students have a lot to offer because of their experience as Registered Practical Nurses along with the knowledge they are gaining in their Nursing degree program, said Wenda Caswell, Program manager for Nipissing University. “This placement opportunity at Gateway CERH is a ‘win-win’ situation both for our students and for seniors in the local community.”
soups and sweets
St. James’ Church, Middleton presents their Soup and Sweets Luncheon to be held on Nov. 19 after their 11 a.m. service.
The congregation invites everyone to come and join them for delicious homemade soups and desserts about noon. Of course all are invited to come for the worship service as well if they wish.
Those who attend can help make a little one’s Christmas brighter by making a Free Will Offering with all proceeds going to the Huron County Christmas Bureau.
St. James’ is located at the Corner of Tipperary Line and Bayfield Road (77397 Tipperary Line).
The Home4Good Info Hub operates on Monday afternoons at the Bayfield Public Library from 1-3 p.m.
The Hub helps seniors in the Bayfield area find local community services, resources and supports. Volunteers will assist in finding relevant information for daily living, overall health and wellbeing.
To learn more visit: www.home4goodbayfield.ca.
COFFEE & CONVERSATION
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to invite all in the community to join them in some inclusive, neutral conversation over a cup of a hot brew.
“Coffee & Conversation” will be held at the Bayfield Public Library every Wednesday until March from 2-3:30 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for people to meet their neighbors, learn about the village and share their know how with others.
The St. Joseph and Area Historical Society will be hosting a Remembrance Day Service at St. Joseph Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 11.
All are welcome to visit the St. Joseph, ON community for this service starting at 11 a.m.
Harmonies for Hospice
Nov. 24 is the date set for “Harmonies and Harp for Hospice” a concert to be held at Heartland Community Church in Clinton.
The venue located at 52 Victoria Street will host The MacKay Choristers with special guest Vocalist John De Jager and Harpist Mary Ross.
All donations will go to Huron Hospice Volunteer Services.
To learn more contact Tony at 519 482-7116.
November is make a will month and as a survey by Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Co suggests that more than 50 per cent of Canadians do not have a will it couldn’t be a better time to create one.
Anyone with assets, even if it is just a bank account, should have a will. These pieces of paper can protect family, give peace of mind and save on taxes.
The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is hosting a “Will, Estate and Financial Planning Seminar” with a panel of experts at the Huron County Museum in Goderich on Nov. 16.
Both an afternoon and evening session will be held with Colleen Bradley, Chief Development officer, Planned Giving Alzherimer Society of Ontario; Glenn Hayter, accountant, Hayter and Associates Ltd.; and Quinn Ross, lawyer, The Ross Firm.
The afternoon session will run from 2-4 p.m. while the evening seminar will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The event is free. To learn more visit www.alzheimer.ca/huroncounty or reserve a spot by calling 519 482-1482.
stepping out safely
Staying active as you age maintains strength and balance, which is why dancing is one way to prevent falls!
November is Fall Prevention month, and the Health Unit, along with the Huron-Perth Stepping Out Safely (HPSOS) network, encourages residents to try some toe-tapping this month.
“Falls are the number one cause of injury in Huron County, and can lead to fractures, chronic pain, or loss of independence,” said Alycia Kelly, Public Health promoter. “Falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented.”
“Staying active as you age maintains strength and balance, which helps prevent falls,” said Kelly, who is also co-chair of Huron-Perth Stepping Out Safely. “Dancing is a great way to stay active as well as meet new people and have fun.”
There are a variety of activities happening in Huron County that include dance. Check your local event listings on the radio, newspaper, or community bulletin to find out what’s happening in your area.
It can also be as simple as turning on some music at home and moving to the beat. Make sure you have a safe space to dance by following these tips:
• Wear proper footwear
• Use your assistive devices (if needed)
• Have good lighting
• Make sure the space is clear from any tripping hazards. Before you “cut a rug”, remove any actual area rugs or scatter mats or tape down the edges.
HPSOS is a network of organizations across Huron and Perth counties working together to prevent falls and fall-related injuries in older adults.
Wind Turbine Study
Recruitment has begun for the Huron County Wind Turbine Study about Noise, Vibration, and Light.
Residents of Huron County who live within 10 KMs of a wind turbine are eligible to participate. There is no limit on the number of eligible participants who can register for the study. Eligible participants can sign up until Oct. 1, 2018.
Those organizing the study want to hear from those who do and do not have difficulties with wind turbines so they can look at differences between the two groups.
Participation involves returning a completed consent form, doing the Registration Survey, and completing the Observation Diary. Those conducting the study are asking participants to complete the Observation Diary at least one week every month during the 12 month data collection period. A map showing which areas are eligible can be found at www.huronhealthunit.ca/wind.
For more information, please visit http://www.huronhealthunit.ca/wind or call 519 482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143.
How do you best deliver services to the community? What issues need to be addressed? Those are the type of questions United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is looking to answer with New Initiative Grant funding.
“The New Initiative Grant process is a great opportunity for the community,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “It’s a way to respond to emerging needs, test service models, support smaller projects and help pilot new ones.”
New Initiative Grants provide up to $20,000 for one year for projects developed by registered Canadian charities or not-for-profits who are planning to, or already deliver social and community services in Perth and/or Huron County.
Expressions of interest can be submitted to UWPH until Friday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. Submissions will then be reviewed based on eligibility requirements and organizations will be notified whether or not their initiative has been approved to move on to the full application stage. Full applications must then be submitted by Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.
“Past grant recipients, like the iVolunteer Perth-Huron website project, have addressed service gaps in interesting and innovative ways,” said Erb. “We’re looking forward to seeing what plans organizations have to help us address needs and continue to build strong communities.”
For more details on New Initiative Grant funding, please visit www.perthhuron.unitedway.ca/funding, or contact Megan Partridge, director of Governance and Community Impact, at 519 271-7730 Ext. 225 or email email@example.com
United Way Perth-Huron is 100 per cent local and supports almost 50 organizations and services across Perth and Huron Counties. To help United Way support these local services, donations are gladly accepted. To donate Call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
LEAF PICK UP
From now until Nov. 17 the Municipality of Bluewater will be conducting their Fall Leaf Pick Up.
All bags must be placed at the curb for pick up. All leaves must be in brown paper bags. Brush and garbage will not be picked up.
Bayfield, Hensall and Zurich have daily pick up routes while Brucefield, Dashwood and Varna have weekly routes.
Resident should also note that leaves and brush could also be taken to the Stanley Landfill during regular hours free of charge. They can also be disposed of at the Green Waste Facility in Hensall located at the West end of Richmond Street SW.