On November 16th, Cholly Boland, CEO for Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH), spoke with reporters, giving updates on what is happening at the local hospital.
He told reporters that there’s “a lot of things we do that are worthy of note.”
“We are in the process of developing a research initiative.”
In addition, “we have academic programs and placement programs for everything possible,” said Boland. He reported talking to many students at the University of Ottawa as well as the Elizabeth Bruyere Institute.
He said WDMH has “nurses and doctors at every stage of their training. We have two medical residents.”
Boland is also trying to attract administration students to the hospital through visits to the University of Ottawa.
He said the “backbone” of the hospital is technology, where computerization and the full implementation of patient information will allow all departments to be “connected with one source of communication.”
Boland believes that the health professional’s “biggest tool is information.”
Having a patient’s information all stored in one location that’s easily accessible to all health care professionals is “really invaluable. It’s really going to move us ahead.”
Boland also talked about working in conjunction with the Ottawa Hospital “to bring more services (like surgery) here and,” he continued, “helping Ottawa, which is a bottleneck” with lengthy emergency room wait times.
The integration of Dundas Manor with the hospital is expected to be “concluded some time early next year, subject to the government giving us final approval.”
As for the controversy over the purchase of Dundas Manor, Boland said, “the owners of Dundas Manor were looking for a buyer and they could have picked anyone. We’re a public organization. We’re all about health care.”
“None of the money will go to profit; it will all be reinvested.”
According to Boland, “the first driving force is to provide quality healthcare.”
“We do some really progressive senior services care here.”