Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) has once again been recognized by the Healthy Foods in Champlain Hospitals initiative, this time for its achievement of Silver status in the program, which aims to create a healthy food environment in hospitals within the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
KDH is the second of the 20 Champlain hospitals to reach Silver standing, demonstrating its commitment to making the healthy food choice the easy choice for patients, volunteers and staff.
A number of changes were made at KDH’s popular Coffee Bar to meet the Silver criteria, including limiting the availability of deli meats to once a week, reducing the size of the fresh-baked muffins, introducing new sandwiches and snacks, and updating nutritional information.
The Silver level builds on KDH’s earlier work to achieve Bronze status in November, 2015, when dietary department staff increased the availability of whole grains, vegetables and fruit, reduced sodium in soups, decreased portion sizes for high-calorie beverages, and created nutritional labels for all coffee bar items made on site.
Frank J. Vassallo, KDH’s Chief Executive Officer, gave credit to Andrea Corbett, the Hospital’s Manager of Food and Nutrition Services, Auxiliary Volunteer Brenda Steacy, the food manager for the coffee bar, and the KDH workforce as a whole.
“I am very proud of our leadership and how our staff and volunteers rallied around this initiative,” he said. “They achieved this not because of an administrative mandate, but because it’s the right thing to do. Proper nutrition is an important component of good health.”
Dr. Andrew Pipe, Chair of the Champlain Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Network at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, which spearheads the program, stated that, “Reaching the Silver benchmark is a clear reflection of KDH’s commitment to investing in the long-term health of staff, physicians, volunteers and the hospital community at large.”
Taking the lead in supporting individual and collective health and wellness is a key component of KDH’s vision. A comment from Paula Stewart, the Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, indicates that KDH is achieving success in realizing its vision: “This [award] is a really good example of how the hospital can provide community leadership on an important public health issue.”
A celebratory event was held at KDH on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, to recognize the achievement. Representing the Healthy Foods initiative, Laurie Dojeiji and Andra Taylor presented an official Silver status plaque to both Andrea Corbett and Brenda Steacy.
Andra Taylor commended both recipients, explaining that, “This achievement could not have been possible without Andrea and Brenda. The thing about these two is that they always go above and beyond the request. They always make sure they are satisfying everyone with the food they offer at KDH.”
Over the past three months, 84 community businesses had the opportunity to voice their opinions about the local economy as the Municipality of North Grenville progressed through the interview stage of the Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) Program, in cooperation with the North Grenville Chamber of Commerce and the Old Town Kemptville BIA.
The BR+E Program kicked into full gear in March as teams of trained volunteers met with local businesses to gather key information through completing a comprehensive survey. The visits also provided the opportunity to identify the specific needs and concerns of each business and respond to those concerns on an individual basis.
“The visits we undertook with local businesses had four purposes,” said Matt Gilmer, the Municipality’s Economic Development Coordinator. “First, we wanted to show our local businesses that we appreciate the contributions they are making to our local community. Second, we wanted to see if they have any concerns, and, if so, if there are ways we can help.Third, we are offering to help our local businesses take better advantage of business resources. Finally, we wanted the businesses to help us set priorities on future directions of local economic efforts.”
“The face-to-face interviews were essential to getting honest and fulsome feedback from our local business community. We would like to thank all of those businesses who took the time to participate in the interviews and provide input into the future of our economy,” said Kevin O’Dair, North Grenville’s BR+E Coordinator.
The next steps for the BR+E Program are to analyze the data collected through the surveys and hold a “Task Force Retreat” with local business and community leaders to identify key issues and priorities, as well as develop and brainstorm initial action plans. The results of the retreat will provide the basis for a final report and action plan for the project to be considered by Council and incorporated in the Economic Development Program.
This project is funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Specific support is through the Eastern Ontario Development Program, delivered locally through the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation.
For more information:
Kevin O’Dair, BR+E Coordinator
Telephone: 613-258-9569 x 119
The Municipality of North Grenville is offering a second intake for applications to the Rideau-Sanders-Prescott Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Façade, Landscape and Signage Grant Program. This program provides matching funds, up to $5,000, for eligible residential and commercial property improvement projects within the CIP District.
The deadline for applications to be submitted for this intake is Friday, August 11, 2017.
The Municipality will also be hosting an Open House at the North Grenville Public Library at 1 Water Street in Kemptville on Wednesday, July 12 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, to provide more information about the program, answer questions, give feedback on project ideas and supply application packages.
If you already have a project in mind and would like to move forward with applying, feel free to do so as applications are now being accepted.
Full program guidelines, a map of the CIP District and application forms can be found on investnorthgrenville.ca. Just click on the Resources Tab on the home page to find the CIP program.
Information packages (including the application form) can be found here or be picked up at the Municipal Centre (2nd floor reception) during regular business hours.
For more information:
Economic Development Co-ordinator
613-258-9569 x 153
KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO, JUNE 14, 2017 – Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is pleased to announce a major modernization project that will double the current array of outpatient services offered by the busy hospital, located 20 minutes south of Ottawa.
The project was driven by public consultations undertaken in 2016 that indicated an increasing demand in the region for outpatient services focused on children and youth, support for seniors and others living with chronic illnesses, and increased access to surgeons and other specialists close to home for residents of North Grenville ─ one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario.
KDH is currently unable to provide these vital programs and services due to space constraints and outdated facilities. KDH has only three clinic spaces and they are bursting at the seams, with 14 different specialists using them on various days of the week. Additional specialists hoping to offer clinics at KDH have to be turned away. Located in the 1960s-era wing of the hospital, the current clinic spaces are old-fashioned, cramped and inefficient.
“We had to respond as soon as we could once the needs were identified,” said CEO Frank J. Vassallo. “When the Clinic Modernization Project is complete, KDH will be able to provide the patient-centred services our communities urgently need ─ for children and youth, additional specialists’ clinics, and expanded programs for people with chronic illnesses like diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD).”
Rather than building new, with the Clinic Modernization Project KDH is updating existing outmoded clinic space and renovating underutilized space to double the overall outpatient offerings that currently exist.
With more clinic spaces, KDH will also be able to offer extended hours of operation and increase its focus on disease prevention, education, and wellness for all age groups.
While making these crucial services available to the people who need them, the new clinic spaces will also enhance the patient experience at KDH by providing much needed privacy and comfort for outpatients, and allowing the implementation of available new technologies for patient care, such as telemedicine and highly specialized equipment for clinic procedures.
A key component of this patient- and family-centred project is the creation of a private visiting or grieving space for families. Now a standard feature in hospitals, the concept of a designated room for families to gather in private did not exist when KDH opened its doors in 1960.
“We are pleased to be able to bring more specialized services to KDH,” said Vassallo, “while at the same time bringing the original wing of the hospital up to the high standard of the new wing, opened in 2010, which houses our state of the art operating rooms, diagnostic imaging suite, and Emergency Room.”