From the left: Matthew McKelvey, Pamela McCallum, Karen Wood, Karen Sterzer, and Tristan Tergesen.
By Twyla Siple
Karen Wood, Regional Manager of the Home Care and Hospital Home Program with the Gimli Community Health Centre invited home care staff, case coordinators, resource coordinators to witness the official opening of the Home Care clinic at the Health Centre in Gimli Jan. 4.
“If home care clients attend an emergency room for care they will often have a long wait, as people with more critical health care needs will be prioritized,” Wood explained. “Having access to this clinic not only offers convenience to patients who are able to travel, but it also frees up nursing resources.”
The program hopes to reduce home care clients waiting time, so that if they are mobile, then they are able to have an appointment at a definitive time instead of waiting between certain hours on certain days to have a nurse come all the way to their home and see them.
“We can offer a better option other than the emergency department,” Wood said. “We can schedule them and have them come to this clinic instead. It gets them taken care of quicker and safer.”
Westshore Community Foundation Chair, Tristen Tergesen, delivered welcome support to the new facility.
“We are pleased to provide the $1500 grant that went towards the cost of the exam table for the new Home Care clinic. This contribution to the health of our community is consistent with our mandate of building a lasting legacy, and our foundation would like to congratulate everyone involved who made this clinic a reality. We are pleased to be a part of this effort.”
As a result of the grant, the examination table will be adorned with a metal plaque which informs the community know that it was the Westshore Foundation that helped the Gimli Health Centre purchase their Home Care clinic’s table. Along with a further donation of $200 from the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, every donation helps them expand their services across the region.
This is the seventh clinic to open throughout the region. Home Care clinics have been established in the communities of Beausejour, Selkirk, Stonewall, Pine Falls and Oakbank.