Hospital wing opened to rave reviews


Too close Christopher Watters, 54 of Cornwall was arrested on March 19 after he was ac- cused of breaching release conditions by coming near a residence he was or- dered to remain away from. He was bound by an undertaking with the conditions of no contact directly or indirectly with certain people or from going within 100 metres of their place of residence and to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. It is alleged that on March 18 , he was seen within 100 meters of a residence contrary to his conditions. He was charged with failing to comply with un- dertaking and released to appear in court on April 16. Theft and breach A 24-year-old Cornwall man faces charg- es after he was accused of stealing prop- erty from a Marleau Avenue store. Ray Greenwood was arrested on March 19 in connection with the March 15 theft. He was bound by a probation order and an undertaking with the conditions to keep the peace and be of good behaviour He was charged with theft under $5,000, failing to comply with an under- taking and breach of a probation order. Damage to restaurant A 58-year-old Cornwall man has been charged after he was accused of damag- ing property at a Montreal Road restau- rant just before 10:30 p.m. on March 19. Daniel Ouellette is charged with mis- chief under $5,000. He was released to appear in court on April 16 . Kicked the dog A 28-year-old Cornwall man placed him- self in double jeopardy when he was accused of not only assaulting his girl- friend, but also kicking their six-month- old dog. The man was arrested last Wednesday after it was alleged that the previous day he assaulted his 33-year-old girlfriend during an altercation and kicked their dog. Neither the victim nor the dog required medical treatment. The man was charged with domestic assault and cruelty to animals. He was held in custody until court later that day. Theft and mischief A 14-year-old Cornwall youth was ar- rested on March 19 after it was alleged that 2013 the youth removed property from his father and caused damaged to the residence on March 7. Please see TRAFFIC STOP: Page 4


The west wing of Cornwall Community Hospital’s McConnell Avenue site was un- veiled to glowing reviews Saturday. As many as 150 people were lined up out- side the wing housing a new emergency department, diagnostic equipment and op- erating rooms for a public unveiling of the hospital’s crown jewel at 10 a.m. Saturday. “It’s a dream come true. I couldn’t be prouder,”said Margaret Darling, a registered nurse with 44 years of service at the hospi- tal. “It’s Cornwall’s time to shine and we’re shining today.” Visitors arriving at the new wing were welcomed by hospital chief executive of- ficer Jeanette Despatie and hospital board chair Helen Periard to a large, airy entrance to the emergency department flooded nat- ural light from large windows. As they wended their way through the hallways to various departments, they were greeted by staff on hand to answer ques- tions and highlight the new and improved features of the two-floor addition to the hospital. Despatie said she was hoping the new wing would impress visitors beyond what they had imagined, and by all indications early Saturday afternoon, the bright, uplift- ing new facility did just that. “I think it had the ‘wow’ factor,” Despatie beamed. “The reaction has been very posi- tive.” It was the only opportunity for visitors – other than on a stretcher -- to see a key component of the wing, new surgical suites that will be disinfected and put into opera- tion shortly, Despatie said. With the opening of the hospital’s new west wing, Cornwall Hospital Foundation is now able to unveil the name of the $1-mil- MJPOEPOPSTUPUIF0VS)PTQJUBMt0VS'VUVSF Campaign: Rose and David Bloomfield, owners of Cornwall’s Morbern Inc. The Bloomfields whose gift remained anonymous for years will now leave a long- lasting legacy in the city. Cornwall Commu- nity Hospital will name its new diagnostic department The Rose and David Bloomfield Diagnostic Centre in their honour. Given through the David Bloomfield Fam- ily Foundation, the visionary donation was a catalyst gift received early during the Our Hospital Our Future Campaign motivating several other donors to support the project. “This region is important to us,”says David Bloomfield. “Rose and I started Morbern Inc. in Cornwall over 50 years ago. During that

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And she cautioned that there is still one more year of work to be done before the entire hospital restructuring is complete. “Then we will have a big shebang,” she said. Periard said there were plenty of surprises for visitors eager to get a peek at the new digs. “I believe they were surprised by ev- erything,” she said. One of the big attractions was the new magnetic resonance imaging machine, housed in one of a number of diagnos- tic suites along a long hallway containing $15.5 million in high-tech equipment all raised by public dollars. “Everyone wanted to see the MRI,” Periard said. It was a piece of equipment foremost in the mind of Colleen MacLean of Ingleside, who has travelled to Kingston in the past to get an MRI scan completed. The MRI in Cornwall will lift a huge financial burden Margaret Darling, above, a registered nurse with Cornwall Community Hospi- tal, points to a newemergency treatment area at the hospitals’ new west wing. Pic- tured right, visitors talk in a well-lit foyer on the ground level of the wing.

from people on fixed incomes who previ- ously travelled to Ottawa or Kingston for a scan, she said. Nancy-Ann Bush, manager of infection and prevention control, was welcoming visitors on their way to examine the new day-surgery suites, said she was “incredibly excited” about moving into the new wing. “It’s everything we expected and more. It’s bright and full of light.” Hospital changes parking rates Cornwall Community Hospital is changing to a variable parking rate from its flat rate of five dollars per day to better meet the needs of patients and visitors, according to the hospital. “Due to increased public demand, we are evolving from a daily rate system to a vari- able rate system, which will save people money when they visit the hospital for a short period of time,” said hospital commu- nications co-ordinator Shaun MacDonald. Under the new system, the minimum rate drops to three dollars for visits of less than an hour, two dollars less than the previously used flat rate, but will increase to six dollars for visitors staying longer than an hour, one dollar more than the previous flat rate. The Journal

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