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Going Live with new Digital Mammography Technology
In May 2009, the Diagnostic Imaging Department at the Labrador Health
Center (LHC), in Happy Valley-Goose Bay went live with a new GE Essential Digi-
tal Mammography System, followed closely in June 2009, by the Diagnostic Im-
aging Department at the Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital (CWJMH)
in Labrador City.
The new digital mammography equipment was an instant success with the
Diagnostic Imaging Mammography Technologists, allowing them to cut the
time it takes to conduct a mammogram by one half, within the first few days.
The image quality has been described as excellent by the Radiologists reading
the mammogram images and the turnaround time for a report to be returned to
the ordering physician or the health care provider at either LHC or CWJMH has
been significantly decreased. This has improved the quality of the mammogra-
phy service for these two sites and has significantly reduced the patients’ anxiety
associated with longer reporting times.
The digital mammography image can be manipulated like any digital image, thereby allowing the Radiologist and Technolo-
gist to view structures deep inside the breast tissue in addition to areas on the surface of the breast, with only one radiation ex-
posure being made. Repeat mammograms are reduced with this new digital technology, as the post-processing software allows
the Technologist or Radiologist to highlight areas of interest and zoom in on areas that they want to see in more enhanced detail.
They can also change the parameters to view the image in various imaging formats. The digital mammography image manipula-
tion reduces the need for another radiation exposure, which is a significant improvement in patients’ radiation safety.
Another huge improvement with a digital mammogram is that multiple health care professionals can view the image, at
one time, anywhere in the province. This allows the Technologist to consult with the reading Radiologist, the ordering physi-
cian or health care provider and to discuss the mammography images with a Surgeon or a Radiologist, etc. The two new digital
mammography machines are interfaced to the Provincial Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) and can be
transferred on the secure network to the Radiologist in seconds after the Technologist
sends the image across into the PACS. Being able to share the digital mammogram is
What’s Inside? a major improvement to the mammography service. Now images can be retrieved by
a physician who is seeing the patient anywhere in the province, nearly eliminating the
Foundation Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 potential for mammograms to be lost or delayed.
Worthy of Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Digital mammograms are now being stored indefinitely in the long-term storage
Wellness Programs Available . . . . . 5 archives in the province and past images can be retrieved in seconds by the Radiolo-
Volunteer Week. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 gist for comparison with current images. This has significantly improved the quality of
Around the Region . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 the mammography service in Labrador. High quality film digitizers have been installed
Thank You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 at the two Diagnostic Imaging Departments to allow the previous film mammo-
National Nursing Week. . . . . . . . . . . 10 grams to be digitized and sent to the Provincial PACS for Radiologists and Surgeons
From the Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 to compare previous mammography studies with the digital mammogram being
Focus on Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 currently performed. Digitizing the previous mammogram film image speeds up the
Employee Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 turnaround time for a report from the Radiologist, as they no longer have to wait for
Professional Development . . . . . . . 17 images to arrive in the mail. Comparing the previous and current mammogram stud-
Service Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 ies is a key element for a reporting Radiologist.
Retirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Digital mammography installation at the two Labrador sites has been a sig-
Obituary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 nificant improvement for everyone involved. A new Digital Mammography Unit will
Comings and Goings . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 be installed at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony in the fall of 2009.
From the Past . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Wendy Christenssen, Regional Director of Diagnostic Services
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Heritage Day 2009
Heritage Day 2009 celebrations, held in St. Anthony on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, started with thunder and lightning and ended
with fireworks! The annual Grenfell Foundation (South Chapter) fundraiser and celebration of the Grenfell Legacy began with
breakfast at the St. Anthony Lion’s Club at 7:00 a.m. By mid-afternoon, the clouds had cleared and the Teddy Bear Picnic got
underway. Children of all ages flocked to the Grenfell Park with their Teddy Bears to enjoy an afternoon of fun and games. The
evening events kicked off at 6:00 p.m. and young and old came together to enjoy a time of mingling with family and friends,
both old and new, while listening to music and enjoying traditional Newfoundland foods. Ticket sales were brisk and the evening
ended with fireworks near the harbour front… a great ending to a perfect day. Thanks to all volunteers, as well as to those who
came out in support of the Grenfell Foundation’s continued fundraising efforts.
A large crowd gathers at Grenfell Park to enjoy the festivities. People gather around an open fire to sample a Newfie Mug-
up (roasted capelin, molasses bread and tea).
L-R: Medical staff members, Dr. K. Aravind (Pediatrician) (L-R): Kayla Carroll, Miss Teen Achievement New-
and Dr. Mahesh Guntamukkala (Anesthesiologist) volun- foundland and Labrador, spends time with Haley
teer with ticket sales. Keats and Emma Rumbolt.
Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador, Chelsea emcee, Dave
Squires (right), poses with Erica Pilgrim and her Elms looks on.
mom, Kristen at the Teddy Bear Picnic.
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New Ophthalmology Equipment for Labrador West
Thanks to funds raised during the 2008 Le-
gion Telethon in Labrador West, and to contribu-
tions from the Odd Fellows, the Hospital Auxiliary
and residents of Labrador West, three new pieces
of ophthalmology equipment are available at the
Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital. In
the same way that Radiologists interpret x-rays on
a computer, it is now possible to screen for and
diagnose many diseases of the eye with the new
equipment, thereby improving quality and access
A NIDEK AFC-230 Fundus camera has been
purchased. This is a “non-mydriatic” camera used
to examine the retina. These cameras were devel-
Displaying the new ophthalmology equipment are (l-r): Jocelyn Young, Tammy Turpin, Karen Old-
oped in the 1990’s, for ease of use in the develop-
ford, Eleanor Fowler, Dr. W. Arsenault, Vida Connors, Muck Connors, Ozette Simpson, Mike Tobin, ing world, where diabetes continues to be the
Bernie Denief, Patsy Ralph and Nazarie Simon. leading cause of blindness. For diabetes clients in
Labrador City and Wabush, this camera is meant
to prevent unnecessary trips to larger centres and to ensure timely treatment, appropriate follow-up and reduced wait times for
patients. The same applies to patients with chronic glaucoma. An OCULUS visual field machine has been donated, in addition to
a hand-held Tonopen, which will enable safe, timely, accurate follow-up.
The Ophthalmic station at Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital is rounded out with the BQ 900 slit lamp video cam-
era. Diseases such as keratitis, corneal foreign bodies and cataracts can be seen.
Encountering Grenfell Grenfell Collection of Books Donated
on Display at The Rooms Francis Rowe, a native of St. John’s, NL, was a me-
teorologist by profession. It was in this capacity that
On June 12, 2009, Encountering
he spent a year in Goose Bay during World War II. Mr.
Grenfell: A Life and Legacy, an exhibi-
Rowe was widely known as a collector of Newfound-
tion featuring Dr. Wilfred Grenfell and
land and Labrador books. He had, as well, a large
his life’s mission in Newfoundland and
collection of Newfoundland coins and stamps.
Labrador, opened at The Rooms in St.
Following his death ten years ago, Mr. Rowe’s
John’s, NL. Embracing the people and
substantial library passed into the hands of his sister,
harsh environment of Labrador and
Mrs. Louise Lambiase, who herself was an avid col-
the northern regions of the island,
lector of books and stamps. Recently, she decided to
Grenfell’s efforts extended far beyond
move out of the large family home and to sell much
medical care. Providing education,
of the library.
skills in arts and crafts, and self suf-
I knew the library well, for I had reason to make
ficiency in agriculture and animal
frequent use of it during the writing of several books
husbandry, he sought to improve the
dealing with Labrador. Among the collection were
socio-economic condition of those in
25 books written by Dr. Wilfred Grenfell. My hope was
the region. Encountering Grenfell looks
that they would find a home in Labrador and to that
at the work of the International Gren-
end, I called Mr. Boyd Rowe to inquire as to whether Labrador-Grenfell Health
fell Association, the Grenfell Industrial
would be interested in purchasing the Grenfell collection. He was very interest-
and the man whose vision began it all.
ed and wondered if I might act as an intermediary and see what kind of deal we
For information on how to view this
might arrive at. It was a “deal” that surprised us both: Mrs. Lambiase always had
exhibit, visit www.therooms.ca.
an interest in Labrador and told me she was prepared to donate the Grenfell
books, as well as several framed photographs, to Labrador-Grenfell Health in
Happy Valley - Goose Bay.
Archdeacon Francis Buckle
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WORTHY OF NOTE
ARNNL Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice
On June 22, 2009, during the Association of Registered Nurses of New-
foundland and Labrador (ARNNL) Annual General Meeting, Sheila Wilson,
Regional Nurse II, Postville Community Clinic, was officially presented with the
Award of Excellence by the ARRNL President, Jim Feltham.
This award for Nursing Practice is given annually to just one outstanding
Registered Nurse in the entire province. Sheila was nominated and selected by
her peers. The Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice recognizes a nurse who
excels in caregiving, commitment, professionalism, and is a contributor to the
community. Sheila works tirelessly to meet the highest standards of commu-
nity care and has resourcefully secured support from the Postville Inland Trust
Fund to purchase medical equipment for the clinic.
Sheila started her nursing career as a Nurse/Midwife with the International
Grenfell Association at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital. Her 36 years of
nursing service has also included responding in disaster situations in Ethiopia,
Pakistan and Sudan. Her outstanding humanitarian contributions have re-
sulted in awards like the Meritorious Service Cross (Queen’s Honours, Governor
General of Canada) and the International Humanitarian Service Award (Interna-
tional Red Cross). Sheila has brought these leadership skills to the community
of Postville and to Labrador-Grenfell Health and her kindness, strong team
spirit and energy are evident in her work.
Congratulations, Sheila on this honorable award.
Clinical Nurse Coordinator (North)
Local Physicians Receive Fellowship in Rural and Remote
Congratulations are extended to Dr. Trudy O’Keefe (Family Physician, St. Anthony) and Dr. Judy Ophel (Family Physician,
Happy Valley-Goose Bay), who were among five physicians in Newfoundland and Labrador to receive the Fellowship in Rural and
Remote Medicine (FRRMS) award from the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC). The awards were presented this spring,
during the 17th Rural and Remote Medicine Conference in Halifax. Fellowships in Rural and Remote Medicine recognize doctors
who have worked in rural and remote Canada for at least 10 years and are a member of SRPC for at least five years. The SRPC cre-
ated the FRRMS since rural doctors practice a distinct form of medicine that has many challenges and requires a varied skill set
and an ability to work under sometimes difficult circumstances.
L-R: Dr. Michael Jong, Dr. Trudy O’Keefe and Dr. Karl Stobbe, President of the L-R: Dr. Michael Jong, Dr. Judy Ophel and Dr. Karl Stobbe, President of the
Society of Rural Physicians of Canada. Society of Rural Physicians of Canada.
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WELLNESS PROGRAMS AVAILABLE
The Amazing Race is a program sponsored and developed by the Mental Health Sub-Committee of the Northern Regional
Wellness Coalition. Derived from the hit television show “The Amazing Race”, this program is intended for use by groups or
interested individuals who work with youth and have the capacity to offer such activities (i.e., Youth Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs,
schools, etc.). It promotes teamwork, physical and mental health and thereby increases knowledge and awareness in various
The package consists of information, instructions and sample materials. Materials may be modified to best suit your com-
munity. A great deal of preparation is required to host this event. It requires a committee and approximately 20 volunteers and
the race is roughly 2 – 2.5 hours in duration. Prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams and incentives and snacks are
provided to all participants. To date, Amazing Races have been held in Flower’s Cove, St. Anthony and Port Hope Simpson. Fund-
ing is available through the Northern Regional Wellness Coalition.
Caring for Self, Caring for Others
The Caring for Self, Caring for Others program is developed and sponsored by the Mental Health
Sub-Committee of the Northern Regional Wellness Coalition. It is a workshop designed for home
care workers and other caregivers. It consists of three separate presentations focusing on stress man-
agement and self care, abuse and neglect of older adults, and mental illness.
The package consists of a hard copy manual which includes the presentations. It also contains
a sample agenda, posters and publicity plan to assist in planning a workshop. The package also
includes a CD containing all Power Point presentations and related information.
The Stars of Mental Health
The Stars of Mental Health is a program sponsored by the Mental Health Sub-
Committee of the Northern Regional Wellness Coalition and developed by Labrador-
Grenfell Health employees. This program is approximately 50-60 minutes in dura-
tion. It aims to teach children from ages four to eight about feelings of self-esteem,
self-confidence, respect, bullying and many other emotional reactions and respons-
es that affect mental health.
The sessions are delivered with the assistance of two puppets named Freddy
and Frieda, the “stars“ of the program. Age-appropriate scripts are used to create
discussion and activities about good mental health. Other resources included are
discussion questions, handouts and activities.
Youth Retreat Program
The Youth Retreat Program was originally developed through a partnership between Labrador-Grenfell Health and the
Community Youth Network and has been supported by the Mental Health Sub-Committee of the Northern Regional Wellness
Coalition and the Labrador Métis Nation. The goals of the retreat program are to engage youth aged 12-16 in a setting whereby
they can form positive relationships, have opportunity for recreational activities, and discuss and learn about issues of relevance
to them such as healthy relationships, assertiveness and drug/alcohol awareness. A facilitator’s guide has been developed for the
small group sessions and is available for distribution to parties interested in facilitating this program.
For more information about any of the programs listed above, please contact Mental Health Sub-Committee Co-Chairs Janice
Genge at 456-2401 (ext. 246) or Shane Bridle at 960–0271 (ext. 230).
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VOLUNTEERS LIGHT UP COMMUNITIES
Volunteer Spotlight: Bella Shouse, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Volunteering is the most fundamental act of citizenship and charity that
impacts virtually every aspect of society, including health, education, social ser-
vices, youth, culture, sports and recreation, the arts and the environment. While
the contribution is undeniable, volunteers are rarely recognized for their deeds.
Recognizing volunteers is something that every organization or coordinator
of volunteers needs to think about. Volunteers – regardless of any amounts of
modesty and altruism – like, want and need to be recognized.
Bella McLean Shouse is one such volunteer who has been volunteering
for almost seven decades. She has recently become the first Labradorian to
be awarded a lifetime membership in the Canadian Association of Hospital
Auxiliaries in recognition of her decades of volunteering with the local hospital
“Aunt Bella,” as she is affectionately known in the community, first started
volunteering when she worked for the Grenfell Mission in the late 1940s. “The
Grenfell Mission had a money-raising ‘do’ every April when the trappers came
home for the spring. That’s when we held our spring fair, which we had been
working on all winter,” she told me when I interviewed her a few years ago and
will still tell anyone who would like to listen.
“Once a week during the winter, we had meetings in the hospital living
room where we made articles of clothing to be sold at our spring fair. About a
week before fair date, which usually was the 21st of April, we got together and
Labrador Health Centre Auxiliary President, Bernice Tracey made candy, as there was very little candy or sweets to be sold at that time in
(right) presents founding member, Bella Shouse (left), with her the Hudson Bay Store. The young unmarried women of the community would
CAHA Lifetime Membership Certificate while Bella’s daughter
Susie (middle, seated) looks on.
make baskets to be sold at an auction and the buyer would have supper with
the young lady, and sometimes the young men would bribe some of the young
kids to try and sneak a look at the basket so they would know which basket to
bid on. For the people not involved in baskets, we would put on a baked bean supper, usually with red berry pie for dessert. After
that we would either have a play put on by the Grenfell Mission staff with the help of the Hudson Bay Company staff, or a dance.”
Of course, we know that at one of these community socials in North West River, Aunt Bella met her husband Hank. They mar-
ried in 1947 and moved to the United States. When they returned to North West River in 1952, she continued her volunteer work
with the United Church of Canada and became part of a group of women in North West River who volunteered to help the Gren-
fell Mission in the late 1950s and 1960s by spending one afternoon a week helping with the mending of clothing and bedding for
the patients and also doing spring housecleaning.
Aunt Bella served on the school board in North West River for a number of years, and then moved to Goose Bay where she
began with the hospital auxiliary at its inception in 1971. “We had our first auxiliary meeting in the upstairs nurses’ lounge of the
Harry L. Paddon Memorial Hospital with thirty members,” she recalls. “We had an objective to support the hospital in volunteer
services, raise funds for equipment, and promote good public relations. In the early days of the auxiliary, we were transporting
patients to and from the hospital when they came for dressings and other out-patient services, providing tea or Kool-Aid™ and
cookies to parents and children in the waiting room, and operating a small canteen in the lobby of the hospital. The proceeds
from the canteen were used to raise funds for equipment.”
Aunt Bella has been present for all the changes to the hospital auxiliary over the past 38 years. In 1976, the hospital moved
from the Harry L. Paddon Memorial Hospital (now known as the Elizabeth Goudie Building) to the former U.S. Air Force Base and
was renamed the Melville Hospital. The auxiliary was called the Melville Hospital Auxiliary. Then in 2000, a new hospital, the
Labrador Health Centre, was built at 227 Hamilton River Road and once again, the auxiliary name changed to the Labrador Health
Center Auxiliary, to coincide with the hospital name.
Aunt Bella represented the hospital auxiliary on the Accreditation Board for a couple of years and was a member of the
Health Services Board for a time. She has travelled to provincial conventions in Corner Brook and St. John’s and was awarded a
lifetime membership in the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Hospital Auxiliaries, as well as the Queen’s Jubilee Award
and pin for volunteer services in the community, and a pin from the United Church of Canada for 30 years of volunteering with
them. Last year, Aunt Bella was recognized by the Labrador Health Centre Auxiliary for her accomplishments and achievements
by being presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a cake. Yet, she concedes that the feeling of helping her hospital and
her community rewards her, as well as getting out of the house and socializing with her friends. (Continued on next page...)
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VOLUNTEERS LIGHT UP COMMUNITIES
Volunteer Spotlight (Cont’d)
In her 91st year and as the the last founding member,
Aunt Bella, until recently, has been an active member of
the Labrador Health Centre Auxiliary. As a younger recruit,
I was amazed at her articulation in discussing business,
her faithfulness in attendance, baking for the sales and
supporting the hospital auxiliary fundraising projects. Her
volunteer career has come to an end on a high note. On
Thursday, June 11, 2009, the Labrador Health Centre Aux-
iliary members and associate members visited Aunt Bella
where she now resides at the Harry L. Paddon Memorial
Home, to present her with the highest recognition from
the auxiliary – a lifetime membership certificate and pin
from the national association – the Canadian Association of
Bella McLean Shouse - you have been a mentor, an ex-
emplified volunteer in your community. Thank you hardly
Labrador Health Centre Auxiliary members gather to present Bella McLean Shouse
with the CAHA Lifetime Membership Award. Back row, l-r: Betty Learning, Marina An-
dersen, Josie Gillard, Beverly Nippard, Bessie Michelin and Thelma Allingham. Middle Happy Valley-Goose Bay
row, l-r: Lorraine Jacque, Bernice Tracey, Margaret Newman, Violet Simpson, Hilda
Newman, Ginger Smith and Bride Saunders. Front row, seated, l-r: Sheila Perry, Doris
Clarke, Bella McLean Shouse and Margie McLean.
National Volunteer Week: April 19 – 25, 2009
April 19 -25, 2009 marked National Volunteer Week. Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the great
work of individuals who volunteer at our sites throughout the Labrador-Grenfell Health region. Their impact on the services we
provide is invaluable and we appreciate their contributions to health and community services. This year’s theme, Volunteers Light
up Communities, represents the impact volunteers have on the people of the province. The compassion and dedication of our
volunteers enriches the lives of the clients, residents and communities we serve. From performing music to fundraising, your
efforts contribute to the health and well-being of residents in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region, and for this, we are sincerely
Flower’s Cove Forteau St. Anthony
This year’s volunteer dinner was held at the Dockside Motel, St. Celestine Earle (left), Treasurer of the Labra- Two dedicated members of the Charles S.
Barbe, and attended mostly by members of the Strait of Belle dor South Health Centre Auxiliary in Forteau, Curtis Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Wanda
Isle Health Centre Auxiliary. L-R: Julie Nicholas (COO-South), presents a cheque for $3,000 to the Grenfell Greenham (left) and Cassandra Penney, cut
Deidre Genge, Judy Applin Poole (Site Manager) and Hazareth Foundation South Chapter at the Volunteer the cake at the Volunteer Dinner held in St.
Stevens. Dinner. Accepting the cheque are Gary Newell, Anthony in April.
Foundation Coordinator and Julie Nicholas,
COO (South). These funds will be used to
purchase a pressure mattress for the Labrador
South Health Centre.
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AROUND THE REGION
“Jackman Jewels” Support their Colleagues in Labrador West Relay
“Jackman Jewels” was
the name chosen for a Re-
lay for Life team comprised
of Nursing, Environmental
Services, Paramedicine and
Management employees at
the Captain William Jackman
Memorial Hospital. They have
all been touched by cancer,
either in their work lives or per-
sonal lives. On June 13, 2009, a
crowd gathered at the Labra-
dor Mall to watch as four team
members had their heads
shaved in support of those
battling cancer. This event was
“Jackman Jewels” at the Labrador West Relay for Life. Front row (l-r): the final part of their fundrais- (L-R) Jocelyn Young, Josée Morel, Bernie Carol
Jocelyn Young and Catherine Strangemore. Second row (l-r): Eric Foote,
Sonya Dunne, Alice Laing and Brenda Letto. Third row (l-r): Josee Morel,
ing efforts for the 2009 Relay and Sam Coombs (seated).
Debbie Fudge, Bernie Carroll, Denise Foote and Gail Moores. Back: Sam for Life.
Coombs and Will Letto.
Emergency Preparedness: Mock Disaster held New Ambulances for
in Port Hope Simpson Flower’s Cove and
On Wednesday April
1, 2009, the community
of Port Hope Simpson
engaged in an emer-
mock disaster exercise.
This was a joint effort by
the Community Clinic
employees, DC Young
School, the Junior Rang-
ers, RCMP and local Fire
Department. This event
was part of ongoing
disaster planning and
preparedness on the
A mock disaster is simulated near the Fire Hall in Port Hope Simpson. coast. Mary’s Harbour
New road ambulances have arrived for both
held a similar mock disaster in October 2008 and two more are planned for Char- the White Bay Central and Strait of Belle Isle
lottetown and St. Lewis for the near future. Health Centres. Shown here with one of the
new ambulances are (l-r): Cedric Mallias, Tri-Star
Overall, the event went quite well, with all those involved carrying out their
Sales Representative; Hank Diamond, Paramedic;
professional roles as would be required in an emergency situation. In addition, Camille Barney, Paramedic and Judy Applin Poole,
areas for improvement that were noted have since been incorporated into future Site Manager.
emergency response planning. A special thank-you is extended to all those who
contributed to this valuable learning exercise.
Donnie Sampson, Clinical Coordinator (South)
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THANK - YOU
Michael Andrew Donates $25,000 to Dialysis Unit at LHC
In April, 2009, Michael Andrew of Sheshatshiu presented representatives of
Labrador-Grenfell Health with a $25,000 donation for the Dialysis Unit at the Lab-
rador Health Centre. Mr. Andrew raised the funds by completing a five-week walk
from Sheshatshiu to Natuashish in February 2009. The main intent of his 300-kilo-
metre hike across the wilderness was to raise awareness about diabetes in aborigi-
nal communities, after witnessing friends and family members struggle with this
disease. The $25,000 will be used to purchase an additional dialysis machine for
the Labrador Health Centre, allowing the unit to accommodate additional clients
in need of dialysis care.
On hand for the donation were (l-r): Michael Andrew, Cassandra Rich (dialysis patient) and Dialysis
Nurses Caroline Crawford, Delphine Roberts and Jeanette Kenington.
Leon’s Furnishes Residents’ Lounge at CWJMH
As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, Leon’s is donat-
ing to more than 100 Boys and Girls Clubs across the country,
as well as to 64 hospitals. It’s a “No Money Miracle” that Captain
William Jackman Memorial Hospital was one of the chosen hos-
pitals, with a donation of $6,000 in furniture. With this contribu-
tion, a dining room table and chairs, a side table, nesting tables,
a hydraulic chair and a reclining chair were made available for
the Long Term Care Residents’ Lounge/Multipurpose Room. As a
result of this “furniture makeover”, Leon’s has helped to make the
hospital experience homier for the clients and visitors alike.
To celebrate its 100th Anniversary, Mr. Terry Leon, CEO and
President of Leon’s will be visiting Leon’s stores across Canada.
On June 10, 2009, during his visit to Labrador City, Mr. Leon
dropped by the hospital to view the room where the donation
Back row (l-r): Mr. Terry Leon, President and CEO of Leon’s; Ken Manstan, Owner
& Operator of local Leon’s Store. Front row (l-r): Wanda Young, Inpatient was used and he was quite impressed.
Services Coordinator; Eleanor Fowler, Site Manager – Nursing; Ozette Simpson, On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Senior Executive
COO (West) and Bill Manstan, Owner & Operator of local Leon’s Store. Team, Labrador-Grenfell Health employees and clients, I thank
Leon’s for their generous donation.
Ozette Simpson, COO (West)
Dumaresque Family Donates to Palliative Care Room, CWJMH
Thanks are extended to the Dumaresque family
for their donation of a beautiful leather rocker/reclin-
er to the Palliative Care Room, Inpatient Services, Cap-
tain William Jackman Memorial Hospital, in memory
of Hattie Dumaresque, a dear wife and mother.
Displaying the newly donated rocker/recliner are (l-r): Wanda
Young, Inpatient Services Coordinator; Sharon Miller, RN; Katrina
Dumaresque (daughter) and Allan Dumaresque (husband).
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NATIONAL NURSING WEEK 2009
Nursing: You Can’t Live Without It !
From May 11– 17, 2009, Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in the Labra-
dor-Grenfell Health region joined their counterparts across the country in celebrating National Nursing Week. The theme for this
year, Nursing: You Can’t Live Without It! provided an opportunity to highlight the vital role that nursing plays in our region.
Coffee Break with Minister Wiseman
On May 12, 2009, workplace representatives from each of the Regional Health
Authorities in the province were invited to a coffee break at the Confederation Building,
St. John’s, with the Hon. Ross Wiseman, then Minister of Health and Community Services.
Pat Crotty, Regional Nurse II from the Nain Community Clinic, joined Anita Ludlow, Chief
Nursing Officer, Debbie Forward, NLNU President, Pegi Earle, ARNNL Executive Director
and other nurses from other regions, for this event. Minister Wiseman thanked nurses
across the province for their contribution to the many sectors of health care.
L-R: Pat Crotty, RN; Hon., Ross Wiseman; Sheila Mercer, Workplace Representative; Anita Ludlow, Chief
Nursing Officer and Cheryl Gale, Workplace Representative.
Community Events Held in Hopedale
This year, the nurses at Hopedale cel-
ebrated National Nursing Week with an event
for their community on each day of the work
week. There are four nurses in Hopedale - two
with Labrador-Grenfell Health (Debbie Blois
and Luc Belzile) and two with the Nunatsiavut
Department of Health and Social Develop-
ment (Kim Dicker and Sophie Pamak).
On Monday, Debbie and Kim held a radio
spot on the local radio station, providing
introductions and outlining services provided
by each nurse and how they work together. A
community walk was held Tuesday evening,
with approximately 20 participants. The
walk started at the Clinic and went across
the harbour by road and returned across the
harbour ice. Hot chocolate was served at the
Clinic, along with prizes for all attendees. On
Wednesday, Debbie and Luc held another lo-
cal radio spot, this time promoting awareness
of men’s health issues/topics. On Thursday, a
ladies’ dessert party was held at the clinic in
Nurses and residents at Hopedale prepare to set out on a community walk.
the afternoon, with display booths on various
women’s health topics. There were about 30 ladies in attendance who were very happy to have an opportunity to socialize and
learn more about women’s health. The afternoon ended with prizes for all who participated.
On Friday, Kim and Sophie held a booth at the local Lab Investments store, screening blood pressure and random blood sug-
ars and distributing health related information. Approximately 40 interested persons took advantage of this opportunity. Prizes
were handed out to all participants.
A huge thank you is extended to the residents of Hopedale who helped to make this year’s National Nursing Week events a
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NATIONAL NURSING WEEK 2009
Nursing Week Teas at St. Anthony and Labrador City
Cutting the Nursing Week cake are (l-r): Donna Carter, LPN; Sheila Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital staff celebrate Nurs-
Biles-Holloway, Mental Health Nurse; Wavey Loder, LPN, Wayne ing Week ( l-r): Zena Penney, RN; Amanda Guy, RN; Wanda Young,
Alyward, LPN and Karen Simms, RN. Inpatient Services Coordinator; Catherine Coombs, RN and Karen
GRENFELL OF LABRADOR BACK IN PRINT PHOTO TRIVIA
The best-selling biography of This issue:
Wilfred Grenfell, by Ronald Rompkey,
is now back in print. To order your Q: Name the gentleman shown in this photo. What
copy, visit www.mqup.mcgill.ca. Ronald was his role in the facility in which he worked?
Rompkey is a University Research Pro-
fessor, Department of English, Memorial
University of Newfoundland. He is the
author or editor of eleven books, includ-
ing three others on Labrador.
When British doctor Wilfred Gren-
fell arrived in Newfoundland in 1892 to
provide medical service to migrant fish-
erman, he had no clear sense of who his
patients were or how they lived - a few
weeks on the Labrador coast changed
that. Struck by both the rugged beauty of the place and the dif-
ficulties faced by those who lived there, Grenfell devoted the rest Last issue:
of his life to improving theirs. At first an evangelical missionary of
the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fisherman, Grenfell became
part of philanthropic movements on both sides of the Atlantic. Rais- Q: Name the buildings shown in this picture. Where
ing funds in Canada and the United States, he founded a network of are they located?
hospitals, nursing stations, schools, and home industries that exists
in a modified form to this day. In 1908, the story of his survival after
a night marooned on a drifting patch of ice transformed him into
a popular hero. He eventually became one of the most successful
lecturers of his time.
Ronald Rompkey tells the story of Grenfell’s education, his
Anglo-Saxonism, and his devotion to broader issues of hygiene and
public health. Above all, Rompkey shows that Grenfell went beyond
being a doctor or a missionary to become a cultural politician who A: These buildings were known as the Mission Ga-
intervened in a colonial culture. Grenfell of Labrador provides a rages, located in North West River.
vivid picture of the man himself and the social movements through
which he worked.
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FROM THE HOMES
John M. Gray Centre, St. Anthony
World Elder Abuse Day Residents and staff at Summer Gardening
the John M. Gray Centre
gathered on June 15, 2009
to recognize World Elder
and staff were quite
Abuse Awareness Day. Both
busy preparing and
residents and staff celebrated
this special day with a social
to display outside
and a special presentation by
and beautify the
Darlene Rice (Anti-Violence
grounds of the John
Coordinator for the Northern
M. Gray Centre. A
Committee Against Violence),
special thank you to
focusing on topics pertain-
L-R: Summer student Charlene Kinsella and resi- all the residents who
L-R: Residents Ralph Hoddinott, Phyllis ing to elder abuse. Special dents Boyd Pilgrim and Ambrose Curl prepared participated in this
Patey and Ada Pynn listened attentively thanks are extended to all for an afternoon of planting. activity.
to a presentation on elder abuse. those who made this event a
Baking Buddies Fruit Loop Bird Feeders
The Baking Earlier this
Buddies program summer, residents
continues to be a and staff made bird
success. Recently, feeders to hang
participants got in the trees sur-
together to try rounding the John
their hand at mak- M. Gray Centre.
ing a fruit pizza. Residents thor-
The residents oughly enjoyed the
were anxious afternoon while
to receive what preparing and
turned out to be a constructing these
L-R: Nursing student Joanne Hiller (left), resident delicious treat! L-R: Florence Randell, (resident), Joanne Hillier
(Nursing Student), Flossie Cassell (resident), Teena colorful fruit loop
Flossie Cassell (centre) and PT/OT Assistant Teena
Patey (right) prepared ingredients for a fruit pizza at Patey (PT/OT Assistant) and Edna Pilgrim (resident). bird feeders.
the Baking Buddies program.
A Day at the Cabin
Residents at the John
M. Gray Centre have been
enjoying their day trips to the
cabin this summer. The fresh
summer air and a barbecue
lunch make the day at the
Senior’s Cabin near Pistolet
Back, l-r: Bertha Simms, James Pardy,
Boyd Pilgrim and Alysha Powell (Nurs-
ing Student). Front, l-r: Flossie Cassell,
Gordon Alyward, Ambrose Curl and
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FROM THE HOMES
Harry L. Paddon Memorial Home, Happy Valley - Goose Bay
Residents Benefit from new Exercise Annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk
at the Paddon Edmunds
been having out with
lots of fun try- the new
ing out some hand-held
twice a week at
On June 8, 2009, residents, family and staff walked from
the Paddon Home to the Town Hall in Happy Valley-Goose Bay,
where a lunch and refreshments were provided. The weather was
great and the residents enjoyed chatting with the town hall staff.
This walk takes place annually, in an effort to raise awareness of
Alzheimer ’s disease.
Canada Day Lawn Festival
Abel and Juliana Lidd
enjoyed the Canada Day
Lawn Festival, held annually
at the Paddon Home. The
residents enjoyed a barbe-
cue potluck, entertainment,
Pearl Baikie (L) and Lorraine Saunders enjoy exercises with the bingo, games and prizes for
new rubber resistance bands. all ages.
Q: Who wrote the book “Northern Nurse”?
Q: In which community did Dr. Harry Paddon use a house as a winter hospital prior to building a permanent hospital in
North West River in 1915?
A: From 1912-15, prior to building a permanent hospital in North West River, Dr. Harry Paddon used a house in the
community of Mud Lake to serve as a winter hospital.
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Christy Bussey Cory Jenkins
Christy is from St. Lunaire, NL. She Cory grew up in Englee, NL and after gradu-
finished high school in 2004 and went to on ating high school, moved to Ontario, where he
to Corner Brook to complete a Bachelor of worked in the industrial field for over seven years.
Nursing degree, graduating in 2009. After starting a family, he decided to return to his
Christy will be working with Labrador- roots.
Grenfell Health as a Registered Nurse at the Cory has accepted an EMR II position, based
Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. at the White Bay Central Health Centre in Rod-
Anthony. Welcome Christy and all the best dickton-Bide Arm. He notes he is very excited
in your new position. to be back in Newfoundland and Labrador with
his family and working with Labrador-Grenfell
Health. Welcome back, Cory. Best wishes in your new position.
Dulcie White Gaye Ropson
Dulcie is from Reef’s Harbour, NL and is Originally from Great Harbour Deep, Gaye
married with one daughter. In the past, she moved to St. Anthony in 2002. She returned to
has been employed with several local busi- school in 2007 and completed a two-year Office
nesses, carrying out cleaning duties in a fish Administration course. She has accepted a
plant, a hotel and gas bar. She has recently position with Labrador-Grenfell Health, working
accepted a casual Domestic Worker posi- in the clerical pool in St. Anthony and will be
tion with Labrador-Grenfell Health and will providing relief in the Diagnostic Services area.
be working at the Strait of Belle Isle Health Gaye noted she completed her on-the-job-
Centre in Flower’s Cove. training here at Labrador-Grenfell Health and
Welcome to Labrador-Grenfell Health, Dulcie. We it was a wonderful experience. She looks forward to working
hope you enjoy working with us. here and being part of the staff. Welcome Gaye, and all the
best in your position.
Heather Robottom Joy Troy
Heather was born in Channel, Port Joy is from Goose Cove, NL. She graduat-
aux Basques but moved to Lewisporte as a ed high school in 2004 and has been attend-
child, where she lived most of her life. She ing school in St. John’s since that time.
graduated from Western Memorial School Joy has accepted a position as X-ray
of Nursing in Corner Brook in 1992. She Technologist working at the Charles S. Curtis
moved to Alberta in 2006 and worked Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony. Welcome
there until February 2009. She has work Joy. We hope you enjoy working with Labra-
experience in both Long Term Care and dor-Grenfell Health.
Emergency. Heather moved to Happy Valley-Goose Bay with
her daughter, Laura Lee where she has accepted a full time
float position working on the Inpatient Unit at the Labra-
dor Health Centre. Welcome to Labrador-Grenfell Health,
Heather. We hope you and your daughter enjoy your new
Virginia moved to St. Anthony from Eddies Cove East in 1975 and began working at Grenfell Handicrafts
until January 2007. After being laid off, she decided to return to school and completed a two-year Office
Administration program at the College of the North Atlantic in St. Anthony.
Virginia has accepted a position as Clerical Support Worker and is currently working in the Finance De-
partment. She notes she is looking forward to this new challenge.
Welcome to Labrador-Grenfell Health, Virginia, and good luck in your new position.
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Curling Fun Night
On April 6, 2009 Labrador-Grenfell
Health staff in Happy Valley-Goose Bay
hosted a curling fun night and potluck.
Sixteen teams registered, for a maximum
of 64 people taking part. This would
normally constitute a two-day bonspiel;
however, the staff were creative and
crammed it into three hours of amateur
When people started arriving with
their potluck items, it seemed like the
food would never stop, with enough
wings, meatballs and dips for everyone!
Other employees who were not curling
also dropped by to view the event. It Leeann Young (left) and Kelly Janes enjoyed an
was a great night and everyone had evening of curling.
an excellent time. There was even one
very spirited team that arrived in matching track suits and knee-high wool socks!
Team “Rock out with your Socks Out” (l-r): Dr. Ian
This event was so successful that there will likely be another curling event
Whetter, Dr. Jeff Patterson, Steven Janes and Dr. Gabe
Woolam. planned for November.
Spring Coffee Break Canada Health Day
The Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital On May 12, 2009, staff at the Captain William Jackman
Social Committee sponsored a Spring Coffee Break and Memorial Hospital celebrated Canada Health Day by enjoy-
Secret Pal Gift Exchange on Wednesday April 8, 2009. ing a healthy coffee break sponsored by the CWJ Employee
Staff gathered in the cafeteria where they enjoyed coffee Wellness Committee and the dietary department. Everyone
and snacks. Surprise gifts were distributed to those who enjoyed a variety of foods from the four food groups. Door
participated in the secret pal gift exchange. prizes were donated by the Labrador Regional Wellness Coali-
tion. Many thanks are extended to all those who participated.
CWJ Employee Wellness Committee
L-R: Tina Elliot, Pat Gould, Danyelle Lavers and Beverly Russell.
Jessica Morey (left) and Karen Bruce choose a healthy snack during the
Canada Health Day coffee break at the Captain William Jackman Memorial
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Miles in May Staff BBQ at Labrador City
The Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital held its 19th
From May 1 to 31, 2009, employees at the Captain
Annual Staff Barbecue on June 30, 2009. The event was held out-
William Jackman Memorial Hospital walked to Edmonton,
side on the front lawn near the hospital. Thank you to the face
Alberta! The Miles in May Challenge was a huge success
painters and to Ticker Tom who joined in the fun and distributed
with almost 90 participants walking a total of 2161.545
coloring sheets and stickers to children who were in attendance.
miles (3478.67 km). Congratulations to all those who took
The children also enjoyed making ice cream sundaes, received
part this year.
McDonald’s gift certificates and chances to win prizes. The event
was reported to be very successful and, thanks to the fantastic
weather, was enjoyed by the many staff and family members in
attendance – one of the biggest groups ever! Our thanks to all
those who helped in the preparation, cooking the meal and the
clean-up that day.
Danyelle Lavers, Primary Health Care Facilitator (left) and An-
nette Parsons, Community Health Educator (right) present Karen
Andrews, RN, with a gift in recognition of her achievement. Karen
recorded the highest personal distance at 430 km.
Employees and their families gathered for the 19th Annual Staff Barbecue at the
Social Committee Hosts BBQ in Forteau
On June 23, 2009 Labrador
South Health Centre’s Social Com-
mittee hosted a barbecue for staff
and their families at Kay Buckle’s
(LPN) cottage. There was a great
turnout for the event and the
weather was wonderful. Enter-
tainment provided Kay Buckle,
LPN; Sabrina Hancock, Dental As-
sistant; Laurie Roberts, RN and Dr.
Knizer, Dentist was fully enjoyed
by those who attended.
These chefs were kept busy at the bar-
becue (l-r): Ron Griffin, Maintenance
Repairer; Darren Buckle, Paramedic; Levi Employees and their families gathered for the Labrador South Health
Snook, Lab/X-Ray Technician and Joe Centre staff barbecue.
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An Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
workshop was offered at the Captain William Jackman
Memorial Hospital on June 23 and 24, 2009. Thanks are ex-
tended to Trudy Coles (Flower’s Cove) and Michelle Parsons
(Happy Valley-Goose Bay), the workshop presenters, for
traveling to Labrador West to provide this training.
Participating in the ASIST workshop were: (front,
l-r): Deneice Haines and Pam Coombs; (second
row, l-r): Shirley Canning, Carla Kennedy, Karla
Richards, Shelley Cormier, Florence Ballard
and Michelle Parsons (Presenter). Back ( l-r):
Bernadette Myles, Nicole Northcott, Trudy Coles
(Presenter), Debbie Pickett, Peggy Muggridge,
Dena Hobbs and Robert Patten.
Promoting Food Safety TCI
On May 14, 2009, the Director of Environmental Health, Gwen El- Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
liott, delivered the Not-for-Profit Organization’s Guide for Food Safety training was held in St. Anthony on June 17
presentation with thirteen of the Nunatsiavut Government’s health and 18, 2009, with 10 people in attendance.
employees in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. This training is provided by This two-day workshop provides partici-
Labrador-Grenfell Health, upon request, in an attempt to provide key pants with increased knowledge and skills
messaging on safe food practices for volunteer organizations within on how to intervene in situations where
the region. This is the fifth such presentation offered in the region over a person is at increased risk of aggressive
the past two years. behavior.
Participating in the food safety training were (clockwise, l-r): June Chiasson, Jennifer Hefler-
Elson, Sadie Wolfrey, Debbie Blake, Janice Allen, Kelly Jacobs, Justine Obed, Heather Barnes,
Paula Williams, Bessie Allingham, Sheila Wentzell, Peggy Rosie and Carla Blake.
Practicing their newly-learned techniques are (l-r):
Sheranne Hann, RN; Jennifer Hillier, RN and Bernice
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Fire and Emergency Services Training
Fire and Emergency Services training was held in St. Anthony from June 16 to 18, 2009. Greg Lynch from Fire and Emergency
Services instructed managers, regional coordinators, fire marshals and deputy fire marshals at the three-day event. Training
involved an overview of:
• Health Care Facility Codes and Standards
• Fire and Life Safety
• Fire Problem – Events and Causes
• Fire – what are the consequences?
• National Fire Code and Life Safety Code Emergency Planning Requirements
• Emergency Planning
• Evacuation of Health Care Facilities
• Fire Protection Features
• Staff Fire Prevention
• Hands-on with Portable Fire Extinguishers
Participants in the Fire and
Emergency Services training
included: (front, standing,
Harold Butt and Ronald
Griffin; (front, kneeling, l-r):
Randy Cull, Judy Applin
Poole and Carl Kippenhuck.
Second row (l-r): Gary
Richards, Cornelia Linstead,
Julie Nicholas, Barbara Elliott,
Daryl Scott, Wanda Pilgrim,
Rita Reardon, Roxanne
Elliott, Glenda Patey, Anne
Alyward and Marcella Sim-
monds. Third row (l-r): Hank
Diamond, Jason Carroll,
Christopher Patey, Jamie
Carroll, Ted Rumbolt, Maurice
Simms, Gerald Chubbs, Josée
Morel, Leaton Johnson and
PALS On May 26 and 27, 2009, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training
was conducted for the first time at St. Anthony. Instructors for the course
were Dr. Padma Guntamukkala, Valerie Rowsell, RN, and Denise Reardon,
RN. The objectives of the course were to:
• Learn/review Pediatric Basic Life Support.
• Learn to recognize and manage an infant or child at risk for cardiopul-
• Learn strategies for the prevention of cardiopulmonary arrest in infants
• Perfect the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for resuscitation
and stabilization of the infant or child in respiratory failure, shock or
The training is intended for all health care professionals caring for Pediatric
Participants in the PALS training (l-r): Dr. Kofi Amu-Darko, Dr.
Hoi Kwan Lee, Monica Sinyard (RN) and Dr. Padma Guntamuk-
patients and will be conducted twice yearly in St. Anthony.
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This summer, Julie Nicholas, COO (South) had an opportunity to visit the Community Clinics and Health Centres in the
southern part of the region, to present employees achieving milestones in service with their annual service awards. The awards
took place during the annual staff barbecues at each location.
Joanne Bridle (Public Health Nurse, Port Hope Elizabeth Hicks (Personal Care Attendant, Port
Simpson) accepted her five-year service award from Hope Simpson) accepted a 15-year service
Donnie Sampson (left), Clinical Coordinator- South award.
and Julie Nicholas, COO (South).
Annie Poole, Personal Care Attendant, St. Lewis (left), Ted Rumbolt, Maintenance Repairer, Mary’s Harbour (centre) Carl Kippenhuck, Maintenance Repairer, Char-
lottetown were presented with 20-year service awards. Missing from photos: Gerald Chubbs (Maintenance Repairer, St. Lewis - 25 years).
Flower’s Cove Roddickton
The annual staff barbecue and presentation of service awards was held at the White
Bay Central Health Centre in Roddickton on June 25, 2009. During this event, Cindy
Employees at the Strait of Belle Isle Health Centre gathered for their an- May, Registered Nurse (left), was presented with a 10-year service award while Trent
nual staff barbecue and presentation of awards: (back row, standing, l-r): Decker, Paramedic (right) was presented with a five-year service award.
Jarvis Canning, Richard Dempster, Dr. A.F. Yass, Madonna Coates, Dorothy
Dredge, Georgette Tatchell, Beulah Gibbons, Bernadette Lake, Anne Cot-
ton and Hank Diamond. Sitting (l-r): Julie Nicholas, Darlene McLean (15
years service), Margie Rossiter and Peggy Gibbons.
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Carol Roberts Cora Snow
Carol Roberts (nee Pearce) retired Cora Snow retired
from her position as Lead Laboratory from Labrador-Grenfell
Technologist III at the Charles S. Curtis Health on June 30, 2009
Memorial Hospital on June 30, 2009, after 37 years of service.
after working in the Medical Labora- Cora has been through
tory Department for over 31 years. the various transi-
During Carol’s work life at CSCMH, she tions and the changes
had held positions as a Medical Labora- from the International
tory Technologist I and II, moving up Grenfell Association
to the Assistant Chief Technologist in to Grenfell Regional
the department, and finally filling the Health Services, and
Lead Medical Laboratory Technologist now Labrador-Grenfell
III post for several years until her recent Health. During her time
retirement. with the organization,
Carol started work in the Laboratory at CSCMH on De- she worked in several
cember 17, 1977. Prior to her employment in St. Anthony, she departments, beginning
worked in the St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario for two in the Medical Records
Cora cuts her retirement cake with her
years in their Biochemistry Department. Carol had completed supervisor, Dr. Kweku Dankwa.
Department, then in the
her training as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in 1974-75 at Purchasing Department
the Fanshawe College in Ontario and successfully completed and eventually in Pathology, where she stayed for 29 years.
her Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science registra- During her time as Secretary with the Pathology Depart-
tion exams in 1975. ment, Cora participated in the transformation and expansion
Although she has retired, Carol is extremely busy with her of the department. In addition, she has held a number of
other career as a local artist. Her work can be seen in local gift other responsibilities outside her role as Secretary. She has
shops and is part of the Newfoundland heritage that she fully been involved with and played an active role in Continuing
adopted several years ago when she married and raised her Medical Education and in coordinating programming for Medi-
children in St. Anthony. Carol’s rock houses, lighthouses and cal Students and Residents for the past several years. Cora
buildings can now be found all over the world, and will never will be greatly missed and we wish her the very best in her
wear out or fade with time. Good luck, Carol. We all wish you a retirement.
wonderful retirement and many happy hours of painting.
Dr. Kweku Dankwa
Wendy Christenssen Associate VP, Medical Services/Pathologist
Regional Director of Diagnostic Services
Felix started working at the Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony in February 1975. He initially
began as a Security Guard and in1982 he transferred to the Outpatient Department to work as an Ambu-
lance Driver and Bus Driver, which included transporting patients and staff to and from the airport. In
1984, he attended the Emergency Medical Attendant training program at the Health Sciences Center
and worked as a Paramedic in the Emergency Department. In addition to this role, in January 2000, he
began providing temporary relief to the Air Operations Department as an Aircraft Dispatcher. In 2002,
Felix accepted a full-time position as an Aircraft Dispatcher and continued in this role until his retirement
in April 2009.
Felix is certainly well known for his sense of humor. His combination of dependability and willing-
ness to work hard made him a very valuable member of our team. Felix volunteered on various commit-
tees and was also a First Aid and CPR Instructor. I am sure that retirement will mean many days at the
cabin, moose hunting and salmon fishing. We all wish you a long and healthy retirement, Felix.
Ben Farrell, Regional Director of Air Operations
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Gertie Pilgrim Donna Simms
Gertie started work Donna worked as a Nursing
with the St. Anthony In- Aide with the IGA from 1963-68.
terfaith home in Novem- During this time she performed
ber 1978. During her time a variety of duties, including
there, she carried out do- food services, domestic and
mestic and laundry duties. laundry. She later worked at the
When the Interfaith Home St. Anthony Interfaith Home as
amalgamated with GRHS, a Nursing Assistant I. In 1997,
Gertie moved to the John Donna transferred to the John
M. Gray Centre and con- M. Gray Center as a Domestic
tinued these same duties Worker and in 2007, she moved
at that facility. Gertie later to a position in the Laundry De-
moved to the Laundry De- partment at the Charles S. Curtis
partment at the Charles S. Memorial Hospital. Donna was a
Curtis Memorial Hospi- Donna Simms and her grandson loyal and dedicated employee.
Arthur Kinsella (left) presents Gertie
tal, where she remained Cameron accept a retirement gift She retired at the end of June,
Pilgrim with a retirement gift. from Julie Nicholas, COO (South).
until her retirement. Gertie 2009. We wish her all the best in
always performed her work very well and was pleasant to her retirement.
clients and her coworkers - she will surely be missed. We
wish Gertie all the best for a long healthy retirement. Arthur Kinsella, Manager
EVS/Laundry (Aramark), CSCMH
Arthur Kinsella, Manager
EVS/Laundry (Aramark), CSCMH
Janet Baikie Mary Flynn
On April 30, 2009, Janet Mary graduated from the
Baikie retired from her posi- Central Newfoundland Hospital
tion as a Licensed Practical as a Nursing Assistant in 1975
Nurse at the Harry L. Paddon and initially worked at the
Memorial Home. Janet was Janeway from November 1975
very proficient and took great to September 1976, followed
pride in her work. She was by a stint in Halifax, Nova Scotia
known for her professional- with Comcare Canada. In 1978,
ism and thorough nursing she joined the International
care. Having worked for 15 Grenfell Association and has
years as a dedicated member been working with the organi-
of the nursing team, she will zation, in its various forms, ever
be missed by her fellow work- since.
ers and residents of the Paddon Home. Thank you, Janet, During her career as a
for your contributions to our health care team and to the Mary Flynn (left) receives a retirement Licensed Practical Nurse, Mary
gift from Barbara Elliott, Resident Care worked in various areas at the
organization as a whole. We all wish you the very best in
your retirement. Charles S. Curtis Memorial
Hospital, including Obstetrics, Surgery, OPD Reception, Mental
Kimberley White Health, the General Unit and finally, at the John M. Gray Centre.
Regional Director, Long Term Care Services Those who have worked with Mary over the years com-
ment on her quiet personality and organized efficiency, noting
that she always put clients first.
Mary retired on July 31, 2009. We wish her well as she
moves to Corner Brook and hope she continues to enjoy an ac-
tive lifestyle of biking and skiing.
Resident Care Manager
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Tom Simms Marie Hillier
Tom Simms started Marie was hired in
working with the former August, 1959 and worked
GRHS on September with the organization until
17, 1985 as a temporary her retirement on May 29,
Security Guard/Equip- 2009 – nearly 50 years!
ment Operator and on That is something that
October 21, 1985 he few, if any, have ever done.
moved into the position The majority of Marie’s
of Aircraft Dispatcher. career was spent as an
This was in preparation LPN with Surgical Services,
for the new aircraft, GWT and more specifically,
and the service it would in the Operating Room.
Tom Simms (centre) accepts a retirement gift provide. As a former pilot, Marie is described by her
from Ben Farrell (left), Regional Director of Air Tom brought a wealth colleagues as competent,
Operations and Julie Nicholas, COO – South of knowledge to the Marie Hillier takes a moment to relax at dependable, pleasant,
(right). her retirement tea, following 50 years of
position. He had a unique conscientious, courteous,
service with the organization.
understanding of the challenges that the pilots and engineers reliable, and most impor-
would face on a day-to-day basis. His stories of flying through- tantly, an excellent Nurse. Words such as these speak volumes
out Newfoundland and Labrador, in a time when weather about her, both as a professional and as a person. We have
information and services for the support of the planes left a lot been very fortunate to have her with our Nursing Department
to be desired, certainly added to the daily routine. for this length of time and we will miss her excellent work
Tom retired from Labrador-Grenfell Health on January 31, ethic and her quiet, steady ways. On behalf of the Nursing
2009. Ironically, this also coincided with the retirement of the staff, we thank her for her years of service and extend our best
Commander GWT. On behalf of the staff in Air Operations and wishes for a healthy, happy retirement.
throughout Labrador-Grenfell Health, we would like to wish
Tom a healthy and happy retirement and hope that the kettle Sharon Penney, Nursing Site Manager and
boils many more times in his cabin at Bartlett’s Pond. Kerry Decker, Nursing Unit Coordinator, Surgical Services
Ben Farrell, Regional Director of Air Operations
Ruth (Trees) Sampson
Ruth Sampson passed peacefully away at the Labrador Health Centre in Forteau on June 8, 2009.
Born and raised in England, Ruth completed her basic nursing and midwifery education there and went
on to do Nurse Practitioner/Outpost Nursing training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She joined
the International Grenfell Association (later Grenfell Regional Health Services) in 1977 and accepted her first
posting at Port Hope Simpson, Labrador. She worked at the clinic for approximately three to four years before
taking a position with Memorial University, mentoring outpost nursing/midwifery students in the field.
In 1983, a new Health Centre opened in Forteau and Ruth was one of the first five nurses to work there.
She became very active in her nursing career and took her responsibilities willingly. She soon built a lasting
reputation with the people from the area and they were happy to have her as their caregiver. She continued to work at the
Labrador South Health Centre until her retirement in 2001.
Ruth was a special person who touched so many people with her loving and caring disposition. Those who worked with
her knew that her patients were her priority. She worked tirelessly to provide the best care for them in many trying circum-
stances. Her strong clinical skills and judgment, combined with her caring spirit, proved her work ethic to be second to none.
She will be dearly missed by all the staff at the Labrador South Health Center, not only as a colleague and mentor, but also as a
friend. Ruth is survived by her husband Larry and son Jonathan.
Cornelia Linstead, Nursing Coordinator
Labrador South Health Centre
ALONG THE COAST TO LABRADOR - APRIL - JULY, 2009, PAGE 23
COMINGS AND GOINGS
WELCOME TO: GOOD-BYE & GOOD LUCK TO:
Flower’s Cove Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Jarvis Canning EMR II (Temporary Casual) Janet Baikie Licensed Practical Nurse
Carla Lawless Laboratory Assistant (Temporary) Vanessa Edison Social Worker II
Dulcie White Domestic Worker Tracey Humber Licensed Practical Nurse
Forteau Pearl Mackinnon Nurse I
Cindy Dumas Regional Nurse I (Casual) Olive Michelin Licensed Practical Nurse
Megan Pike Community Health Nurse I Nathaniel Pollock Social Worker II (Temporary)
Happy Valley-Goose Bay Keith Russell Maintenance Repairer I
Robert Andrews Manager of Accounting Tracey Ward Behavior/Child Management Specialist
Roger Briffett Trades Helper (Temporary) Pamela Watson Social Worker II
Danette Fox Social Worker Assistant (Temporary) Hopedale
Rebecca Fudge Nurse I Charlotte Courage Social Worker II
Patricia Gill Nurse I Nain
Ken Grant Health Emergency Dorothy Bragg Nurse Practitioner
Management Coordinator Katie Dicker Clerk III
Kerri Lynn Hann Nurse I Sheshatushiu and North West River
Corwin Hayter Trades Helper (Temporary) Lisa Pastuck Community Health Nurse
Mandy Hope Youth Care Counselor Labrador City
Shelley Mcafee Nurse I Bradley Brazill Diagnostic Imaging Technician (Temporary)
Melissa Parsons Nurse I Marnie Daigle Admitting Clerk
Megan Riggs Nurse I Anna Filippi Licensed Practical Nurse
Heather Rowbottom Nurse I Barbara Hancock Nurse I
Gail Savoury Nurse I Maisie Hoben Nurse I
Anne-Marie St. Germain Nurse I Diane Lyon Stenographer II
Jessica Wall Social Assistance Worker (Temporary) Sheila Oates Community Health Nurse
Amy Warren Nurse I Heather Vincent Nurse I
Janice White Community Injury Prevention Joan Wicks Nurse I
Jenna Williams Lab Technologist I St. Anthony
Hopedale Marie Hillier OR Nurse (Retired)
Ben Mitsuk Community Service Worker Carol Roberts Laboratory Technologist III (Retired)
Labrador City Donna Simms Domestic/Laundry Worker (Retired)
Lindsay Brown Nurse I Cora Snow Secretary, Pathology/Laboratory (Retired)
Sarah Frank Clinical Dietitian (Temporary) St. Lewis
Janice Rose Hann Nurse I Debra Lee Ropson Regional Nurse I
Selina Parsons Nurse I
Shirley McCarthy Regional Nurse
Nain Summer Students
Hilary Blake Social Work Assistant (Temporary) The following is a list of summer students working with Labrador-Gren-
Basil Todd Hynes Behavior/Child Management Specialist fell Health. We thank them for their contributions to our organization
Regina Scholte Social Worker II and wish them every success as they continue their studies.
Port Hope Simpson Flower’s Cove St. Anthony
Larry Sampson Trades Helper I (Temporary) Terri Lynn Toope Nursing Natalie Blake Nursing
Roddickton Forteau Chrisoula Budgell Nursing
Kirby Hancock Trades Worker I (Temporary) Tracey Trimm Nursing Sarah Bussey Nursing
Cory Jenkins EMR II (Temporary Casual) Maggie Maxwell Nursing Natania Campbell Nursing
Sheshatushiu and North West River Kimberley Swan Nursing Terri Lynn Flynn Nursing
Natasha Hurley Social Worker Assistant (Temporary) Happy Valley-Goose Bay Courtney Gibbons Nursing
Kristine Jack Clerk I (Temporary) Kristin Williams Nursing Dinah Hedderson Nursing
Ashley Rideout Community Health Nurse Andrea Hughes Nursing Joanne Hillier Nursing
St. Anthony Ashley Keefe Nursing Stacey Kean Nursing
Joetta Adams Laboratory Assistant (Temporary) Amanda Neville CYFS Trudy Kearney Nursing
Brenda Best Clerical Support (Temporary Casual) Giselle Russell Diagnostic Samantha Keats Nursing
Marie Byrne Licensed Practical Nurse (Temporary Casual) Imaging Erica Parr Nursing
Sabrina Cull Registered Nurse Alex Ryan Pharmacy Ryan Patey Nursing
Michelle Dean Registered Nurse Nicole Blake Nursing Genista Pike Nursing
Jim Decker Trades Worker Nancy Burton Pharmacy Alysha Powell Nursing
Karen Dunphy Registered Nurse Labrador City/Wabush Samantha Ricks Nursing
Virginia Parrill Clerical Support ((Temporary Casual) Stephanie Decker CYFS Kathryn Smith Social Work
Sabrena Parsons Lab Assistant (Temporary) Ryan Joy Nursing St. Lewis
Joyce Richards Clerical Support (Temporary Casual) Nicole Northcott CYFS Nicole Strugnell Healthy
Gaye Ropson Clerical Support (Temporary Casual) Brittany Rowe Diagnostic Living
Lana Whalen Clerical Support (Temporary Casual) Imaging
Angela White Respiratory Therapist (Temporary) Roddickton
Danielle Patey Social Work
PAGE 24, ALONG THE COAST TO LABRADOR - APRIL - JULY, 2009
FROM THE PAST
CAPTAIN ROBERT A. BARTLETT
By Albert T. Gould - Excerpts from Among the Deep Sea Fishers - January 1946
When Captain Robert Abram Bartlett died suddenly in New York When the “Neptune” swung to her anchor, MacMillan rowed
on April 28, 1946, the Grenfell Mission lost a true and greatly loved off to her and saw a familiar figure pacing her bridge. He hailed
friend. the bridge with, “Is that you, Bob?” An immediate answer came
When Captain Bob came back from the Arctic in 1898 at back in Bob’s unmistakable, high-pitched voice: “Of course! Who
the age of 22 as mate of Peary’s ship “Windward,” he sailed in the blazes do you think it is?”
right into the hearts of the American people, a place he held In addition to his veneration of Admiral Peary and his stal-
for the rest of his life. He was born to the sea in the rocky, wart support of him during the trying months until Peary’s claim
windswept fishing village of Brigus in Conception Bay, New- to the discovery of the Pole was firmly established, Captain Bob
foundland, and came of good seafaring stock. Although his had two great loves in his life - one was his mother and the other
mother, who influenced his life more than any other person, his love of the schooner, “Effie M. Morrissey.” He was a devoted
wanted him to be a minister, he could not resist the call of the son and never sailed north without putting into Brigus to visit
sea. his mother as long as she lived. Always he brought her a pres-
Many years ago, Captain Bob and Sir Wilfred (Grenfell) became ent, sometimes a cow, once a piano, always a gift he knew would
fast friends. Each recognized in the other those sterling qualities which please her. During the 22 years he owned the 2-masted, 98-foot
bind men together in the brotherhood of the sea. In conversation and Essex-built schooner “Effie M. Morrissey,” she was, as he said, his
on the lecture platform, Captain Bob never missed an opportunity to “home, office, and magic carpet.” Together they faced danger
express his admiration of Sir Wilfred and the work of the Mission. For unafraid and explored icy fastnesses that scarcely any white men
many years, he was a valued director of the Grenfell Association of had ever penetrated. In the epilogue to Bob’s book, “Sails over
America. Ice,” he said he loved the old “Effie M.” as a man loves the ship he
In conferring an honorary degree of Master of Arts on Captain owns and sails in and with which he has shared common dan-
Bob in 1920, President Sills of Bowdoin College referred to him as the gers and pleasures. Then he added, “She’s not as young as she
“loyal and brave companion of Peary on the trip to the Pole, reach- used to be, but neither am I.” The “Morrissey” will miss his hand
ing the farthest North of any man of the white race except the great on her wheel and his ringing voice shouting orders to the crew.
explorer himself; courageous seafarer and explorer.” An excellent editorial in the New York Times states that
Though honoured by many scientific societies, and even offered “although Bob Bartlett was born in the nineteenth century he
knighthood by the King of England, he always remained the modest, was in truth an Elizabethan.” Certainly the lusty sea dogs of the
friendly Bob Bartlett who had early endeared himself to all of us. sixteenth century would have recognized him as one of their
Captain Bob commanded a troop transport and an ammunition own; but in spirit and in deed he was also truly a child of the Ho-
ship during the First World War and held a commission as lieutenant meric age. He was in fact a modern Odysseus who wandered far
commander in the United States Naval Reserve. During World War II, by land and sea and had many adventures. He knew the depths
the“Morrissey,”under Captain Bob’s command, rendered valuable ser- of the sea and its powers. Undaunted, he faced the wrath of the
vice to the country in establishing military bases in the far North. On gods when Poseidon stirred its mighty waters. It was by no mere
many occasions, Captain Bob had to negotiate uncharted channels coincidence that for many years he kept on board the “Morrissey”
leading to these bases. George Palmer’s translation of the Odyssey. He read it frequently
Combined with his superb seamanship, he had a keen sense of during his watches below and often quoted from it.
humor. Once, when MacMillan had been isolated in the Arctic for four Captain Bob had faced death so often during his adventur-
years, and two other ships, which had been sent North to bring him ous life that he did not fear it when it came at last. He had a
and his companion out, had to turn back on account of the ice, Bob cheerful philosophy of life and courage to meet whatever befell.
Bartlett was finally engaged, for everyone knew that like Peary, Bob In a recent letter he wrote: “When we leave, as we came, all we
would either find a way or make one. In the old Newfoundland sealer, brought in and out is what we hold in our clenched fists.”
“Neptune,”Bob successfully bucked the ice of Baffin’s Bay and Smith
Sound and anchored off MacMillan’s base.
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