A Message from Nancy Whitmore	Headshot of a woman with short blonde hair and red lipstick, wearing black, smiling at the camera.

In November 2015, the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) was pleased to announce that it would become one of four District Stroke Centres within the Southwest LHIN. STEGH opened this unit in early April. The District Stroke Centre is a specialized unit on D Wing of the Continuing Care Centre (CCC), dedicated to providing both acute and rehabilitative care for all stroke patients. In this new integrated model, our stroke patients will remain on the same unit, in the same bed, surrounded by health team members with expertise in stroke care to help them through their entire patient journey. This unit meets best practice standards in the delivery of care.

This is an exciting time for our hospital and our community. As well as opening our new Stroke Unit, we also opened our newly renovated Special Care Nursery on the third floor. In the new SCN there have been significant upgrades that will improve the developmental care for all babies during their stay in the unit, including environmental controls for lighting, temperature and noise, as well as security system access at the door. The new physical space also includes an improved nurse call system, the installation of headwalls, ongoing newborn resuscitation space, improved infection control, lockers for parents’ belongings, and space for important private consultations.

During the past fiscal year, STEGH also welcomed 10 new physicians to our hospital. The Redevelopment Project and the highly anticipated new space has made STEGH an attractive choice for professional staff.  Attracting highly skilled, motivated and experienced practitioners has allowed STEGH to continue to provide safe, high quality care to our community.

As a longtime supporter and partner of Trillium Gift of Life, we are now pleased to be actively engaged in organ and tissues retrieval at our hospital, allowing us to honor the wishes of those individuals who express a desire to be a donor.

Safe care is vitally important and to help ensure we deliver this care, STEGH implemented 11 different “Safety Bundles” from Safer Healthcare Now, which is the flagship program of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. CPSI is a not-for-profit organization that exists to raise awareness and facilitate implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve a transformation in patient safety. It is a resource for frontline healthcare providers, health organizations, health quality committees and councils, and health ministries. To learn more about the safety bundles, and other activities at STEGH to advance safe care, click here.

On behalf of the professional staff at STEGH, I thank our community for allowing us the privilege to care for you in our award winning hospital.

Dr. Nancy Whitmore
Chief of Staff

Male physiotherapist and female physiotherapy assistant standing beside a sitting male patient in a hospital room.

Mike Lalonde, physiotherapist, and Vicky Kazmer, physiotherapy assistant, work with patient Henry Marissen in STEGH’s new Stroke Unit. Henry was the first patient to be discharged from the new unit.