Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital (HGMH) shared several developments from the past year at its annual general meeting on June 20.

The developments include receiving “Exemplary” status from Accreditation Canada — the highest level available — as well as the completion of various upgrades and construction projects, and news that two new doctors will join the HGMH in the fall.

Accreditation focuses on everything from organizational aspects like governance and leadership to hospital protocols on infection prevention, and emergency department services.

“Receiving an Accreditation with Exemplary Standing has been a huge achievement for our hospital this year. The accreditation survey takes place every four years, but the work to meet and maintain quality standards is ongoing. It really is a testament to the outstanding work our staff do every day to provide the best possible care to our patients,” says HGMH CEO Linda Morrow. A celebration of this achievement is planned for the summer.

This year also saw the HGMH add three doctor’s offices to the building, an expansion of the rehabilitation treatment space, and a renovation of the nurses’ station. Furthermore, a community donation in memory of Peter Bellware allowed the hospital to replace all table and chairs in the cafeteria.

New physicians Dr. Sara Accardi and Dr. Joanne Lau will be opening their family practices onsite in the newly constructed area in September 2017. Both doctors will also provide care to admitted patients and have the option to take shifts in the Emergency Department, says Dr. Nadia Kucherepa, HGMH’s Chief of Staff.

Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital (HGMH) is a patient-centred primary care hospital located in Alexandria, Ontario which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The hospital and its staff of 150 members provide acute care, complex continuing care, 24-hour emergency services, and rehabilitation to residents in the community.