The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) is pleased to announce the nomination of Dr. Thomas Maxwell as the Medical Director at the Prescott and Russell Residence, effective April 1, 2018.

Dr. Maxwell will be responsible for advising the Residence on questions relating to the medical care provided to the residents, to consult with the Director of Care and the healthcare professionals who provide care at the Residence, and to mobilize the medical team in planning a strategic approach to integrated and personalized care based on the needs of the residents.

“On behalf of all our residents and our entire team, we welcome Dr. Maxwell and wish him the greatest success within his new role at our long-term care facility,” explained Louise Lalonde, Administrator at the Prescott and Russell Residence, and Gary J. Barton, Chair of the Prescott and Russell Residence Committee.

Dr. Maxwell will favour interdisciplinary activities and will have an advisory role with the medical care and nursing care teams, as well as with all the partners providing care at the Residence.  As Medical Director, he will also participate on and advise the Ethics Committee as well as several other internal committees.

“I intend to act as a leader, scholar, communicator, expert and most of all, an advocate for the residents. If we can treat people with dignity, respect and comfort, and can provide them with the care that they require, then we can support our residents as well as the loved ones that support them, right here in their home,” stated Dr. Maxwell.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa Medical School in 1982, Dr. Maxwell subsequently completed an internship at the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary. He served two years as a flight surgeon and acting base surgeon at the Canadian Forces Base in Saint-Hubert, Quebec. After one year of general surgery residency, he established a family practice from 1986 to April 2018 in Hawkesbury.

He later assumed the position of Chief of the Emergency Department and Obstetrics at the Hawkesbury General Hospital (HGH) and served as the lead physician for the Hawkesbury Family Health Organization, as well as President of the Lower Outaouais Family Health Team. Finally, he began as a treating physician at the Prescott and Russell Residence in July 2017.