The long-term care facility owned and operated by the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) has a new, permanent Administrator.
During a special UCPR Council meeting held on August 11, the appointment of Eric Larocque as Administrator of the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury was confirmed.
On July 7, council had accepted the resignation of previous Administrator Alexandre Gorman, which took effect on July 25.
“I would like to acknowledge Mr. Gorman’s remarkable professionalism, courage, and determination throughout his time at the UCPR and, more specifically, during the pandemic,” said UCPR Chief Administrative Officer Stéphane Parisien.
“Despite his young age and extraordinary circumstances, he provided great leadership, led his troops, and ensured the safety of residents with success. We sincerely thank him for his exceptional work and wish him all the best in his professional and personal endeavours,” added Parisien.
Larocque has been employed by the UCPR for 21 years, including 13 years as Superintendent and as Deputy Chief of Emergency Services since 2019. He championed several major projects, including the deployment of defibrillators in Prescott and Russell, the launch of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and the coordination of regional emergency measures.
“With the construction of the new Residence currently underway, the shortage of health care professionals, and the ongoing pandemic, the challenges ahead for Mr. Larocque are significant,” UCPR Warden Daniel Lafleur said.
However, Mr. Larocque’s extensive health care experience and his outstanding management skills make him the ideal candidate to maintain our residents’ safety and quality of life,” Lafleur remarked.