Patients in Timmins Award Two Exceptional Providers

TIMMINS, February 28, 2017 – Patients and family caregivers in Timmins were given the opportunity to nominate their providers for a Patients’ Choice Award, a unique initiative where patients submit narrative-based nominations that explain how their provider practice the kind of care that patients value. A patient jury acknowledged Dr. Rachel Maisonneuve and Dr. Jean-Luc Ethier as the two winners.

Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) partnered with Patients Canada and the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) to host the award, and a special ceremony to honor the winners took place on Wednesday, February 22.

“The Patients’ Choice Awards recognize physicians who exemplify qualities such as compassion, quality care, and dedication to their patient’s wellbeing” said Dr. Harry Voogjarv, Chief of Staff/VP Medicine, Timmins and District Hospital.

“We are very fortunate in this community to have a team of collegial physicians who go the extra mile for their patients and make significant contributions to the health and well-being of their community.   I would like to congratulate this year’s winners and thank Patient’s Canada and the OMA for bringing these awards to Timmins”.

Dr. Rachel Maisonneuve has been a Family Physician in Timmins since July 1991.   She completed both her medical school and residency training through McMaster University.   She practiced GP Obstetrics for the first many years of her practice, and also worked as a Hospitalist and did surgical assisting.  She continues to run a very busy full time family practice office.  

Dr. Jean-Luc Ethier has been practicing as the sole full time Otolaryngologist (ENT surgeon) in Timmins since the summer of 2006.   His undergraduate medical school studies were done at the University of Ottawa and he completed his residency training at Dalhousie University in Halifax.   

Michael Decter, Board Chair of Patients Canada added, “We’re thrilled that numerous patients and caregivers in Timmins took the time to nominate their physicians for a Patients’ Choice Award. The winning physicians Dr. Rachel Maisonneuve and Dr. Jean-Luc Ethier demonstrated their commitment to putting patients first in Timmins. The value of the Patients' Choice Awards is in how it identifies the qualities of patient and family-centred care, and through this we better understand what matters to patients.”

The OMA is a proud sponsor of the Patient’s Canada Awards and extends it sincere congratulations to Dr. Maisonneuve and Dr. Ethier.

Timmins and District Hospital is a level C, fully accredited community, referral and teaching hospital serving the residents of the City of Timmins and Cochrane District as well as the adjoining areas of the Temiskaming, Sudbury and Algoma districts. The hospital offers a full range of medical, surgical, critical care, maternity, newborn, pediatric, long-term care, mental health and diagnostic imaging services.

Patients Canada is a national organization that fosters collaboration between patients, family caregivers and the healthcare community. As a network of patients and family caregivers, we believe that working in collaboration with the healthcare system can lead to real, effective change – change that will improve everyone’s experience with healthcare.

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents over 34,000 physicians and medical students across the province. Ontario’s doctors work closely with patients to encourage healthy living practices and illness prevention. In addition to delivering front-line services to patients, Ontario’s doctors play a significant role in helping shape health care policy, as well as implementing initiatives that strengthen and enhance Ontario’s health care system.


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Daniel McIntyre
Patients Canada
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Quinn Thomson
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Timmins and District Hospital
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Matt McNama
Media Relations
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