Timmins, ON, May 2, 2016 – From hospitals to long-term care homes and from clinics to a patient’s home, Ontario doctors are making a difference in the lives of their patients every day by providing high-quality care when it’s needed.
In fact, more than 320,000 patients are treated and cared for by a doctor in Ontario every day. To recognize Ontario’s 28,000 practicing physicians, the annual Doctors’ Day campaign kicked off today. During the month of May, patients and their families are invited to celebrate Doctors’ Day by adding their name through OntarioDoctors.com or by tweeting #PatientsFirst #DocsRock.
“I want to thank my colleagues for what they do day in and day out for patient care”, says Dr. Harry Voogjarv, Chief of Staff and VP of Medicine, Timmins and District Hospital. “The physicians are dedicated and compassionate and always make the time to mentor the medical learners who come through our doors. I am proud to call them my friends and peers”.
“Our physicians make a positive difference in the lives of their patients and families; Doctor’s Day is a great way to acknowledge their efforts”, said Dr. Andrew Touw, President of the Medical Staff, Timmins and District Hospital.
The Timmins and District Hospital is proud to say “thanks” to the 88 doctors who help serve our families and community. “We are fortunate to have so many talented physicians treating and caring for our patients”, said Blaise MacNeil, President and CEO, Timmins and District Hospital. “As the Hospital works hard to recruit more family physicians and specialists in Timmins, it’s important to acknowledge and thank them for their dedication and commitment to providing compassionate, high quality patient-centered care”.
To show the Timmins and District Hospital’s appreciation a few different activities took place including photos of staff thanking doctors, a station for patients and staff to write personalized thank you cards to be given to their physician, and thank you cards to each doctor from the Timmins and District Hospital.
Doctor’s Day in Ontario began in 2011 after the Ontario Legislature passed a motion to formally recognize the incredible work and contribution of physicians. May 1st was chosen to celebrate Doctor’s Day because it marks the birthday of the first female physician in Canada, Dr. Emily Stowe.
The Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) 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 and mental health services as well extensive health education and district services.
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