A Holiday Letter to Our Communities


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Deep River and District Hospital, we extend our sincere appreciation to the staff, physicians, volunteers, donors, our Foundation & Auxiliary, as well as the patients and families that we serve, for your support this past year.

It has been an incredibly successful year for the Deep River and District Hospital and with your support we have been able to realize some remarkable achievements. As a result, we have been able to provide exceptional care to patients, families, residents and our community.

Here are some highlights:

• A Provincial Leader in Breast Screening

Cancer Care Ontario has named the Deep River and District Hospital as the top performing facility in the province of Ontario for Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) Wait Times—time from abnormal screen to diagnosis for cases with tissue biopsy for the 2016/2017 fiscal year.


• Additions to Medical Staff
The community welcomed Dr. McLeod to our organization this summer. Dr. McLeod started to build his practice this fall. In early 2018, we anticipate another physician who will joining our team and working in our Emergency Department on a full time basis.

• Silver Award for Healthy Foods
DRDH was the first hospital in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network to reach the Silver level in the Healthy Foods in Champlain Hospitals program. The initiative is to create supportive, healthy food environments by making the healthy choice the easy choice for staff, physicians, visitors, patients, residents and volunteers.

• Patient and Family Advisory Group
The Patient and Family Advisory Group was formed at the end of 2016 and began meeting this year. This group provides input and feedback related to the experience of patients and family as well as sharing ideas and assisting on how to improve care delivery.

• Parking
Thank you to everyone for your understanding as we faced the difficult decision to implement paid parking. Please remember to register your licence plate and pay on arrival (not on departure). All parking revenues go towards maintenance of the parking lot and towards hospital operations.


• Building Upgrades – Chiller and generator
The organization will benefit from infrastructure upgrades that are currently underway. The air conditioning system and emergency generator are being replaced and will be operational in early 2018.

• VISION 2018
The organisation will look to renew its strategic plan in the spring of 2018. The Plan will reflect our commitment to exceptional care.

• Website Refresh
Please visit our updated website at www.drdh.org for more information.

We look forward to building on these significant milestones. With the continued support of all of our communities, we will advance a system of care that meets both the current and future needs of all of our communities.

We also wish to extend our thanks to the Provincial Government, the Champlain LHIN and to all of our health care provider partners in the community for their support.

We wish you and yours a safe, healthy and joyous holiday season.

Dr. Janet Gow (Board Chair) and Richard Bedard (CEO)