All welcome! Please come and see your new collaborative health and wellness facility
Exciting news from the OHC Operations Committee!
The new OHC building is getting close to being finalized. The construction fence is down, the paving is complete, the landscaping is in progress, the interior walls are being painted, the floors are being laid, and all the little finishing touches are in the final stages. We are expecting the furniture to arrive in mid October.
OHC will soon be home to Nova Scotia Health Authority primary care providers---4 Physicians and a Nurse Practitioner who are currently practicing in the community, Nova Scotia Health Authority Mental Health, Addiction, Continuing Care, Public Health and Diabetic Education programs; as well as Blood Collection. Details surrounding providers who will lease space privately are being finalized.
The data base for the Information /Referral service ( OHC forhealth.com) is complete, a training session for those interested in volunteering at OHC as Information Resource Navigators as well as Greeters, has been scheduled for October 21 at 2pm in the Municipal Building. Preliminary work has been done on programming and very shortly we will be confirming programs that will be offered both at OHC and in our communities over the winter months. Many thanks to Municipal Recreation staff for their expertise and support in assisting with this important work.
Although the official opening will occur in the spring, our communities will be invited to an Open House to look inside and tour the building on Saturday, October 29 from 10-3.
All of this has been made possible through the wonderful collaboration, generosity and hard work of many individuals and organizations throughout our communities.
We are proud of the work we have done together to get us to this point. We will continue to keep you up to date on our progress as further details unfold.
CHASE the ACE
IMPORTANT UPDATE: As you may know, new rules adopted by the Alcohol and Gaming Division prevent us from offering Chase the Ace ticket ordering online. (Tickets already ordered are OK and we will of course honour them.)
We have set up a new system which I hope will meet your needs: To order tickets call Bobbi, the part-time OHC office administrator, at 902-279-0500, and leave the message that you want to order Chase the Ace tickets. When she returns your call you can give her your information and she will place the order with us. The options are tickets for 12, 24, 36, or 52 weeks.
If your order is a renewal, all she will need is your name, phone number, and credit information. If you are placing a new order, she will also need your mailing address and your email address.
Tickets are on sale at retailers throughout Chester Municipality each week from Thursday to close of business Monday.
Weekly Ticket Draw is on Tuesday, at 1:30pm at Chester Legion.
Weekly Card Selection for the Ace of Hearts is on Wednesday, at 6:00pm at Chester Legion.
The Weekly winner will receive a phone call on Tuesday.
You don’t have to be present to win! If you can’t attend the Card Selection on Wednesday, you may send someone in your place (with your winning ticket stub) or the Program Coordinator will appoint a neutral person to select for you
The winning ticket holder (or designate) must present their ticket stub in order to claim a prize.
Licensed by the Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Division AGD-106587-16
We look forward to serving you in the future. Thank you for your continued support of the OHC Chase the Ace program.
OHC COMMUNITY LANDSCAPING PROJECT
Site beautification has begun! Trees and large shrubs have been planted around the perimeter of the building, and the borders between OHC and Shoreham have been blended thanks to Otto VanBarneveld and his crew of local landscape/trucking companies
COMMUNITY PLANTING DAY: Saturday October 22nd 9am – 4pm
SURVEY: The OHC Board has commissioned a survey to discover how best to communicate with everyone. Please share the link below with the contacts you have within Chester Municipality. Better yet, please share the full edition of the BUZZ! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3DSKHWL
VOLUNTEER NAVIGATORS: Work is progressing on the development of the OHC Information Referral Service. With the support of our summer student, we are finalizing a database that will provide a listing of available resources in our community. In addition to being able to obtain that information at Our Health Centre, residents will also be able to access the information on their own via computer. Some individuals have expressed interest in volunteering as Navigators with the Information/Referral Service and more are required.
A volunteer handbook and related tools are being finalized in preparation for that session. We thank the Municipal Recreation staff for their support with this important work.
VOLUNTEER GREETERS: In addition to the Navigator we are also recruiting volunteers as “Greeters” to create a welcoming and pleasant environment for patients/clients of OHC.
TRAINING SESSION: October 21st at 2 pm Chester Municipal Building
DONOR RECOGNITION and the FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
In due time the donor wall in the reception area of OHC will be completed; this special wall will recognize the contributions of all donors
The Capital Campaign to raise $4.5 Million to build, furnish and equip Our Health Centre continues. To date over $4M of that has already been donated or pledged.
The Campaign Team is continuing to have conversations with corporations, foundations and individuals. If you have not yet made your donation, or feel you are in a position to make another donation to the OHC Campaign, this would be a wonderful time to do so!
VISIT TO DALHOUSIE’S NEW COLLABORATIVE HEALTH EDUCATION BUILDING
We recently had the privilege of visiting the new Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB) at Dalhousie University and spending time with several of its faculty and staff to learn what CHEB is all about.
This brand new building, at the corner of Summer St and University Avenue in Halifax opened its doors in December, 2015. After 8 months of planning and transition, the first full group of students began their exciting journey of study at CHEB in September.
CHEB has been designed to provide a place where students and faculty from the entire spectrum of health science professions come together to learn with, from and about one another to improve collaboration and quality of care for patients/clients. Its main purpose is to expand interprofessional teaching, learning and research opportunities at Dalhousie. The building consists of student classrooms and study spaces, the Kellogg Library Learning Commons, as well as clinic rooms, simulation training rooms and patient care labs. CHEB provides an environment that promotes an understanding of the complex factors and issues that affect the care of patients, fosters respect and teamwork , nurtures an understanding and appreciation for the contribution of colleagues in other disciplines and where students learn a commitment to the well being of patients through improved outcomes.
CHEB staff was very generous with their time during our visit. They were keen to learn about OHC and are anxious to view our new centre once we are up and running. We extend a big High 5 to Dalhousie and the staff of CHEB for this exciting new site for learning. We look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with CHEB in the months and years ahead.
Nova Scotia Health Authority UPDATE Contact info has changed: If you are searching for a doctor or nurse practitioner and want to put your name on the database please call 1-844-491-5891. The old email address is no longer functional.
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