POSITION: Administrative Assistant – Part time PORTFOLIO: Primary Health Care PROGRAM: OHC Walk-In Clinic CLASSIFICATION: Non-Union
POSITION SCOPE: Reporting to the General Manager, the Administrative Assistant provides clerical support and reception duties for Practitioners on a part time basis, up to 20 hours week which includes two evenings and may include Saturday
The Administrative Assistant exhibits sound professional judgment and initiative while working within the established practice standard and policies/procedures of the OHC.
Performs clerical functions including but not limited to: o provide in-take for patients in an orderly fashion; o maintaining patient registry and bookings; o preparing charts for Practitioners visits, creating charts for new patients; o maintaining current inventory of office supplies and an adequate inventory of clinical supplies; o organizing and maintaining practitioner billings, records of accounts receivable/payable; o updating schedule for professional staff; o preparing reports for referrals; o Performs reception duties including: - directing clients/patients as needed; - assisting patients with forms and healthcare renewals as deemed appropriate
Maintains and promotes health and safety standards and procedures according to OHC policies and patient care standards
Holds in confidence all matters pertaining to patients, staff, and the OHC
Experience in a primary health care setting (preferred)
Graduate of a recognized Medical Office Assistant program (preferred) or a secretarial/business administration course.
Successful completion of a Medical Terminology course required.
Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Access, Excel and Outlook, with accurate data entry skills and ability to effectively use search engines.
Knowledge and experience with electronic booking systems and billing records.
Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills with ability to take direction from and interact effectively with the General Manager
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and independently with minimal supervision.
Physical capabilities to perform the duties of the position such as standing, sitting, keyboarding and telephone duties.
Commitment to promoting a culture of respect that supports safety, ethical practices, cultural awareness and organizational health
Demonstrated regular attendance in current and previous employment.
Position estimated to commence: the week of March 26th
Deadline to apply: Friday February 23rd 4 pm. Send resume to:
The BUZZ February 2018
The Walk-in Medical Clinic at OHC
We announced a week ago that OHC plans to open and operate a walk in medical clinic. Tentative opening is the first week of April, but this will be confirmed once all the details are final. The location will be on the 2nd floor, just outside the elevators.
The walk-in clinic will provide access to health care for residents of our service area who do not currently have a family doctor, seasonal residents, visitors and people who need medical care outside of their family physician’s usual working hours. If you do have a family doctor, we encourage you to first seek an appointment with him or her.
The clinic will operate in the same way as any other walk in clinic. There are four physicians who have agreed to work with us and they will bill MSI for the cost of your visit. There will be no cost to the patient unless the patient asks for services not covered by MSI like ear wax removal and completion of government forms. These fees will be explained in our info brochure and will be posted at the walk in-clinic in the same way they are posted in the primary care clinic on the first floor and every other clinic in NS. The walk-in clinic will be managed by OHC Association, not the NS Health Authority, however the Health Authority will be helping with some logistical issues like sterilizing of equipment and transfer of specimens to the lab in Bridgewater.
We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our communities. More information will be provided in March.
POSITION: Administrative Assistant – Part time PORTFOLIO: Primary Health Care PROGRAM: OHC Walk-In Clinic CLASSIFICATION: Non-Union
POSITION SCOPE: Reporting to the General Manager, the Administrative Assistant provides clerical support and reception duties for Practitioners on a part time basis, up to 20 hours week which includes two evenings and may include Saturday. Position estimated to commence the week of March 26th
NS Early Childhood Development Intervention Services (NSECDIS) Info Session
Monday February 12th 10 am-11:30 OHC Community Room
Facilitator: Denise Whynot
NSECDIS provide province- wide specialized services to families of young children between both and school entry, who either have a biological risk for or a diagnosis of developmental delay; this program is funded by the Dept. of Education &Early Childhood Development. There is no fee for their services
Weekly every Wednesday starting Feb 14th 2-4 pm OHC Community Room
acilitator: Al Chaddock & others
The Circle is the architecture of Democracy.No no one "runs " a circle-everyone gets a chance to speak, or just listen. The Talk Circle will be a time to enjoy the company of others. All ages welcome - pull up a chair, share some observations and awareness and enjoy a hot beverage and some treats
Every second Tuesday starting February 13th 1:30-3:30 OHC Community Room
This is a self- directed grief support group for anyone experiencing loss. Loss is part of life, and everyone has (or will at some point) experience significant loss. Loss can take many different forms, including but not limited to: the death of loved ones (including animals); the loss of important relationships through breakup, divorce, or relocation; loss of job, career etc.
Caregivers NS Support Group
Thursday Feb 15th 1-3:30 OHC Board room
Caregivers Nova Scotia is committed to providing support and education for unpaid caregivers, raising public awareness, and influencing public policy with respect to caregiving issues.
For those who are sensitive to chemicals, Erna has a wealth of information about making your own products. Soap making will be the featured demo
Friday March 2nd 2-3:30 OHC Community Room
Come and learn how to make your own lip balm!
Canadian College of Acupuncture & TCM
February 22nd; March 22nd; Apr 12th 10-2pm OHC Community Room
Community Outreach Clinics
The College will bring their students and offer 3 clinic days/ 4 hours each day to provide students with the opportunity to gain clinical practice with diverse clients, including but not limited to: seniors, school age children, high school students, teachers, faculty, post secondary students, people with ailments i.e. Diabetes, Parkinson’s, MS, persons with physical or mental or learning challenges, persons with addictions, and athletes.
Treatments will range from 10 minutes for shorter simpler treatments to 30-60-minute treatments. Waivers are made available on site and are clearly displayed; a waiver must be signed before a person receives treatment. All information is gathered and remains confidential.
The students complete 660 hours of clinical practice; most of it occurs in our public clinics on-site at the college and is supervised by a faculty member and experienced acupuncturist and TCM practitioner.
Sleep Apnea Info Session
Wednesday March 7th noon-1:30 pm OHC Community Room
Facilitator: Sandra Little/ LifeCare
LifeCare specializes in helping people sleep better
Book by calling Sandy at 902-275-3421 o MARCH 20th ASPOTOGAN HERITAGE TRUST to be confirmed o MARCH 21st OHC Flex Room # 6 o APRIL 24th NEW ROSS FAMILY RESOURSE CENTRE o APRIL 25th OHC Flex Room # 6
Update on sessions and programs we are working on:
1. WEIGHT WATCHERS OHC would really like to host Weight Watchers meetings here. Currently there are no Weight Watchers staff in this area so to be able to have community meetings here the following needs to be in place:
3 service providers committed (these are lifetime members or those close to their goal)
Minimum of 25 members enrolled
Please call Diane MacDonald, Weight Watchers Territory Manager if you can help make this happen, or if you have any suggestions ! 1-902-292-4067
3. TOPICS being explored: Youth Engagement, Women’s Health & Empowerment, Walking Club. We are always interested in hearing what programs and services you would like to have at your health & wellness centre. Please do not hesitate to get in touch 902-275-3847
OHC / MODC Parks & Recreation Department
WINTER Program Schedule
Call 902-275-3490 to register
Girls Self Esteem & Self Care OHC COMMUNITY ROOM This will be an introductory workshop for girls to learn about what influences their self-esteem and how to boost it by seeking out positive experiences and interactions with others. The girls will leave with tools & strategies to help guide them in a positive direction towards continued self-care
Sunday February 25th 2:00-6:00pm Pay/Register by Monday February 5th Facilitator: BriAnna Simons $50.00 ages 10-14 years
Steps to Connect (3 sessions) OHC COMMUNITY ROOM Steps to Connect is a locally developed evidence-based leisure education program designed for adults who are interested in, but not currently accessing, recreation opportunities. Joyful & meaningful experiences can offer immediate feedback on the value of recreation
Monday February 5th 10:00-12:30 Wednesday February 7th 10:00-12:30 Monday February 12th 10:00-12:30 Register by Wednesday January 31st
Facilitator: Terry Keddy & Gord Tateages 19 + FREE
Mindfulness Skills for Everyday Living (5 weeks) OHC COMMUNITY ROOM Mindfulness is a way of being that helps us develop our attention to support wellness. The program is likely to benefit anyone desiring to feel more settled and present in their thoughts & emotions. This program is accessible to all
Thursdays Jan 25th (free trial) – February 22nd 6:30-8:00pm Pay/register by Monday January 29th
Facilitator: Kathleen Naylor $40.00 ages 16+
OHC FOUNDATION NEWS
Chase the Ace is preparing to start it’s fourth game in support of OHC. The volunteer requirement has been substantially reduced to approximately three hours a week for the duration. A retired couple would be ideal to manage the program and enjoy the benefits of contributing to OHC, your health & wellness centre. Interested people should contact Don Munroe at 902-275-5773. Thank you!
Waiting Room Info Tables for February
OHC will have an info table set up in the waiting room 1- 5 days per month to bring you information about health-related topics Heart Health Early Childhood Development Intervention Services
If you know of people who would like to receive the Buzz but do not have a computer, please let them know that there will be extra copies available for pick up at the Navigators Info desk
Do you need help navigating the health care system? OHC Volunteers are happy to be of help! You do not need a doctors’ appointment to come to OHC and get assistance navigating the health care system. There is a computer available to the general pubic at the OHC Info Desk—enter from the parking lot through the main doors on your left. We have created a special website called OHC for Health https://ohcforhealth.com/ which provides links to all the services available locally and provincially under the categories LIVE for health, PLAY for health, WORK for health and LEARN for health. Drop by and let OHC volunteers help you find the information you are looking for
Osteopath / Dr Grace Crawford FLEX ROOM # 5 (second floor) TUESDAYS 9am-4pm Grace is a registered osteopath trained at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine with a background in both basic and clinical research in addition to osteopathy. She has a strong interest in treating children, especially those with special needs or learning disorders. To book an appointment call 1-902-253-2148
Health & Wellness Esthetics FLEX ROOM # 5 (second floor) MONDAY- SATURDAY (except Tuesday & Wednesday) Allowing yourself the opportunity to relax is one way to keep stress and anxiety levels under control. Lisa Hrabowsky is offering face, hand, & foot care. Check out all the wonderful services she offers at https://healthandwellnessesthetics.com/ Book your appointment by calling Lisa at 902-273-8637
Sleep Clinic FLEX ROOM # 4 (second floor) WEDNESDAYS LifeCare Respiratory Services Ltd. offers in-home equipment, sleep studies and support for patients who are suffering from respiratory problems, insomnia, sleep apnea etc. Call 1-800-565-5664 to book an appointment
Clinical Foot Care FLEX ROOM # 5 (second floor) WEDNESDAYS 9:30am-3:30pm Dan Cox is offering basic & advanced clinical foot care for a variety of foot related problems including bunions, calluses, corns, circulatory problems, diabetic ulcers, fallen arches, heel pain, planter’s warts etc. Book your appointment by calling Dan at 902-277-0408
Constituency Office FLEX ROOM # 6 (second floor) 4th WEDNESDAY of each month 10am-3pm This office space will be used for an apolitical service and, in fact, staff are not allowed to answer any political questions. Anne Fownes will be here to assist people who are having an issue with a government department or program such as Canada Revenue Agency, Service Canada, Immigration Canada, etc. Drop in or call 1-888-816-4446 to book an appointment
Baby Box Distribution site
STEP 1: Register on Baby Box University at www.babyboxuniversity.com as a Nova Scotia resident. Baby Box Canada provides safe-sleep Baby Boxes through a network of provincial distribution partners that comply with Health Canada's bassinet standard. Baby Boxes come with free products for baby care and development, but the primary purpose of the program is to provide a safe sleep space for all infants regardless of socioeconomic status, and, to engage as many parents as possible in the supportive community.
NS Health Authority (NSHA) services at OHC
The Board of OHC is very grateful for their partnership with the NS Health Authority and all the NSHA staff who are working alongside us to ensure OHC is the best it can be!
Chester Community Clinic (first floor at OHC) Three doctors Dr Cox, Dr Jensen, Dr Farzadfar and nurse practitioner Nancy MacDonald are seeing their current patients. Sierra Kaizer family practice nurse has joined the team. Clinic hours are:
An information brochure about the Clinic is available from any of the receptionists on the first floor
Chester Blood Clinic (first floor at OHC) Please note that the blood clinic MAY be closed on school closure days Hours are:
Mental Health/Addiction Services, Public Health Services, Continuing Care Services (second floor at OHC) Below are the numbers to call to make enquiries and/or book services:
Mental Health /Addictions 902-543-5400
Public Health 902-543-0850
Continuing Care 902-527-5454 / 800-225-7225
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lisa Dickson will be at OHC twice a month to care for patients with various cosmetic, reconstructive and hand conditions. Dr. Dickson will see patients on a referral basis. This means that to be seen by Dr Dickson you must have your provider send her a referral. Dr Dickson's days in November will be December 7th and 11th
Pediatrician (first floor at OHC) Dr Hamson is located at OHC every Tuesday. Appointments are available only through referral from a primary care provider
Diabetes Education Clinic (first floor at OHC) The Diabetic Education Clinic, based out of the Fisherman Memorial Hospital, offers a satellite clinic here twice monthly- every second and fourth Wednesday. Prospective patients can self-refer but a referral from a primary care provider is recommended. Call the number below for more information:
Each of the three hospitals on the South Shore have a dietician on staff for outpatient counselling
For trusted, everyday health information and advice, call the Nova Scotia Health Authority`s 811 line to speak to a registered nurse 24 hour a day/ 7 day a week
SPACE for RENT at OHC
Our Health Centre (OHC) invites Expressions of Interest from providers of services that will complement existing primary health care services and are aligned with promoting health and wellness.
VISION, MISSION and VALUES
VISION: A growing, diverse community with a population that is engaged, educated and empowered. Our Health Centre is recognized as the hub for health and wellness MISSION: To improve the health and wellness of all people living in the Municipality of Chester and surrounding areas VALUES: We believe in delivering excellent services and programs in a collaborative, accessible and inclusive manner
Our Health Centre strives to provide a welcoming, collaborative health care environment where community members can access primary care practitioners, get information about navigating the provincial health care system and find practical, meaningful, educational experiences aimed at improving their own health and wellbeing.
Walk-in Medical Clinic opening at OHC
We are very pleased to tell you that a walk-in medical clinic will be opening at Our Health Centre this spring. The walk-in clinic will provide access to health care for residents of our service area who do not currently have a family doctor, seasonal residents, visitors and people who need medical care outside of their family physician’s usual working hours.
The details are still being finalized, but we expect to be able to offer clinic hours on Tuesday evenings, Friday days and evenings and Saturdays.
In March we will post information about dates and times on the OHC website, in a brochure for distribution throughout our communities and in the local publications. We ask that you wait for the formal announcements before contacting us for further information.
The walk-in clinic will be managed by OHC Association, not the NS Health Authority, however the Health Authority is fully aware of our plans.
We know that walk-in clinics are not a solution to the shortage of family physicians, but this is a much needed step until everyone in our communities has access to a family physician. Our Health Centre is pleased to help to fill the current health care gap.
Press Release Jan 20, 2017
The OHC Association is pleased to announce that construction and provisioning of the centre has been completed under budget by approximately $350,000, making the final cost of the Centre approximately $4.15M.
To date, the OHC capital campaign has raised $4.3M towards its target of $4.5M.
“Hard work, dedication and attention to details have led to the raising of funds for this project and to the wise expenditure of those funds. The biggest reward for all of that is certainly seeing people walk through the doors of the centre and the many positive comments the centre has received, but being able to share this good news is a tremendous reward for the members of the association and the OHC donors and supporters,” said Don Munroe, chair of the OHC board.
Completing the building under budget is thanks to the professionalism and skill of Avondale, the general contractor, and the many trades and subcontractors involved in the project combined with the oversight and diligence of the OHC building committee and the project managers, Costello Fitt.
The OHC board on behalf of the associations’ members wishes to thank the many individual community members, families, local businesses, and governments who have recognized the benefit of this project to the municipality and have given so generously.
As the OHC project and campaign got underway, the vision was of a centre to promote health and wellness in this municipality that was funded by the community, built by the community and for the community. This goal has been achieved.
More than 50 percent of the project’s funding has come from individual donors throughout the municipality, approximately 29 percent has come from corporate donors, while less than 18 percent has come from governments.
The OHC Foundation will continue to raise funds to assist with the centre’s operations and programming.
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