Are medical costs a burden? If you live in the Municipality of Chester or the Tancook Islands the Dr John MT Finney Memorial Fund may be able to help.
Who is eligible? Anyone living in the Municipality of Chester or the Tancook Islands who is experiencing financial hardship due to uninsured medical expenses may apply for assistance.
What is it? The Dr John MT Finney Memorial Fund was established in 1947 to provide financial assistance to residents of Chester Municipality and the Tancook Islands in covering uninsured medical expenses, which would otherwise cause financial hardship (i.e. transportation costs for treatment, mobility equipment, medication, etc.)
Who was Dr John MT Finney? Dr John MT Finney was a physician and general surgeon from Baltimore, Maryland who enjoyed spending his summers in Chester in the early to mid-1990's. He could often be seen providing medical care to the people of Chester on his wharf or from his boat where he spent many hours fishing.
Join Nova Scotia Hearing & Speech Centres at OHC
May 18, 2017 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Come join the discussion about services for preschoolers with Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologist
May 25, 2017 2:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Come join the discussion about services for adults with Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologist
Cake & display in the waiting room; presentations in the Community Room
Find out what services we can offer you!
CONVERSATION CAFÉ First Friday of every month COMMUNITY ROOM 10-11am Drop in for a cup of coffee or tea: to socialize, talk about what programs you would like to see at OHC, find out what is on the horizon, and/or find out ways to get involved in YOUR health and wellness centre
ADDICTION: The prevalence of drugs in our area; the challenges that addictions create.
INTRODUCTION to AUTISM SPECTRUM INFO SESSION Tuesday June 6th 6-8pm OHC Meeting Room
OHC and the Municipal Recreation Department present:
Good Food-Good Mood Series
A series of workshops that offer a path to healthy and inspired eating. Choose as many topics as you like; each class includes samples.
1. Healthy” On-the-Go” Meals MAY 23rd pay/register by May 16th 2. Divine Food for Diabetics MAY 30th pay/register by May 23rd 3. Making Kids Lunches Fun JUNE 6th pay/register by May 30th 4. How Not to go Crazy on a Diet JUNE 13th pay/register by June 6th 5. Super foods JUNE 20th pay/register by June 13th
Tuesdays 6:30-7:45 Age 16+ $15.00 each Instructor: Mary Mills OHC Community Room
Understanding Dementia 1 afternoon
This workshop will offer an overview of dementia; how to recognize the symptoms, the risk factors and the changes in communication as well as discover ways to communicate effectively with someone with dementia
Wednesday May 17th 1:30-3:30 ages16+ FREE… but must register by May 10th Instructor: Cheryl MacKay/ Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia OHC Community Room
Care for the Caregiver 1 afternoon
This presentation will identify sigs of caregiver stress, discuss the common emotions associated with caregiving and the importance of caring for oneself as well as provide strategies to promote well-being and identify community resources
Wednesday June 7th 1:30-3:30 ages 16+ FREE... but must register by May 31st Instructor: Cheryl MacKay/ Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia OHC Community Room
Fitness in the Kitchen
Drop in once a week as participants gather to do a series of “Fitness in the Kitchen” exercises designed to help maintain strength, balance and flexibility. The exercise can then be done at home on your own before gathering again to encourage each other to stay on track
Wednesdays 10am-11am ages 50+ April 5th- June 7th FREE... sponsored by Pharmasave Drop In OHC Community Room
This gentle form of yoga is practiced sitting on a chair and/or standing using the chair for support. A wonderful class for increasing circulation, movement capacity, and energy enhancement. Breath work and meditation are visited, as well as relaxation. Wear comfortable clothes, bring indoor sneaker and a water bottle
Tuesdays April 25-May 30 11am-noon ages 45+ $60 for 6 weeks pay/register by April 18th Instructor Gwenn Hamm OHC Community Room
Click the link below to access the Chester Municipality Recreation Departments Explore Life Spring 2017 brochure and read the full descriptions of each program
Call Lorraine 902-275-3847 if you would like to volunteer
Come join us and help celebrate the official opening of OHC! YOUR health and wellness centre. A few short speeches... and then it`s the cutting of the ribbon & ice cream cones on the side lawn
Annual General Meeting
Forest Heights Community School
What’s happening at OHC?
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 our program is to provide a safe sleep space for all infants regardless of socioeconomic status, and, to engage as many parents as possible in our supportive community.
Esthetics FLEX ROOM # 5 (second floor) MONDAYS Lisa Hrabowsky is offering face, hand, & foot care 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) THURSDAYS 9:30am-3:30pm Dan Cox is offering clinical foot care 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
Volunteers are the backbone of any successful organization. OHC is thankful for all its wonderful volunteers!
Navigators and Greeters are now available most mornings and afternoons. You do not need to be a patient to access the help of a navigator or greeter –they are there to help you navigate the provincial health care system and other provincial support systems by accessing the information on the OHCforHealth resource website.
Linda Nauss recently returned to Chester in 2015 and currently lives at the Shoreham Senior's Apartments in Chester. She and her late husband John spent their early years living in Marriotts Cove and Sherwood Rd. Although now retired, Linda was very busy during those years helping John raise their substantial blended family, working for various local businesses in addition to volunteering with the local Cancer Society, Bonny Lea Farm and others.
John's career took them away from the Chester area in the early 1990's which meant they subsequently lived in several communities on mainland Nova Scotia. Linda continued to volunteer with the Cancer Society when possible as well as serving on the regional Health Board in Cumberland County.
Linda is the mother of 3 boys, a Grandmother of 5, a Great-grandmother of 1, Stepmother to 4 and Step Grandmother to 10. She is a regular congregate at Chester United Baptist Church and her passions are baking Specialty Cakes and helping people in whatever capacity she can.
NEED A FAMILY PRACTICE?
811 Nova Scotians who do not have access to a family practice, such as a family doctor or nurse practitioner, can call 811 Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., or visit needafamilypractice.ca to be added to a provincial wait list
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 hard alongside us to ensure OHC is the best it can be!
Chester Community Clinic (first floor at OHC) Four doctors and a nurse practitioner, Dr Cox, Dr Jensen, Dr Afroz, Dr Farzadfar, and Nancy MacDonald are seeing their current patients. Clinic hours are:
An information brochure about the Clinic is available from any of the receptionists
Chester Blood Clinic (first floor at OHC) Hours are:
Please note that the blood clinic is closed when schools are cancelled
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
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
If you have questions for the NS Health Authority the contact info is below
1-902-527-5810 or 1-855-881-7061
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.
Our Health Centre’s vision is 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.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
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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