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AGH gets new sterilization equipment thanks to community important to us,” she said. “Thankfully due to the comEMC News – The Almonte munity we have the equipment General Hospital (AGH) has we need to do what we have eight new pieces of equipment to do. What the community is thanks to the generosity of the doing is making a difference.” The project started with the community. The hospital’s Central need for a new sterilizer but it Sterilization and Reprocess- soon expanded to meet current ing (CSR) area now includes accreditation standards. “Because the standards the following items: sterilizer, prep and pack table, endosco- have changed so much with Accreditation py sink, a douCanada, the ble sink, stain- “We can now project grew, less steel work increase our tables, state-of- volumes in surgery and with all those funds the art scope we were able storage cabinet and we are not to meet those with continual struggling to get standards,” said air flow, heat instruments turned Hirkala. “The sealing station project grew and a washer around.” very quickly.” and disinfector TAMMY HIRKALA ACUTE CARE MANAGER, AGH The new (paid for and equipment is being delivered made completely of stainless from Sweden). The planning for the proj- steel compared to the previect started well over a year ous set up which was made of ago with the construction hap- wood and is also now height pening over the summer. It adjustable and more ergonomwas completed at the end of ically correct. “The stainless steel does not August. The total project cost harbour bacteria,” explained $220,000, which was com- Hirkala. “It’s now the standard pletely raised by the commu- and it’s easy to keep clean.” The hospital was in need nity through the AGH Founof a new sterilizer because its dation. “That’s amazing,” said volumes had increased and it Tammy Hirkala, acute care needed to meet the increase in manager at AGH. “I still can’t demand. As well, the previous believe the money was there machine was 28 years old and for us to start. We would not they were unable to order rebe able to do a project like this placement parts for it. without the community.” The CSR prepares all of Hirkala cannot thank the the surgical instruments and community enough for the equipment (scissors, scalpels, support the hospital has re- etc.) throughout the entire ceived. hospital. “These are fiscally tough “We can now increase our times for all health care pro- volumes in surgery and we viders and their support is so are not struggling to get inBy TIFFANY LEPACK
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EMC Events – Book your lane and plan your costume because the 2nd Annual Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) Auxiliary Bowlathon is just around the corner. The bowlathon, a fundraiser for the CPDMH, takes place on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 12 to 8 p.m. at Visions Bowling Centre, 49 Bridge St. in Carleton Place. Auxiliary members Suzanne Empey and Donna Petrie are co-chairing the event.
struments turned around,” explained Hirkala. “We can re-process the instruments in a shorter time.” The new equipment is also extremely high tech and is all hooked into their server, and they are able to monitor any
issues quickly and efficiently. “If something is not quite right the company can trouble shoot remotely and come here if need,” said Hirkala. “They will be able to find the problem before we do which is fantastic.”
“Last year’s bowlathon was a great success,” said Empey, “and everyone had a wonderful time.” Sixteen (16) groups participated and $6,000 was raised for the hospital. “This year we would like to surpass 2012’s total,” said Empey. There is no fee to register a team, which is made up of five players; however, each participant collects pledges. “We encourage members to gather pledges of $50 or more,” said Empey. Pledge sheets are available at the CPDMH Gift Shoppe and online – www.carleton-
placehospital.ca/auxiliary_ events.aro. “There is a reward for the person who brings in the most money,” said Empey, “and prizes will handed out each hour.” Participants receive free shoe rental and a drink ticket, which is redeemable at the snack bar. Each team will bowl for one hour at a predetermined time slot. “Groups can request a specific time; however, it is important to register early to secure the spot,” said Empey. There is space for 48 teams. “We would be happy with
20 to 25 groups,” said the cochair, “as we are still a young event and we are learning as we go.” Registration and time slots for bowling can be arranged by contacting Empey at 613257-4880 or email@example.com. Wayne Cavanagh of 92.3 JACK FM will be stopping by to lend support, handing out a few of the hourly prizes. “It’s all about having fun, getting some exercise and raising money for the hospital,” said Empey. “Everyone uses the facility.” The event is open to people of all ages.
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“You do not need to be a good bowler,” reminded Empey. In 2013 the CPDMH Auxiliary celebrates its 60th anniversary. “Because it is our 60th anniversary, we are encouraging bowlers to dress up in 1960’s outfits – poof skirts and tie-dye and peace symbol beads,” said Empey. “Our enthusiastic volunteers are driving this event,” she continued. “All of last year’s helpers returned.” Don’t be disappointed, register early for the bowlathon. Have fun and shake off the winter blues.
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Another thank you goes to the Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital. They partnered with the hospital over the summer to implement a process to sterilize in Arnprior and transfer the equipment back to Almonte.
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Lisa McPhail, Central Sterilization and Reprocessing technician at the Almonte General Hospital, demonstrates the new sterilizer (above), which is easier to load and more efficient than the 28 year-old machine it recently replaced. Inset: McPhail at the endoscopy sink.
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The Legendary Patsy Cline tribute coming Parks Canada seeks feedback before lifting to Perth, Kemptville and Smiths Falls EMC Entertainment – In the early ’60s, recording star Patsy Cline took country music uptown, with songs like “I Fall To Pieces,” “Walking After Midnight” and, Willie Nelson’s timeless “Crazy” which became the top jukebox hit of all time. In the process, she created a new musical genre, successfully melding, country, pop and blues styles, like no one before and became the standard by which female country singers are judged to this day. Her concerts were sell-outs and her performances on The Grand Ol’ Opry were popular with millions, in the U.S. and Canada. Her records reached the top of both the country and pop charts and are still popular today, despite her untimely death in a 1963 plane crash. I first witnessed Amberley Beatty’s Legendary Patsy Cline show at the famous Lancaster Opera House, in upstate New York. Her personification of Patsy Cline was so accurate and so deep, it took my breath away. As a longtime Cline fan, I had difficulty taking it all in. The lady “talked the talk” and “walked the walk,” nailing every nuance of every song, centre-stage with the smooth Sweet Dreams, or strolling through the aisles, singing and joking with the audience, as Cline did. Trend Records is pleased to present The Legendary Patsy Cline tribute starring Amberley Beatty & The Sweet Dreams, in concert at three locations throughout the region and tickets are $30, including all taxes and fees. First up is Friday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. at the Studio Theatre in Perth and tickets can be purchased at Shadowfax (613-267-6817) or 1-800-518-2729. The next evening, Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m., the show will be in Kemptville at the North Grenville Municipal Centre and tickets can be purchased from Class Axe Guitars (613258-9119) or at the municipal centre. The last opportunity to see The Legendary Patsy Cline is Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Station Theatre in Smiths Falls. Tickets for this show are available at Special Greetings in Smiths Falls (613-283-2244).
freeze on user fees EMC News - Parks Canada has launched public consultations on proposed fee adjustments which will end the five-year Parks Canada fee freeze currently in place. The revenue that is earned from user fees directly supports the quality services that visitors enjoy at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. “I invite Canadians to visit the Parks Canada website (www.parkscanada. gc.ca) to have a look at our fee proposals,” said Alan Latourelle, Chief Executive Officer for Parks Canada. “I believe that what we have proposed is a very reasonable approach to ensuring services and programs for visitors remain economically viable and of the high quality visitors expect, and that Canadians continue to have memorable and meaningful experiences when they visit their treasured places.” Parks Canada is proposing that future fee adjustments be in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in order to respond to annual inflationary operational costs. Most fees will be limited to an adjustment not exceeding the twoyear cumulative percentage of the average CPI. This would occur in two-year intervals thereafter, beginning in 2013. At some Parks Canada places, new fees are being proposed for new services and other fee adjustments may occur for unique loca-
tion-specific services to ensure they can be delivered in the future. While there will be some moderate fee adjustments, other fees may be reduced according to the level of service. To support Canadians and tourism businesses during a difficult economic period, Parks Canada fees have been frozen at 2008 levels until March 31, 2013. For visitors, the fee freeze will end after any proposed fees have been tabled in Parliament following public consultation. The fee freeze will extend 18 months after the fee consultation processes are complete for commercial operators. Parks Canada has more than 3,300 fees for diverse services such as park and site entry, camping, interpretive programs, boat lockage, facility rentals, etc. These revenues are invested in the sites to help pay for the range of quality services and facilities that visitors use and enjoy. The expense of providing services to visitors continues to increase as a result of higher energy and other operational costs. Parks Canada works to ensure Canada’s historic and natural heritage is protected and, through a network of 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas, invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at the country’s treasured natural and historic places.
Amberley Beatty, as Patsy Cline, above, and The Sweet Dreams will perform three shows throughout the area as part of The Legendary Patsy Cline tribute. The first show will be held Jan. 25 at the Studio Theatre in Perth, followed by Jan. 26 at the North Grenville Municipal Centre in Kemptville and then Jan. 27 at the Station Theatre in Smiths Falls.
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