||(l-r) Jean-Guy Robichaud, chairman of the board of the Chaleur Regional Hospital Foundation; Gisèle Beaulieu, executive director of the Chaleur Regional Hospital; Cassandra and Alex, patients of the outreach clinic; François Fassier, M.D., emeritus chief of staff of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada; and Darryl Stothart, outreach clinic coordinator.
(BATHURST, NB) Today, Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Canada and the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Luxor Shriners Outreach Clinic. Since opening in 2002, more than 800 patients from across New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada have been able to receive specialized care closer to home, without having to travel to Montreal.
During the four annual Shriners Hospitals' outreach clinics, a team made up of an orthopeadic surgeon and a clinical nurse specialist from Shriners Hospitals for Children in Montreal travel to Bathurst to provide treatment and follow-up care for children with orthopaedic conditions.
"The follow-ups that the Shriners Hospital provide are so important because we feel supported despite the distance," said Diane Guignard, mother of 15-year-old Alex Stever, who has been seen at the clinic since the age of 5.
"We are very proud of the work that we are doing to raise funds to help cover the expenses of families who must travel to the Montreal hospital or to the outreach clinic in Bathurst," explained Darryl Stothart, coordinator of the outreach clinic and member of the hospital's Board of Governors. "We estimate that we have saved $2.2 million in travel expenses over the last 10 years," Stothart added.
"Thanks to local Shriners' continued support, the partnership with Chaleur Regional Hospital reduces the heavy travel burden on patients and their families, while improving access to quality specialized health services," said François Fassier, M.D., a surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children and the physician in charge of the clinic.
"Thanks to the generosity of the Luxor Shriners Outreach Clinic, the Chaleur Regional Hospital has been able to acquire numerous pieces of equipment needed to treat, not only kids like Alex, but countless others throughout our region year-round. For the past 10 years, the outreach clinic has given patients and their families from all over New Brunswick access to the quality treatment they needed at minimum cost, closer to home.
To mark the anniversary, a commemorative plaque was placed on the door of the Luxor Shriners outreach clinic at the Chaleur Regional Hospital to honor the Shriners involvement and gift of over $100,000 to the hospital over the past decade.
"This is a remarkable commitment from the Shriners toward our community and we are very grateful," said Gisèle Beaulieu, executive director of Chaleur Regional Hospital.