Doctors at the new modernized Ormstown Medical Clinic began receiving patients this past February, despite ongoing construction in the building and the public health measures in place to protect against COVID-19. The Physio Multiservices Ormstown physiotherapy clinic has now opened on the second floor, as has a pharmacy on the ground floor. Work on the space that will house the municipal library is advancing well, and the whole building should be occupied and fully functional this summer.
According to Dr. Justin Wight, who initiated the project with Dr Catherine Bélanger, the Medical Clinic has benefited from the support of dedicated community partners such as the Caisse Desjardins du Haut-Saint-Laurent. The local financial institution recently donated $20,000 to the clinic to help with the purchase of new, state-of-the-art equipment.
For Sébastien Maisonneuve, the general manager of the Caisse Desjardins du Haut-Saint-Laurent, it was essential that Desjardins partner with those behind the Medical Clinic. “Through its mission, Desjardins contributes to the well-being of individuals and communities. Large-scale projects such as the Medical Clinic allow us to fulfill our mission through significant community initiatives,” says Maisonneuve.
“Health is integral to the Caisse’s priorities, which is why we enthusiastically participated in the development of this project,” he continues. “We are confident that these services will improve access to health care for the citizens of the Haut-Saint-Laurent region in its entirety.”
Dr. Wight confirms that the involvement of Desjardins in the Medical Centre goes well beyond financial contributions. “They have been a valuable partner in helping realize this project,” he says. The funds provided recently were used to purchase “much needed medical equipment, as well as contribute towards the modernization of our aging informatics system,” says Wight.
The IT upgrade allowed the Medical Clinic to make the transition to a new electronic medical records system in March. Such advancements have “really improved our efficiency as practitioners but will also allow us to offer a better service to patients,” adds Wight, saying the clinic now has enhanced communications options available through a patient portal and will soon be adding the opportunity for patients to book appointments directly online.