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A Year in Review - 2014 at the SGBCHC

The SGBCHC wrapped up several programs in December, and as we celebrated with participants and leaders, we took a moment to appreciate the hard work of our staff, volunteers, clients and community partners over the past year. 2014 was a time for transformation and we would like to highlight some of the Centre's biggest accomplishments that have brought us to where we are today.


In early 2014 the Elmvale Clinic opened in partnership with Springwater Township, as a way of offering greatly needed services to this community. Clients in Springwater now have access to our entire team through our satellite location in downtown Elmvale. As demand grows in this community, so too will our services. Early 2014 also brought a new website, a more efficient Emergency Medical Record system that is enhancing quality of care, and the introduction of Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) services. The video appointment system, OTN, is now used daily to bring experts to the community that otherwise might not be available, and reduces costly client travel to centres outside of the local area.

 

The spring and summer brought an additional full-time social worker, an increase in space and equipment for programs and offices, the introduction of two useful monitoring tools (the Holter heart rate monitoring spirometer and Blood Pressure monitor), and the introduction of a methadone clinic. All of these accomplishments have enabled the SGBCHC to work towards meeting the needs of our clients.

 

This fall we responded to a community-wide need for mental health support for youth by providing training to our current Youth Co-ordinator, Alannah, to become a Youth Counsellor. Her hard work has allowed for the continuation of the Student Health Services at local high schools, and a successful Girls Talk program - an anti-stigma program that allows young women to develop self-awareness, coping strategies and critical thinking skills through artistic and recreational activities. In January, the Girls Talk program will expand into several different high schools.

 

Over the year SGBCHC staff have been trained in Crucial Conversations - a toolkit for talking when 'stakes are high', Mental Health First Aid - a course that teaches the knowledge and skills needed to handle mental health situations, Choices and Changes - a workshop for healthcare providers on motivational skills for improved patient care, and LEAN - courses to teach efficiency in the workplace. All of these training sessions are crucial to providing the optimal care that our clients deserve.

 

In late 2014 we announced the departure of a number of staff members who contributed significantly to the development of the SGBCHC. We thank them for their time and efforts and wish them all well in their next adventure. We look forward to introducing our community and clients to an energetic and experienced group of new staff members that have joined our already talented team. As a young, developing organization we welcome change and expect 2015 to be a year filled with new ideas, expanding programs, and expert client care. We will work with our community members, partners, staff, volunteers, and board members to shape our organization into one that meets and exceeds the needs of our clients. As our Mission states, "We will inspire the health of our community by empowering self care, leading community initiatives, and engaging in collaborative partnerships."

 



 

 

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