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Hearst is situated in the District of Cochrane with a population of approximately 6,000, divided up in a radius of 50 kilometers east, 130 kilometers west and 80 kilometers north-south. The Notre-Dame Hospital is a modern 60-bed, fully accredited hospital built in 1972, which services a catchment area of approximately 10,000.

Seven members of the medical staff are supported by three visiting Radiologists, a Pathologist and a Cardiologist who are offering their services on a regular basis. Since the departure our their permanent Surgeon in 1991, their surgical requirements are being taken care of by locum tenens surgeons. Furthermore, to better service the Hearst and surrounding communities, Notre-Dame Hospital now offers visiting specialty clinics such as: audiology, oncology, orthopaedic and paediatric.

Adjacent to the hospital is a Medical Centre which accommodates 7 solo practitioners, the Health Unit and the Home Care Program. There is also a 60-bed Nursing Home situated next to the Medical Centre and a 12-bed Satellite Home for the Aged adjoining to the Hospital.

Hearst, a lumbering and tourist area, is a bilingual community of Northern Ontario on the Trans Canada Highway No. 11. It also offers direct air flights to Timmins and thereby giving excellent access to Air Canada flights to all major cities. The town prides itself in offering excellent recreational facilities, including an ultramodern community centre complete with two ice surfaces, mini-olympic size swimming pool and a health club. Hearst has an excellent educational system including a bilingual secondary school and a college affiliated with Laurentian University of Sudbury.

All in all, Notre-Dame Hospital is a modern, well-staffed institution, doing its best to meet the health care needs of the people in a small rural community of Northern Ontario.

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Sensenbrenner Hospital is a non-profit, bilingual corporation servicing a catchment area of 14,000. Kapuskasing has a population of 9,658 and is situated along Highway No. 11, bordered by Fauquier in the east and Opasatika to the west. Its largest single industry is that of paper mill operated by Spruce Falls Power and Paper Company Ltd. Kapuskasing offers a variety of winter activities such as curling, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice hockey. The summer season offers fun and recreation on an excellent nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and a variety of other outdoor ventures. The area is not only a haven to hunters and fishermen, a measure of culture is offered by the Centre de Loisirs.

Built in 1987, the Sensenbrenner Hospital is a 78-bed (18 chronic care) fully accredited active treatment hospital located in the model town of the North Kapuskasing. Of the remaining 60 beds, 3 are allocated for special care, 7 for obstetrics, 6 for paediatrics and 46 are combined for medical and surgical use. The Operating Room and a 4-bed Recovery Room have an attractive elective schedule and are required for any emergency. Specialty clinics are held on a regular basis with specialists from out-of-town. Their Emergency Department (of which you would do a 24-hour rotation, usually once per week), includes a two-bed acute resuscitation area and four rooms for primary care. They also have a two-bed treatment room for chemotherapy and short term observation. The outpatient clinic, also located in the Emergency Department, hosts an array of specialty services such as dermatology, E.N.T. (ears, nose and throat), ophthalmology, orthopaedics, paediatrics, neurology, respiratory, rheumatology, nephrology, urology and gastroenterology. There are currently 9 physicians, 1 General Surgeon, 1 General Practitioner/Anaesthetist, 6 General Practitioners and 1 Radiologist which is filled by a group of radiologists from Timmins. The hospital offers diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative services. There are 7 physicians located in the Medical Clinic that do Family Practice as well as their specialty. The Sensenbrenner Hospital concentrates in Family Medicine.

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Timmins is a community with approximately 50,000 people residing within the boundaries containing 1,240 square miles - an uncrowded, open atmosphere in which to live, work and play. It has a household of 18,437 and is situated in the District of Cochrane.

The Timmins & District Hospital ranks easily as one of the best equipped institutions in the region and services a catchment area of 100,000. The Timmins & District Hospital officially opened its doors on November 6, 1993 and has a 190-bed facility (53 medical, 33 surgical, 9 paediatrics, 17 maternity, 8 I.C.U., 20 psychiatric and 50 continuing care). There are 41 family physicians operating out of the Hospital. Many family physicians do their own obstetrics and if not, their patients are assigned to a family physician that does obstetrics or to one of the 3 obstetrician/gynaecologists. This setting offers an excellent opportunity for experience in anaesthesia, general surgery, thoracic vascular surgery, orthopaedics, internal medicine, ophthalmology, paediatrics, psychiatry, diagnostic imaging, urology and pathology. Specialists for dermatology, neurology, diabetology, E.N.T. (ears, nose & throat), nephrology, physical medicine, oncology and rheumatology come at least once a month or every six to eight weeks.

Timmins is the largest mining municipality in the world. Their secondary industry is related to forest products. The town is also a regional service centre for the Temiscaming District.

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The population of approximately 13,500 is scattered over 5,000 square kilometers. The community has a household count of 4,410 and is situated in the District of Temiskaming. Kirkland Lake is famous for gold mining and efforts to diversify the town's economy are ongoing. The community is in an excellent recreational area with year round outdoor and sporting activities.

The Kirkland & District Hospital is a community hospital with both active and long term beds that was constructed in 1975. This facility has 70 beds staffed and in operation (32 for chronic care, 6 critical care beds [including two telemetry beds], 2 obstetrical beds and 30 medical surgical beds [including 4 paediatric beds].

There are 16 Family Physicians of which 14 practice in the Kirkland Lake Medical Group and 2 practice in the Family Practice Centre. There is a General Surgeon and Internist on site. A Pathologist and a Radiologist is shared with other Hospitals.

The Hospital offers a broad range of services including Emergency, Obstetrics, General Surgery, Critical Care, Paediatrics, Medicine, Family Medicine, Long Term Care and Speciality Clinics (Cardiology, Dermatology, ENT, Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Urology, Allergy and Ophthalmology). Diagnostic and Therapeutic services include Laboratory, Radiology/Ultrasound/Echocardiography, Stress Testing, Pulmonary Function Testing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Therapy, Clinical Nutrition, Chemotherapy and Haemodialysis, etc.

The Kirkland Lake and District Hospital provides clinical training for nursing students, clinical clerks, radiology students and family practice residents through its affiliation with the Northeastern Ontario Family Medicine Residency Program and the University of Ottawa.

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Haileybury is known for its farming and tourism and is situated along Highway No. 11B. The Temiskaming Hospital is located in New Liskeard. This spacious, modern and fully-accredited Hospital services the Tri-Town area and the surrounding 4,200 square miles, bringing the total population served to approximately 25,000.

Our attractive 136-bed active treatment Hospital opened in 1980. Built around three courtyards, it is a one-level, bright and spacious facility. Since the staff had input in the planning stage, attention to details such as the width of doorways and washrooms is apparent and provides a safe and enjoyable work environment. In May of 1992, a 5,800 square foot expansion was completed. This is a multi-purpose area which provides more living space for long-term care patients and accommodates a new chapel and more space for visiting specialists.

The Hospital provides for the care of a variety of patients: 9 beds for Paediatrics, 8 Obstetrics, 3 Special Care Unit, 3 Operating Room suites and 6 beds in the Recovery Room, Emergency Department has 6 Treatment Rooms including a Major Trauma Room, 38 Chronic care beds and 55 Medical and Surgical beds. A number of beds are allocated to Palliative Care.

The Medical Staff consists of 19 Family Practitioners, 2 General Surgeons, 3 General Practitioners and Anaesthetists, 1 Pathologist, 1 Radiologist and approximately 25 visiting specialists. These specialists conduct regular outpatient clinics and provide consultation in the following disciplines: dermatology, internal medicine, paediatrics, cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry, nephrology, orthotics, urology and physical and rehabilitative medicine.

The result of our planning in Ambulatory Care has allowed us to establish a Day Surgery Program and a Day Medicine Program which were officially opened on April 5, 1993. Day medicine provides services to patients requiring chemotherapy and blood products. Day surgery provides services to patients requiring minor surgical procedures.

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Mattawa is situated in the District of Nipissing with a population of 2,413 and a household of 1,007. Its largest main industry is based on the forest industry. It is also known as a highway service area as well as a recreational area with the Mattawa Ski Hill. The town runs along the Mattawa River.

Mattawa General Hospital offers clinical experience in Emergency and Family Medicine. The patient care and diagnostic departments are located in a wing of the hospital erected in 1966, connected to an older building which dates back to 1902. Inpatient care beds number 21, of which 5 are designated for chronic care. Surgical and obstetrical services are not provided but are readily available in North Bay. The community is supported with an active staff of 3 General Practitioners and 1 Family Practitioner. The hospital holds monthly clinics with visiting specialists in psychiatry and internal medicine.

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The Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, with a catchment of approximately 26,000, is situated in the Town of Huntsville with a population of approximately 14,500 and is much larger during the busy summer months. The town is known for its tourism and wood product processing and manufacturing. There are 86 beds, approximately 64 acute and 22 chronic. There are about 25 Physicians of whom 17 are Family Physicians, 12 of which rotate through the Emergency Department on an on-call rotation and 2 General Practitioners/Anaesthetists.

There are 2 General Surgeons, 1 Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, 3 General Internists, including a Gastroenterologist and a Radiologist with full ultrasound, mammography, colour doppler echo and general radiology on site. The hospital shares a Pathologist with Bracebridge as well as 2 Ophthalmologists and a Urologist.

The Huntsville District Memorial Hospital's organization sponsors and operates the following health care services: Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, Huntsville Ambulance Service, Muskoka East Parry Sound Home Care Programs, East Muskoka East Parry Sound Placement Coordination Service, East Muskoka East Parry Sound Quick Response Service and Fairvern Nursing Home. The hospital services include medical and surgical programs, including an active gynaecological/obstetrical service and a small paediatric service. The Emergency Department operates on a 24 hour 7 day week basis to serve local and substantial seasonal and tourist population. The emergency service is the only one meeting the needs of a large geographic area stretching as far as South River to the north, through Algonquin Park to the east and south to Port Sydney. The hospital hosts a Haemodialysis Clinic as a satellite of the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto.

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North Bay, with a household of 20,923, is situated in the District of Nipissing with a population of approximately 50,000. It is described as a diversified economy town with a small manufacturing base. North Bay runs along Lake Nipissing and has three hospitals that service the area.

North Bay Psychiatric Hospital

The hospital, serving a catchment area of approximately 120,000, was built in 1957 and has 307 beds and provides a full range of service in psychiatry. Of the 307 beds, 52 are allocated for acute care, 26 for forensic care, 75 for psychogeriatrics and 154 for long term rehabilitation.

North Bay Psychiatric Hospital specializes strictly in psychiatry and is provincially operated by the Ministry of Health.

Scollard Site & McLaren Site

The Scollard Site, formerly known as the Civic Hospital, has a bed capacity of 152 of which 48 are allocated for acute medicine, 6 for paediatrics, 36 for chronic care, 6 for intensive care and 46 for surgery care.

The McLaren Site, formerly known as St.Joseph's General Hospital, has a bed capacity of 175 of which 25 are allocated for acute medicine, 20 for rehab/reactivation, 26 for paediatrics, 27 for obstetrics, 30 for bassinets (N.I.C.U.), 6 for critical care and 41 for surgery care.

There are 31 General Practitioners, 4 Laboratory Medicine, 6 Psychiatrists, 3 Radiologists, 20 Surgeons, 7 Anaesthesiologists, 2 E.N.T., 7 General Surgeons, 3 Orthopaedics, 4 Ophthalmologists, 1 Urologist, 4 Obstetrics/Gynaecologists, 6 Internists and 3 Paediatrics.

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Sturgeon Falls is within the District of Nipissing with a population of approximately 5,952 and a household of 2,416. It is considered to be a paper mill town and a highway service town and is situated along Highway No. 17W. It is also known for its tourism.

The West Nipissing General Hospital was built in 1977 and services a catchment area of approximately 18,000. They have 70 beds, which 23 are allocated to chronic care, 32 to medical, 8 to surgical, 3 to paediatrics and 4 to Intensive Care Unit. A 24 hour Emergency Department is staffed by physicians on call (1 in 7 day rotation).

There are 8 full-time General Practitioners (seven with hospital privileges), 2 part-time (semi-retired) General Practitioners (without hospital privileges), 1 full-time Surgeon, 1 full-time Anaesthetist and 1 Internist. Throughout the month, a number of visiting consultants are on site such as: 1 Cardiologist, 3 Pathologists, 7 Radiologists, 1 Pediatrician, 1 Psychiatrist, 1 Surgeon, 1 Urologist and 1 Neurologist. The West Nipissing General Hospital specializes mostly in Family Medicine.

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Sudbury is situated in the Regional Municipality of Sudbury in the District of Sudbury. It's a city of increasing economic diversification with regional service centres servicing most of Eastern Ontario. It offers service to industries, the hospitals and the educational systems. The mining and health care sectors dominate the local economy with education and government services contributing major components of the local work force. The region has a population of 156,370 and the hospital centre provides tertiary care service to a population of 600,000 persons from across Northeastern Ontario.

Sudbury General Hospital

The Sudbury General Hospital was built in 1950 and is located close to the downtown area, beside Lake Ramsey. It is a fully accredited community hospital providing a range of specialty services which include a 24 hour Emergency Department, obstetrics, gynaecology, neonatology, neurosurgery, general surgery, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, psychiatry and trauma care. The hospital's role as a diagnostic centre which provides neurology, nuclear medicine, specialized radiography, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and C.T. scanning resulted in the designation as the lead hospital for emergency and trauma care for Northeastern Ontario. It has 246 active beds of which 4 are allocated for C.C.U., 17 for gynaecology, 8 for I.C.U., 67 for medical, 38 for obstetrics, 24 for psychiatry and 88 for surgery. The hospital is an acute care hospital with 241 Physicians, 81 General Practitioners, 37 Surgeons, 3 Neurosurgeons, 38 Internal Medicine, 17 Anaesthesists, 10 Radiologists, 13 Psychiatrists, 12 Obstetrics, 7 Paediatrics, 4 Pathologists, 14 Emergency Medicine, 5 Ophthalmologists and 2 E.N.T. Specialists.

The Emergency/Trauma department provides access to all levels of care including the surgical suite and the Intensive Care Unit which has 24-hour Intensivist coverage. The recently approved MRI Unit (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) was the result of broad based community support for the acquisition of MRI services for Northeastern Ontario and this approval marked the first time that an MRI had been approved for installation at a community general hospital. The Ophthalmology unit is open daily for Laser procedures, post-op visits and Fluorescein Angiography procedures. The Surgical program includes the Neurosurgical program for Northeastern Ontario which is fully supported by Neurology. Other services include general surgery, plastic surgery, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology and hot orthopaedics. These programs are supported by a fully equipped Gastro-Intestinal unit, an active same day surgery program, ambulatory care clinics and a surgical pre-admission program. The Pre-admission clinic allows patients who are scheduled for surgery to have diagnostic tests, nursing assessment and pre-operative teaching completed prior to being admitted for surgery. The Perinatal service provides specialized care for high-risk mothers and newborns. The expanded unit includes anti-partum beds, the labour and delivery area, a combined care post-partum unit and a modified level III Intensive Care Nursery. The Mental Health/Psychiatry provides an integrated system of both inpatient and outpatient programs.

Sudbury Memorial Hospital

The Sudbury Memorial Hospital is a fully accredited, non-denominational, acute care hospital that was built in 1956. It has 189 beds of which 15 are allocated for critical care and 174 for medical and surgical care. There are 228 physicians on staff and the hospital has a primary care role for residents of the Regional Municipality of Sudbury and a secondary care role for residents of the Region and the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin.

It has a tertiary care role in High-Risk General Surgery, Respiratory Care, Thoracic Surgery, Burn Treatment, Cardiovascular Surgery and Cardiology for residents of Northeastern Ontario. In fulfilling its primary and secondary care roles, the hospital provides general medical and surgical services together with a 16-hour comprehensive Emergency Department. On staff are 8 Cardiologists, 2 Cardiovascular Surgeons, 1 Cardiac Surgeon, 1 Cardiothoracic Surgeon, 2 Vascular Surgeons, 15 Anaesthetists, 2 General Internists, 4 Respirologists, 3 Neurologists, 3 Nuclear Medicine, 2 Rheumatologists, 2 Nephologists, 1 Physiatrist, 3 Psychiatrists, 1 Dermatologist, 6 Paediatricians, 4 Gastro Interologists, 1 Infectious Diseases, 1 Haematologist, 1 Intensive Care Physician, 10 Radiologists, 17 General Surgeons, 1 Thoracic Surgeon, 9 Gynaecologists, 2 Neuro Surgeons, 3 Urologists, 6 Orthopaedic Surgeons, 3 Ophthalmologists, 4 Plastic Surgeons, 5 Pathologists and 97 General Practitioners.

A highly skilled team of Cardiologists, Cardiac Surgeons, Anaesthetists, Perfusionists, Nurses and Paramedical support staff have ensured that patients receive top quality care. The hospital has been designated as the Regional Cardiovascular Centre for Northeastern Ontario since 1976. Patients can also receive invasive and non-invasive cardiology services, such as coronary angiography, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasties, etc. The hospital also participates in international cardiovascular research projects such as ISIS, GUSTO, etc. A Nuclear Cardiology program meets cardiac patients needs. This non-invasive service has grown in reputation and recognition for diagnosing patients with cardiac disease. As thoracic surgery services increase, this specialty has shown significant growth and advancement over the years. There is ongoing enhancements to the thoracic unit with quicker results, more efficient access for patients being referred for bronchoscopies, mediastinoscopies, thoracotomies, lobectomies, pneumonectomies, etc.

The hospital fits into the interdependent health care system for the Region in association with the Sudbury General, Laurentian and Network North/Sudbury Algoma Hospitals.

Laurentian Hospital

Laurentian Hospital is a fully accredited, acute care hospital serving the residents of Sudbury and Northeastern Ontario. It opened in June of 1975 with a bed capacity of 431 and has recently added capacity for 36 additional beds. The hospital has developed expertise in four of the Ontario Ministry of Health's five defined levels of care. All of the clinical services are now provided within the context of either the Children's Program, the Medical Program, the Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Program and the Surgical Program.

The Children's Program: consists of the Inpatient Paediatric Unit, the Children's Treatment Centre and Infant Development. The 48 bed Paediatric Unit (+ 2 respite beds to be developed) is supported by a wide range of specialty children's clinics including Cystic Fibrosis and Rheumatology. The Regional Children's Treatment Centre offers a wide range of rehabilitation services to physically challenged children. The Regional Infant Development Program offers in-home visits, developmental assessments, individual program plans and parent/caregiver training to children in Sudbury, Espanola and Little Current.

The Medical Program:
includes outpatient programs, the Oncology Unit and the Nephrology Service. It contains 16 beds for family practice, internal medicine, nephrology and palliative care inpatients, as well as outpatient Hemophilies and HIV programs and outpatient clinics in rheumatology and internal medicine.

The 20 bed Oncology unit provides inpatient care for medical and radiation (including brachytherapy) oncology patients. Outpatient medical day procedures are conducted in a 4 bed unit. As host hospital to the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre, Laurentian Hospital is involved in a wide range of services in partnership with the centre including: special diagnostic facilities including C.T. Scanning, clinical education and cancer research. Laurentian Hospital provides regional Nephrology Services throughout Northeastern Ontario. Services include: in-centre dialysis, home dialysis, self-care dialysis, home helper program, prospective client clinic, post-transplant follow-up in partnership with London's University Hospital and satellite centres (6) across Northeastern Ontario.

The Rehabilitation/Continuing Care Program: is made up of Adult Continuing Care, Special Continuing Care, Community Initiatives and the Regional Rehabilitation Centre. The Continuing Care units provide specialized interdisciplinary care to 87 inpatients who are grouped according to their service needs. The Regional Rehabilitation Centre provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to inpatients and outpatients. The 27 bed Intensive Rehabilitation Unit is the only service of its kind in Northeastern Ontario and includes an approved, specialized Acquired Brain Injury Program including a Therapeutic Day Centre and Outreach Consultation Service.

The Surgical Program: includes the Operating Room/PACU, the Surgical Unit, the Intensive Care Unit, the Orthopaedic Unit and the Pre-Admission Surgical Services. In addition to providing general surgical services, the program offers all hospital-based urological services and currently provides all elective orthopaedic surgery and the majority of emergency orthopaedics.

Sudbury Algoma Hospital

The Sudbury Algoma Hospital serves a catchment area of 629,905 for Northeastern Ontario (190,00 children under the age of 19). Network North is a consortium of mental health and addictions services across Northeastern Ontario. The Sudbury Algoma Hospital Division consists of two adult-inpatient units being the Admitting and the Assessment Units. Various services such as the Community Clinics Division, the Pinegate Addiction Service, the Children's Services and the Developmental Clinical Services provides front-line mental health services to the outlying communities of Sudbury-Manitoulin and East Algoma Districts. The catchment area is a region of approximately 60,000 square kilometers. Network North and Sudbury General Hospital have recently developed a partnership for the provision of mental health services in the Sudbury Region. In support of the inpatient services, the hospital has departments in Social Work, Psychology, Patient Representative Program, Clinical Records, Occupational Therapy, Recreational Therapy, Quality Assurance and Risk Management, Volunteers, Dietary, Housekeeping and Maintenance and a Library. With 64 acute care beds (44 for adults and 20 for children) the hospital offers a full range of service in psychiatry. There are 11 Psychiatrists operating out of the hospital with 1 Psychiatrist in private practice and 2 part-time Psychiatrists.

The hospital is operated by the Public Hospital's Act.

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Elliot Lake is part of the District of Algoma and has a population of 13,391 with a household of 6,528. St.Joseph General Hospital is a general community hospital servicing a catchment area of approximately 25,000 specializing in Family Medicine as well as Obstetrics, Surgery and I.C.U. It was built in 1959 and has 81 beds of which 6 are used for I.C.U., 8 for obstetrics, 34 for medical/surgical, 10 for A.L.C. (alternate level of care), 10 for paediatrics and 13 for chronic care. The hospital is staffed with 1 Radiologist that is filled by a group of radiologists from Sudbury, 17 Family Physicians which include 2 General Surgeons, 3 General Practitioner/Anaesthetists and 12 General Practitioners. Several specialists from out-of-town provide monthly clinics in the areas of psychiatry, orthopaedics, gynaecology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, paediatrics, urology, gastroenterology, nephrology, dermatology, cardiovascular surgery and internal medicine.

The hospital has a 24 hour Emergency Department which is staffed by the local physicians. Besides inpatient surgery, the hospital also has a day surgery department as well as outpatient services in audiology, chiropody, physiotherapy, speech pathology and diabetes education. In addition to the hospital programs, the organization also offers a chemical dependency program which houses a 40 bed residential unit, a 12 bed detoxification unit and two day programs for youth and seniors. Elliot Lake has 3 clinics offering services from 17 physicians. They also offer services in Massey and Spanish where their physicians rotate in order to offer services in both locations.

In the early years, this very busy mining community provided uranium to the world market. Comprised mostly of very young families, it provided a haven for the outdoors and sports enthusiasts. In recent years, with the decline in the mining industry, Elliot Lake has developed a thriving retirement program which has attracted seniors from all parts of Ontario and is now a well recognized retirement community. A variety of recreational and social programs meet the needs of their citizens. The scenic landscape and many lakes provide many opportunities to enjoy nature.

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Gore Bay is located on Manitoulin Island - the largest freshwater island in the world. Situated on the northern shore of the Island, Gore Bay is the service and retail hub of the western half of Manitoulin, supporting farming, fishing and tourism industries. Approximately 2500 permanent residents live in the western half of Manitoulin Island (with about 900 living in Gore Bay), and this population doubles or triples during the tourist seasons.

While there is no hospital in Gore Bay, the medical practice is varied and interesting. The two resident physicians (a husband and wife team) see patients at the office, make regular rounds at the nursing home, do house calls and visit a satellite clinic on the Sheshegwaning First Nation Reserve. They have learned to cope without ready access to hospital and specialist services. The local physicians take pride in their up-to-date library and knowledge of computers for teaching and continuing educations.

Drs. Hamilton and McRae have been honoured as the Ontario College of Family Physicians Community Teachers of the year. The award is given to "an outstanding community teacher in family medicine. Residents acknowledge the importance of having community family preceptors serve as models during their family medicine training program, in addition to providing the opportunity to practice family medicine in a non-urban setting." Gore Bay was the first rural placement for residents in the Northeastern Ontario Family Medicine Program located in Sudbury and has been taking residents since October of 1991, averaging three or four residents a year.

The apartment available for the students or residents is well appointed and in a central location. Depending on the season, one may go swimming from lovely beaches, hike or bike beautiful trails, fish through the ice, or ski and sauna near the Bay.


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Little Current is situated in the District of Manitoulin with a population of 1,461 and is considered to be a tourism town.

In February of 1980, the St.Joseph's General Hospital and the Red Cross Hospital in Mindemoya merged to form the Manitoulin Health Centre which has 77 beds of which 35 are allocated for medical/surgical, 10 for obstetrics, 11 for paediatrics and 20 for chronic care. Thirteen physicians provide the bulk of medical care and are complemented by a number of medical specialists offering clinics in the following services: Cardiology, Cardiovascular, Chiropody, Chronic Pain Control, Dialysis, Dietetic, Ear, Nose and Throat, Surgery, Gerontology, Gynaecology, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic, Paediatric, Podiatry, Prenatal Care, Pulmonary Function, Rheumatology, Ultra Sound and Urology.

The Manitoulin Health Centre has to provide services not only for the 12,000 permanent residents of the Island but also for a seasonal and visiting population of approximately 30,000 each year. Important linkages have been established between the health professionals of "western" medicine and the traditional healers of the first nation peoples resident on Manitoulin Island.

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Situated in the district of Algoma, Richard's Landing is situated on the West end of the North Channel. It has a population of 1,082 with a household of 848. It is considered to be a retirement town as well as a tourist attraction for St.Joseph Island.

Matthews Memorial Hospital was built in 1928 and has 9 beds that serve the public for acute care. Dr. Robert Armstrong is the only physician on board and he also works in the doctors' office which is situated just a short distance from the hospital. There is also a Physiotherapy and Psychology clinic that operate for a half day once a week. With a 24 hour emergency room, the hospital specializes in Family Medicine. Matthews Memorial & Thessalon Hospitals are affiliated with the Plummer Memorial Public Hospital as well as the Sault Ste Marie General Hospital.

Thessalon has a medical clinic with 2 physicians and, the Thessalon Hospital has 15 beds that are used for acute care medical, family medicine, with 2 emergency rooms for 24 hour emergency care. Physiotherapy and Psychology Clinics are also held half days once a week.

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Sault Ste Marie is situated in the district of Algoma with a population of approximately 81,000 servicing a catchment area of approximately 121,000 with a household of 31,340. It is traditionally known as being a steel town but was also founded on the forest industry. It's considered to be an educational and research town which runs along the St.Mary's river. Sault Ste Marie is situated near the United States boarder and overlooks Lake Superior.

Plummer Memorial Public Hospital

Built in 1917, the hospital has 178 beds of which 8 are used for I.C.U., 8 for C.C.U., 80 for medical, 16 for short stay surgery, 30 for surgery, 6 for oncology and 30 for psychiatry.

General Hospital

Built in 1898, the hospital has 120 beds of which 28 are allocated for medical palliative care, 20 for obstetrics, 12 for paediatrics, 6 for I.C.U., 24 for surgical and 30 for extended care.

The hospitals (Plummer Memorial Public Hospital and the General Hospital) are staffed with 63 active family and emergency Medicine Practitioners and 5 courtesy family and emergency Medicine Practitioners, 3 active Diagnostic Imaging, 8 active Anaesthesiologists, 1 courtesy Anaesthesiologist, 5 active Ophthalmologists, 9 active Obstetricians/Gynaecologists, 1 courtesy Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, 1 active Psychiatrist, 6 courtesy Psychiatrists, 4 active Pathologists, 3 active Orthopaedics, 15 active Internal Medicine, 7 courtesy Internal Medicine, 14 active Surgeons, 2 courtesy Surgeons (7 General Surgeons, 2 Urologists, 3 E.N.T., 2 Plastic Surgeons), 6 active Paediatricians and 1 courtesy Paediatrician.

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Hornepayne is situated in the heart of the Boreal Forest in Northern Ontario with a population and catchment area of approximately 1,600. This is a young, friendly community offering clean air as well as many summer and winter activities such as camping, tennis, boating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing etc. on public courses in Hearst, Wawa and Marathon. Hornepayne is considered to be a railway town which is the break point on the Canadian National Railway where the crew change.

The Hornepayne Community Hospital is a well equipped Public Hospital with 20 beds - 6 Acute, 14 Long Term Care. It offers complete Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging with Ultrasound including Echocardiography, Rehabilitation Therapy (Physio, O.T.) services. Emergency, Ambulance and Medevac services are available on a 24 hour basis. Twice a year, a wide range of visiting specialists such as Orthopaedics, Endocrinologists, Cardiologists and Pediatricians offer services to the community. The Hospital is affiliated with the University of Ottawa and the NOFM/NEP (Sudbury Teaching Programs).

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Iroquois Falls largest single industry is that of forest products owned and operated by Abitibi Power & Paper Co. Ltd. With a population of 5,223 and a household of 2,353, this community falls within the district of Cochrane.

From 1917 to 1955, the community was served by a small hospital set up and operated by Abitibi Power & Paper Co. Ltd. for the care of its employees and their families. In 1955, the company built a modern hospital on the present site and deeded it to the Province. Anson General Hospital was incorporated in that year. In the early 1980's it became apparent that the health care trends and community needs were changing. A complete redevelopment of the hospital with additional services was completed and the official opening of the hospital took place on June 29, 1990. This newly redeveloped 40 bed Community Hospital has been designed to provide a comprehensive health care service for its catchment population of 8,000. It is a fully accredited hospital which holds a strong philosophy of care with emphasis on quality of life to each individual on a primary level. The inpatient unit consists of 25 active beds and 15 chronic beds. Major services include general medicine, paediatrics, emergency, respiratory therapy, radiology, laboratory, ultrasonography, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietary counselling and a chronic care program. Hospital and Medical Services are organized to provide continuous on-call coverage for any emergency at the primary care level. Anson General Hospital operates a 24 hour Emergency Department and is known as an acute care hospital with 4 Physicians and 2 semi-retired Physicians. Specialty clinics are also run at the hospital on an ongoing basis such as orthopaedics, obstetrics/gynaecology, internal medicine (gastro & colonoscopies), urology, surgery, psycho-geriatrics and geriatrics. Anson General Hospital's nearest referral centre is Timmins which is approximately 45 to 60 minutes away. They have 3 General Surgeons, 2 Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1 E.N.T. Specialist, 1 Ophthalmologist, 1 Urologist, a Paediatrician, 3 Obstetricians and 4 Internists. Specialty clinics are also run at the hospital on an ongoing basis such as orthopaedics, obstetrics/gynaecology, internal medicine (gastro & colonoscopies), urology, surgery, psycho-geriatrics and geriatrics.

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The Englehart & District Hospital is situated in the District of Temiscaming and serves a catchment area of approximately 10,000. The hospital provides a full range of quality inpatient (active and chronic care) and outpatient services. Its goal is to obtain service in occupational therapy, palliative care, coronary care, rehabilitation, respite care, day hospital program, visiting clinicians' program and residency training program in Family Practice and also to expand existing capabilities to provide hydrotherapy in the Physiotherapy Department, diagnostic ultrasound in Radiology and other appropriate services or expansions that community or regional needs dictate.

The hospital was built in 1972 and inpatient care beds number 35, of which 21 are designated for acute care and 14 are designated for chronic care. The community is supported by 4 General Practitioners and the hospital holds a monthly orthopaedic clinic. A Radiologist is on site three times per week.

Englehart has a population of 2,413 and is considered to be a railway town.

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Espanola is situated in the District of Sudbury with a population of 5,312 and a household of 2,122. Its largest single industry is pulp and paper operated by E.B. Eddy Forest Products.

The Espanola General Hospital opened its doors to the public in 1954 and services a catchment area of 12,000. The hospital has 20 active beds, including 3 obstetrical and 3 paediatric beds and a 12 bed chronic unit. It provides an emergency service with a 24 hour 7 day week basis. The hospital provides routine radiology and ultrasound services for its clients. It houses outreach infant development and mental health programs from Sudbury and provides visiting specialists in surgery, paediatrics, cardiology, urology, E.N.T. and ophthalmology with space to conduct monthly clinics. The hospital ceased doing obstetrics, as in many small hospitals have done, particularly because the nearest obstetric unit is within a 50 minute drive. They presently have 5 doctors who all work out of the local medical clinic in the centre of town. The Espanola General Hospital has a Rehabilitation Department which offers services in both Physiotherapy and Outpatient Orthopaedics. The primary caseload is outpatient orthopaedics, with a mix of paediatric, neurological and cardiopulmonary conditions. As well, they have been managing a back-care program along with a WCB community clinic. The Rehabilitation Department has a full time staff complement of a Director, 2 staff Physiotherapists, and an Occupational Therapist.

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The St.Joseph Health Centre is situated in the district of Algoma with a population of 3,913 servicing a catchment area of approximately 8,000. Blind River was originally known for its forestry and is now considered a tourism and highway service town situated on the North Channel of Lake Huron as well as the Mississaugi River.

Built in 1992, the hospital has 36 beds which are allocated as follows: 16 acute, 10 chronic and 10 extended care. The hospital is a primary care facility providing emergency, general medicine, paediatric and long term care services to the residents of the Northshore while assisting in the provision of specialist clinics. It also houses a variety of outreach programs. There are 5 active General Practitioners and several consultants that offer their services either on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis such as: 2 Cardiologists, 1 Otolaryngologist, 1 Urologist, 3 Radiologists, 1 Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeon, 1 Paediatrician, 1 Psychiatrist, 1 Internal Medicine, 1 Pathologist, 1 Gerontologist and 1 Dermatologist. The hospital has a 24 hour Emergency Department. Three Dentists, General Surgeons and Obstetricians/Gynaecologists also have privileges in the hospital.

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Parry Sound is situated in the District of Parry Sound with a population of 6,052 and its major activity is tourism.

The Parry Sound District Hospital amalgamated on April 1, 1995 with St.Joseph Hospital and is now known as the West Parry Sound Hospital. It serves a catchment area of approximately 10,000 in the winter and approximately 35,000 to 40,000 in the summer. It provides primary care and is the only acute care facility within a 100 mile radius on a major TransCanada transportation corridor. There are 66 beds of which 12 are allocated for transitional care, 12 for obstetrics, 24 for medical/surgical, 2 for paediatrics, 6 for intensive care and 10 for day surgery. St.Joseph's Hospital is a 12 bed chronic care facility resulting from the amalgamation. The development of a 12-bed unit for Transitional Care has allowed the Nursing and Rehabilitation staff to develop care plans for patients awaiting placement.

Medical services are delivered by a skilled and knowledgeable group of physicians. A core of General Practitioners provide medical, surgical, obstetrical, paediatric, critical care and emergency services. Some are qualified as General Practitioner/Anaesthesiologists. Two General Surgeons provide a wide range of surgical service with the need for skills in Orthopaedic procedures due to the trauma cases encountered in the area. Pathology and Radiology are provided locally.

Visiting Consultants provide specialty services on a regular basis such as for Rheumatology, Urology, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry. A full-time Internist also provides services to the area.

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