SARNIA & PETROLIA – April 30, 2021 – Whether in a hospital, long-term care home, clinic or a patient’s home, Ontario’s doctors are committed to providing high-quality care. On Saturday, May 1 – designated by the Ontario government as Doctors’ Day – Bluewater Health is encouraging the community to say thank you to the doctors who care for patients in Sarnia-Lambton. The date was selected to mark the birthday of Dr. Emily Stowe, Canada’s first female physician.
This past year has been unprecedented for physicians and all healthcare providers as they have worked tirelessly through this COVID-19 pandemic to continue to meet the needs of their patients.
“I am extremely grateful to our local physicians for working with Bluewater Health to ensure we are able to continue to deliver services to our patients,” said Dr. Mike Haddad, Chief of Staff. “Over the past year, physicians have introduced new service delivery models such as virtual care to continue to meet the needs of patients, surgeons have introduced same-day hip, knee, and shoulder surgeries to ensure we can continue to treat patients, physicians have assisted in providing 24/7 in-hospital on-call to support the needs of our COVID patients, served on committees to address infection control, ensured the right level of services to address capacity, and advocated to ensure those most in need of care receive treatment. Our family physician colleagues have assisted with assessment centres, vaccine clinics, and respiratory clinics – all to support keeping our citizens and our community safe during the pandemic.”
Bluewater Health supports the Ontario Medical Association’s campaign, which encourages Ontarians to recognize doctors by sharing the hashtags #DoctorsDay and #ShineALightForThem on social media, shining a light with phones, flashlights or candles at 9:00 pm on May 1 for five minutes, or pledging their support for their local doctors at doctorsday.ca. On May 1, Sarnia City Hall and landmarks such as the CN Tower and Niagara Falls, will be lit blue to celebrate the day.
“As a physician myself, I know we care for patients at the most stressful times of their lives,” adds Haddad. “We work tirelessly with other healthcare professionals to adhere to our oath to heal, alleviate suffering and address the fears and anxiety of our patients and families because nothing is more important to physicians than the well-being and health of their patients and their families. On behalf of Bluewater Health, I would like to thank our local physicians for their dedication to caring for our patients both in the community and at the hospital.”
Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. Bluewater Health’s Mission is: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.