Bluewater Health Encourages Indigenous Self-identification

Monday, July 29, 2019 - 9:17am

SARNIA & PETROLIA – July 29, 2019 – Beginning today, Indigenous patients at Bluewater Health will have the opportunity to voluntarily self-identify at registration. The self-identification will be saved in their patient record, allowing the hospital to provide extra support through the Indigenous Patient Navigator as needed.
Everyone registering for patient care at Bluewater Health will be asked if they would like to self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit. If they answer “yes” or “no” the response will be saved and the patient will not be asked when registering in the future. If they do not provide a response, they will be asked on their next visit. Proof of status is not required.


“Bluewater Health encourages Indigenous Self-identification so we can better determine opportunities for service enhancements and address health needs in the local Indigenous communities,” says Nikki George, Indigenous Patient Navigator. “The information collected will be used for the sole purpose of providing the best possible care to patients.”

Bluewater Health is committed to improving the health of Indigenous people, and responding to The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action related to healthcare. The hospital introduced the Indigenous Patient Navigator role in June 2018, and since that time has supported a number of activities to enhance cultural awareness at the hospital, including the sharing of two individuals’ personal survival stories from residential school and the Sixties Scoop. One of the hospital’s eight private labour and birthing rooms is larger to accommodate Indigenous families and ceremonies.
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.

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For more information contact:
Julia Oosterman
Chief, Communications & Public Affairs
Bluewater Health
519-328-3136

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