Preparing the next generation of caregivers at Winchester District Memorial Hospital

Above, photo left: Family Medicine Residents Shelby Allison and Zing-Wae Wong. Above, photo right: Christopher Regpala (first row, second from left) and his classmates from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, with Instructor and WDMH RPN Jackie Imrie (back row, second from left).

WINCHESTER — Every year, more than 250 students come to Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) to learn. In fact, 50 nursing students were at WDMH in the last term alone.

Christopher Regpala is a second year Registered Practical Nursing (RPN) student at St. Lawrence College in Brockville. He and his classmates have been coming to WDMH every Tuesday for 11 weeks. Their instructor is Jackie Imrie, an RPN of 35 years who has worked at WDMH for almost 20.

Regpala says his mom and other members of his family work as RPNs, and he would love to be employed at WDMH one day. “It’s been a good experience with lots of hands-on training. They are really helping us to develop more skills.”

WDMH also welcomed two new family medicine residents earlier this year — Shelby Allison and Zing-Wae Wong. Both Allison and Wong will spend two years at WDMH and in the local community. There are currently six family medicine residents at WDMH who experience all aspects of a community family practice in a rural setting.

“I was born and raised in this community, and now live here with my husband who is a local farmer,” explains Allison. “WDMH offers a supportive work environment, with excellent preceptors, and gives me the opportunity to give back to community.”

Wong agrees. “I like the supportive learning environment and the wonderful patients.”

“From high school co-op students to family medicine residents, students are welcomed and supported by the entire WDMH team. Upon graduation, many of these students turn their educational opportunity into a career at WDMH,” notes WDMH CEO Cholly Boland.

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