‘Worth the Wait’ for WDMH’s latest Commitment Award recipients

The latest Commitment Award recipients are (l-r): Dr. Maren Hamilton, Family Physician; Frida Plourde, RN, Infection Control Coordinator; Ahmed Aly, Pharmacist; and the Information Desk Volunteers, represented at the presentation by Mary Fairbairn, Brenda Pascoe, Ross Bennett, Paulette Poulin, and Linda Foster.

WINCHESTER — While COVID-19 may have delayed the announcement of the latest Commitment Award honourees at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, it has also highlighted the important role each recipient plays at the institution.

WDMH’s Commitment Awards shine a light on individuals or teams that demonstrate the values that result in compassionate excellence.

Recently, the awards were presented to Dr. Maren Hamilton and Frida Plourde; Ahmed Aly; and the Information Desk volunteers.

Dr. Maren and Plourde, a Registered Nurse and Infection Control Coordinator, are acknowledged as exemplars of a team that ensures the well-being of all patients, staff, physicians, visitors and volunteers — at a time of increased focus on the importance of safe care. “They have worked diligently behind the scenes to inform and protect all of us.  They make a wonderful team,” note their nominators.

Pharmacist Ahmed Aly’s colleagues “would like to clone him,” quips WDMH. He is described as kind, compassionate, humble, and someone who always looks out for his patients and colleagues. “He goes above and beyond. His focus on patient care and his dedication to this hospital is second to none,” say his nominators. “He is the personification of what all health care professionals should strive to be.”

As for the last group of honourees, WDMH has been slowly welcoming back its crew of Information Desk volunteers, individuals “missed” by the hospital during their covid-compelled absence of the last few months.  “Kudos to the Information Desk volunteers who are the first point of contact for patients and visitors. Their welcoming smiles mean a lot, but their nominators say their contributions are much more than that: They ensure there is always a wheelchair available. They sometimes play soft to support a more relaxing atmosphere for those waiting in the lobby. They can assist clients with the parking machines. The list goes on. Their knowledge about what is going on in the organization is over and above many, and what they don’t know they will find out to make the patients’ and visitors’ experience more pleasant.”



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