On April 17th, the North Hastings District Hospital Auxiliary hosted the SE Region Spring Conference of the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario. Each year one of the member auxiliaries organizes a conference to provide opportunities for education in a health area and to share activities and successes within the region.
Registration started promptly at 9:30. All delegates were treated to homemade muffins, croissants and jams as well as a selection of fresh fruits. At ten, Rose Goodwin, president of NHDHA, welcomed everyone and introduced the head table. Not only had the executive of Region 8 attended but also the provincial president, Elen MacMillan.
After the formal, business part of the meeting, Dr. Alan Samis from Belleville spoke about the signs of stroke and the necessity to immediately get help. “Call 911” was his repeated message. If you should experience loss of the use of hands, arms or legs, dizziness, loss of vision or difficulty talking, do not drive to the hospital. Call 911 and indicate that you are having a stroke. This will start the rapid response protocol and you will be taken directly to the best location where medical staff be waiting for you. Time is of the essence as every minute you lose MANY brains cells. Also a clot busting drug can be administered within three hours of onset depending on the type of stroke. Belleville has an excellent Stroke Protocol with impressive results … but you must get there in time. Dr. Samis stressed that we should be passing this info on to all our friend and relatives. The entire audience was focused. Dr. Samis‘s presentation was clear, concise and in a language that all could understand. His real life stories emphasized his message.
A delicious buffet lunch was served by members of the local auxiliary. All the food was prepared by the volunteers, from wonderful chicken paired with a choice of several salads to a very tempting dessert table of cakes and fruit. No one left hungry!
The new executive for South East Region for 2014 – 2016 was installed after lunch and a draw was made for gift baskets that had been donated by local businesses and residents. Baskets were received from Jeanette Howsen, Elda Sopha, Shoppers Drug Mart and Spatopia.
Every attendee left with a memory from Bancroft. In bags donated by Foodland were a NHDHACalendar, items from the town that included pens and brochures and minerals donated by Andy Christie of the Sodalite Mine.