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WDMH: Preparing the next generation of caregivers

WDMH: Preparing the next generation of caregivers

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 2nd 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 who has been an RPN for 35 years and has worked at WDMH for almost 20.

Family Medicine Residents Shelby Allison and Zing-Wae Wong

Christopher says that his Mom and other members of his family work as RPNs and he would love to work 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 Shelby and Zing will spend 2 years at WDMH and in the local community. There are currently 6 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 Shelby. “WDMH offers a supportive work environment, with excellent preceptors, and gives me the opportunity to give back to community.”  Zing 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 Cholly Boland, CEO.

If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613.774.1049 or by email at cboland@wdmh.on.ca.

Featured photo: 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).

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