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Branch Merger at VON

March 31, 2005 - The Victorian Order of Nurses’ Renfrew County and Ottawa-Carleton branches will be merged into one, effective April 1, 2005, and be known as the Ottawa-Renfrew County Branch. The merger will strengthen the VON’s presence in both communities and open the door for growth and diversification.

The Executive Director of the VON Ottawa-Carleton Branch, Bob Cerniuk, said: “We are excited to be working with a Branch located so close to us and that can provide expertise to help us grow in our community. This merger will strengthen our operations as VON continues to deliver innovative, comprehensive health care and social services in Ottawa-Carleton and Renfrew County.”

“This is a win-win situation,” said Steve Perry, Executive Director of the VON Renfrew County Branch.“Importantly, VON services will continue to be delivered locally, under the supervision of local staff, and with the help of local volunteers. At the same time, the merger will provide our office with the financial stability of a broader operational base so that we can compete again in bids for the delivery of nursing services in our county.”

“When the call is made for tenders to deliver nursing and community support services in Renfrew County, VON will once again be a contender,” added Mr. Perry. All current VON services in both communities will continue uninterrupted throughout the amalgamation process, and no jobs will be lost as a result of the initiative.

The two boards of directors will be combined to form one, larger board, so that local health care issues in both communities can continue to receive needed focus and attention. Also, the Renfrew County Program Committee will continue to oversee local programs and its Chair and Vice Chair will be members of the expanded Board of Directors.

The VON Renfrew County Branch has been serving its community since 1920 and currently operates with a staff of 80 employees and some 300 volunteers. VON Ottawa-Carleton Branch is Canada’s oldest community nursing organization. Founded in 1898, it now employs 660 people, and calls upon the help of over 100 volunteers.

“We owe much of our success to our volunteers and staff,” Mr. Cerniuk said. “They should be proud of their contribution. The Ottawa-Renfrew County Branch looks forward to their continued support as we provide nursing and community care services throughout the Ottawa Valley.”

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For further Information:
Greg Penney
(613) 749-7557 ext. 144
E-mail: gpenney@vonottawa.on.ca
Att. : Backgrounder Below

The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON)
VON is a not-for-profit, national health organization offering a wide range of community health care solutions in response to the needs of Canadians from coast to coast. VON is dedicated to being a leader in the delivery of innovative, comprehensive health and social services, and to influencing the development of health and social policy in Canada. The 67 VON branches across Canada have a combined workforce of over 7,000 employees and 12,000 volunteers.

Ottawa-Carleton Branch (VON Ottawa-Carleton)
Founded in 1898, the Ottawa-Carleton Branch has provided care to clients living in the Ottawa-Carleton region for over 106 years. The Branch has delivered nursing services under contract, originally with Home Care, and then with the Ottawa Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), since the inception of the publicly funded service in the mid-1960s.

The VON Ottawa-Carleton Branch provides home nursing and support services to thousands of Ottawa residents and to the following communities of Ottawa-Carleton and the Lower Ottawa Valley: Almonte, Ashton, Arnprior, Barnesdale, Burritt's Rapids, Carp, Constance Bay, Cumberland, Carlsbad Springs, Dunrobin, Edwards, Fitzroy Harbour, Goulbourn, Greely, Hammond, Kars, Kinburn, Kemptville, Kenmore, Limoges, Manotick, Metcalfe, Munster, Marionville, Navan, North Gower, Osgoode, Ottawa, Ramsayville, Richmond, Rideau, Rideau Township, Sarsfield, Stittsville, Smith Falls, Vars, Vernon, Woodlawn, Winchester (East of 2nd Line), and West Carleton.

Services include general visit and shift nursing, palliative care, wound care, advanced practice leg ulcer treatment, chemotherapy home infusion pump program, enterostomal therapy, in home and clinic foot care, flu immunization clinics, personal support services, specialized palliative care hospice services, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, dietetic and nutrition services, adult day programs and health promotion and wellness educational services.

Renfrew County Branch (VON Renfrew County)

The Renfrew County Branch has been serving its community since 1920. The Branch provides a variety of services and programs to a large valley community, which includes: the City of Pembroke; the towns of Arnprior, Deep River, Laurentian Hills, Petawawa, and Renfrew; the townships of Admaston/Bromley; Brudenell, Lyndoch & Raglan; Greater Madawaska; Head, Clara & Maria; Horton; Killaloe, Hagarty & Richards; Laurentian Valley; Madawaska Valley; McNab/Braeside; North Algona and Wilberforce; and Whitewater Region; and the Municipality of Bonnechere Valley.

Pembroke Civic Complex
The Renfrew County Branch manages the Pembroke Civic Complex, a residence for individuals who are independently mobile but who may need mechanical help and wish to live in a supportive, home-like environment. The complex is currently fully occupied, with 85 residents.

Home Support Program
The Branch also manages the Home Support Program, which consists of volunteer visiting and medical transportation services, volunteer palliative care, frozen meals on wheels and community interest workshops. This program is supported by more than 180 volunteers, and serves over 400 clients throughout the Renfrew County.

Other services include the foot care clinics, and a companion sitter program.

Ottawa-Renfrew County Board of Directors
The VON Renfrew County Board of Directors (8 members) and the VON Ottawa-Carleton Board of Directors (15 members) will combine to form the Ottawa-Renfrew Board of Directors. Members include: Owen Adams, Carol Burrows, Marcel Collette, Joan Costello, Margaret Dunn, John Galligan, Roy Harle, Robert Holmes, Kelly Irvine, Dr.Marie Kiar, Dick Lane, Arnold Lawrence, Dr. Frances Legault, Marion Lemmon, Glenna MacKenzie, Jean Nelson, Kilby Rinco, Sister St. Mark, Edgar Schmidt, Virginia Schweitzer, Maynard Vander Galien, Kelly Williams and Terry Williams.


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