Community ~ Health Care Services

Residents of Lennox Island enjoy a great, personal relationship with the staff at The Lennox Island Health Centre. In addition to providing the people of Lennox Island with health care, our facility delivers home support and substance abuse counselling, provides access to fitness and maternal-health coordinators and so much more. We also create partnerships with local schools and community groups to service our community’s ongoing health needs and maintain close ties with families of Lennox Island. Our Health Care Centre also includes the Eagle Nest Gym making a healthy lifestyle through fitness accessible to the community.

HEALTH CENTRE ROLES
STAFF NAME
DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICESMichelle McLean
• Oversees all Health/Health Sponsored programming.
• Establishes an administrative structure, which supports professional operations and allows for the recruitment and selection of appropriate nurses, programs coordinators and support staff.
• Provides leadership and direction for the day-to-day functioning of our multi-disciplinary team.
CHR/WELLNESS DIRECTORTracy MacLennan 
• Establishes partnerships with community groups (schools, recreation department, etc.) that creates programming opportunities in the area of family wellness.
• Coordinates with the Director of Health Services, and the Lennox Island Band Council, to obtain Health and Wellness program funding through grants, government and operational funds.
• Establishes and organizes committees for all relevant programs.
• Develops and maintains positive relationships with clients, parents, staff, co-workers and all partners.
HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE NURSE COORDINATORMarlene MacLennan 
• Receives referrals for clients across the life span, with varying health needs for institutions, community agencies and individuals.
• Screens referrals for eligibility and suitability for admission to home care in accordance with policy guidelines.
• Establishes and maintains close liaison with families, significant others, attending physicians and other health care providers involved in the clients’ care.
• Collects relevant information related to client’s needs, conduct nursing diagnosis, plans. Implements and evaluates the plan of care for clients.
COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSECharlene Palmer 
• Establishes a health care plan by identifying appropriate and effective measures to meet defined needs, identifying activity and interventions to be undertaken, identifying community resources and services and identifying key indicators to use for an evaluation tool.
• Implements a health care plan by facilitating health related services, or providing health education, promotion and prevention services.
• Accesses health stats, needs and coping abilities of clients.
• Records and reports information obtained to appropriate health care professionals when required.
NNADAP DIRECTORAlan Francis 
• Counsels people with substance abuse problems.
• Advocates helping clients use housing, employment, healthcare and other services and acts as support person for clients in the justice system.
• Supervises all NNADAP staff persons.
• Maintains confidentiality of program information obtained through client meetings.
• Engages staff in regular review of programs and in the redesign of programs in response to the review.
CHILD AND FAMILY WELLNESS COORDINATOR Blair Creelman
• Provides prevention services through identifying ongoing needs within the community.
•Participates in advisory committees and/or prevention task forces with other agencies, ministries or individuals.
• Assess clients to determine stage of change, risk indicators, client’s needs and appropriate referrals. Liaises with community resources, refers clients for further and/or alternate specialized services.
•Provides counselling in compliance with ethical standards on cases involving issues such as violence, sexual abuse or mental illness.
• Refers individuals to professionals who will identify their need for treatment programs.
NNADAP REPRESENTATIVEJean Stillway 
• Counsels people with substance abuse problems.
• Advocates, helping clients use housing, employment, healthcare and other services and acts as support person for clients in the justice system.
• Update and build upon the understanding of substance misuse issues and its impact on individuals and society.
• Helps implement a range of activities for preventing and/or reducing the incidence of alcohol and drug abuse in the community.
MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH COORDINATOR
April Perry
• Conducts initial visit following parent visitor survey/assessment with first time parents and/or families to establish rapport and plan for providing services.
• Provides regular planned visits to establish a trusting relationship for voluntary eligible HANDS participants(s) and to assist first time parents and/or families with child development, parenting skills, health services and other needed resources identified at assessment or during visits.
• Facilitate families in securing prenatal/child health services, referrals and appointments with other supportive agencies such as, resource centers, health providers, schools, headstart and family preservation services.
• Fosters the view and practice in parents that they are their child’s first and most important teacher and reinforce this concept with practical suggestions for its continual development.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT OFFICERTara Little 
• Develops policies that outline how the Lennox Island Health and Health sponsored programs will successfully function.
• Conducts relevant research for Directors in the Health Centre.
• Works closely with Program Directors/Coordinators to establish a sound development plan, policies and procedures to ensure program growth.
• Assists the Director of Health Services in all day-to-day duties.
HOME SUPPORT WORKERShirley Barlow
• Provides home management, personal care and respite assistance to clients based on the assessed needs.
• Assists clients with personal care as identified in care plan. I.e. bathing, grooming, dressing, skin care, assistance with eating, simple bedside care and toileting.
• Maintains a safe and sanitary environment. I.e. changing linen, laundry and light household cleaning.
• Provides attendant services or respite according to the care plan of the client. Supervision of clients who cannot be left alone.
WELLNESS SUPPORTTara Little 
• Provides screening and preparation of children to fully participate in program services.
• Assists in scheduling appointments with the visiting psychologist and all other visiting mental health professionals.
• Develops appropriate grant proposals and maintain necessary reporting and updates as required for continued funding.
• Establishes and maintains relations/membership with community, provincial and federal agencies and associations to remain current on programs, regulations, issues and legislation that affect the Early Childhood Education programming.
HEALTH PROMOTION COORDINATORLeanne Yeo
• Facilitates a weekly session focused on diabetes education.
• Presents timely information around proper nutrition, food preparation and the best way to address a diabetic-friendly diet.
• Helps individual clients create physical activity routines, as well as individual meal plans.
RECEPTIONIST/NIHB CLERKMarissa Lewis
• Provides effective office support services in order to ensure efficiency and effectiveness within the Lennox Island Health Centre.
• Receives, directs and relays telephone and fax messages.
• Directs community members and the general public to the appropriate staff members.
• Assists in the planning and preparation of meetings, conferences and conference telephone calls.•Develops and maintains a current and accurate filing system and responds to public inquiries.
ADULT PROGRAMMING FACILITATORSTracy MacLennan and Shirley Barlow
• Develops positive one-on-one relationships with clients by using a strength-based approach, identifying what clients require while building meaningful and trusting relationships.
• Develops group programs that teach day-to-day life skills, while promoting socialization.
• Refers clients to appropriate service providers in an effort to promote optimum mental health.
• Makes linkages and develops partnerships within and outside the community that will aid clients in receiving services including: addiction and substance abuse, family, parenting, stress management, problems with self-esteem, as well as mental and emotional health.
FITNESS COORDINATORLaura Bernard
• Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Eagle Nest Gym.
• Conducts tours and provides orientation to the gym facility, as well as the proper use of all equipment.
• Responsible for directing the registration process.
• Responsible for coordinating and reporting the overall maintenance and upkeep of gym owned equipment.
DOCTOR’S ASSISTANTJean Stillway
• Schedules and confirms appointments with patients.
• Receives and communicates messages to and for the visiting General Practitioner.
• Organizes patient files and arranges prescriptions for pharmacy pick up.
• Makes every attempt to meet unforeseen needs of the General Practitioner and patients.