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Local Physicians and Critical Care Team to Receive Patients’ Choice Award



Kingston, ON, Thursday, May 9 -– For the first time ever patients in the South East Local Health Integration Network have nominated physicians and a critical care team for the Patients’ Choice Award. The Patients’ Choice Award honours health-care professionals who have demonstrated exceptional care within their community.

This year’s recipients are from Kingston, ON. Family Physician Dr. Sandra Cowan of Tamworth Medical Centre, Dr. Conrad Watters, Cosmetic Surgeon at Hotel Dieu Hospital, Dr. John Rudan, Orthopaedic Surgeon at KGH, Dr. Peter Brown, Vascular Surgeon at KGH, Dr. David Ruggles, Physiatrist at Providence Care, Dr. Sheryl French, Psychologist at Kingston West Psychological Services, and Heidi Linley, Physiotherapist at KGH, were nominated by their patients for the care they have provided and their commitment to enhancing the patients' overall experience within the health-care system.

The Patients' Association of Canada and the Ontario Medical Association will award the winners with the Patients’ Choice Award tonight at the opening of the ‘Transforming the Patient Experience: Knowledge Exchange’ conference hosted by Kingston General Hospital, at the Ambassador Conference Resort. This is the first time patients from within the Southeastern Ontario community will participate in the patient-led awards. Other communities that have recognized their health-care professionals with a Patients’ Choice Award include Thunder Bay, Sarnia-Lambton, Ottawa, Windsor and Peterborough.


"Kingston General Hospital is proud to be part of the Patients' Choice Awards honouring physicians and health-care teams for the outstanding care they provide patients and their families within our community. I am very pleased to congratulate all the winners and would like to thank the patients for their nominations.”

Leslee Thompson CEO & President Kingston General Hospital

"There is too little public awareness of good instances of the care that patients receive from their physicians and we want physicians to know that we appreciate their commitment to hearing and listening to the patient voice. By nominating special doctors, patients have made their positive experiences count as they are the fundamental basis for bringing about change to our health care system.”

Dr. Sholom Glouberman President of the Patients’ Association of Canada

“Ontario’s doctors want to congratulate all the recipients on their Patients’ Choice Award. Patients in the South East LHIN nominated physicians from across the region, demonstrating the strong patient care in the community and the dedication physicians have to the medical profession.”

Dr. Scott Wooder President of the Ontario Medical Association

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