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OSMH Program Manager recognized for delivering compassionate patient care

4/30/2013 12:00:00 AM

(Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - Orillia, ON) – Years of being a champion for those suffering from chronic kidney disease have earned provincial honours for Carolyn Bowman, Program Manager of the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Kidney Care program hosted by Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (OSMH).


Bowman was presented with the Human Touch Award, presented by Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Renal Network, Thursday in Toronto.  The Human Touch Award honours front-line cancer and renal healthcare professionals, providers and volunteers who provide exemplary and compassionate care in Ontario.


"I was surprised and extremely touched to have been nominated by my colleagues and I am truly honoured that Cancer Care Ontario and Ontario Renal Network chose me for the award," says Carolyn Bowman.  "I have dedicated my award to our former CEO, Glen Penwarden who had a vision 25 years ago to bring dialysis services north to serve the residents of Simcoe and Muskoka."


Since she started at OSMH as Manager of the Dialysis Program in 1992, Bowman has propelled the program from a four-chair hemodialysis unit to a 54-chair regional program with 92 peritoneal patients, 17 home hemodialysis patients and over 1,000 kidney care patients with five satellite units at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, Georgian Bay General Hospital in Penetanguishene, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare in Huntsville and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston.


Bowman is a colleague, mentor and friend to her team in the Kidney Care Program.  She makes a point to know the patients and families in the dialysis program at OSMH by name. She is compassionate, supportive and knowledgeable, always questioning how her efforts will help the patient. She makes those around her strive to strengthen their commitment to improving the lives of renal patients.


"Carolyn is an outstanding nurse and manager, she has been an instrumental force in the expansion of the regional kidney care program and a champion for bringing new ways of treating dialysis here to OSMH," says Cheryl Harrison, Vice President, Patient Services, Regional Programs and Chief Nursing Executive.  "Carolyn has dedicated her life to helping people with chronic disease, giving them new life and making them feel empowered.  This provincial award is very deserving and we are extremely happy that she has been recognized for the passion and the leadership she brings to her role."


“Compassion is vital in healthcare as it has the ability to shape the patient and family experience,” says Michael Shearer, President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario. “This year’s award recipients have gone beyond what is asked of them to provide patients with exceptional care.”


The seventh annual Human Touch Awards are co-sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division and helped made possible by a donation from the RBC Foundation.


About Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario (just 114 kilometres north of Toronto) and serves more than 440,000 residents in North Simcoe Muskoka. OSMH provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including medical, surgical and emergency care, dialysis, obstetrical and paediatric care, oncology, complex continuing care, mental health and rehabilitation services. While it remains Orillia’s community hospital, OSMH is also a leader and provider of designated regional specialized services. For more information please visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.


About Cancer Care Ontario

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) -- an Ontario government agency -- drives quality and continuous improvement in disease prevention and screening, the delivery of care and the patient experience, for cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care for key health services. Known for its innovation and results driven approaches, CCO leads multi-year system planning, contracts for services with hospitals and providers, develops and deploys information systems, establishes guidelines and standards and tracks performance targets to ensure system-wide improvements in cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care.





Media Contacts:


Tori Gass

Senior Public Relations Advisor

Cancer Care Ontario




Jaclyn Bucik

Community Relations Specialist

Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

705-325-2201 ext. 3617


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