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Rama First Nation’s donation to OSMH a commitment to community health

Rama First Nation Chief and Council are pleased to announce a $115,000 donation over a 3-year period to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) on behalf of the community.  These funds will support the purchase of Medication Dispensing Cabinets and a Mental Health Safe Room in the Emergency Department.

“It’s an honour to work in partnership with Rama First Nation, supporting the health and wellbeing of the community,” said Carmine Stumpo, President and CEO of OSMH. “We are truly grateful for this incredible donation to OSMH, which will enhance the quality and safety of care in our critical care areas.   Chi miigwech.”

Historically, OSMH has played a key role in Rama’s health care program, providing emergency and ongoing care to members from birth to death.  With the support of OSMH, a First Nation Patient Navigator program is now in place to support aboriginal patients in connecting with medical resources.

“By investing in OSMH on behalf of Rama First Nation, we are making an investment in our community’s health,” said Chief Ted Williams.

During the pandemic, they assisted Rama’s Health Care team in becoming trained administrators for COVID testing.  OSMH provided test results so that Rama could react quickly to prevent spread in our community.  This relationship is one of the keys to integrated health care services in Rama First Nation.

Rama’s Director of Health and Social Services, Leanne McRae-Douglas said, “We are truly grateful for the ongoing partnership and the strengthened relationship that has been developed with OSMH.   It is through these very important partnerships that we are able to create a unified team approach for increased effectiveness of services and improved health outcomes of our community members.”