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Emo hospital construction to be wrapped up by new year

The Emo Health Centre will be fully open and operational by February, the CEO of Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. said Saturday.

“As an update, I’ll tell you contractors have promised me they’ll be done by Christmas, after which there will only be a few odds and ends to work on,” Wayne Woods told those on hand for the “Care Close to Home” Christmas fundraiser gala in Emo.

‘Care Close to Home’ closing in on Goal

In just over five months of active campaigning, “Care Close to Home” is closing in on its goal of $3.5 million for two major renovation projects at La Verendrye hospital in Fort Frances and the Emo Health Centre.

The $8.3-million projects will provide much-needed improvements to both facilities, focusing primarily on patient comfort, privacy, dignity, and ease of access.

Roseberry Runway presented ‘Eat Smart’ award

Public health nurse Heidi Ivall was in Barwick last Thursday morning to present Jackie Champagne, owner/operator of Roseberry Runway, with the provincial “Eat Smart!” award.

“This award-winning restaurant promotes healthy living in the community,” noted Ivall, by meeting exceptional standards in food safety, non-smoking seating, and healthier food choices.

Public board sees mixed EQAO results

The Rainy River District School Board said it is committed to keep working at improving local student achievement after seeing some grade three and six scores drop below—and some rise above—provincial standards.

The announcement came Tuesday with the board’s release of the results of testing done by the Education Quality and Accountability Office back in May.

Emo, Rainy River hospitals get new nurse managers

Following the retirement of Norma Elliott, Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. has hired two new nurse managers for the Emo and Rainy River Health Centres.

Tammy McNally took over the reins at the Rainy River hospital earlier this month while Edith Bodnar of Alberton will be in charge at Emo once renovations are complete and its doors open again in January.