With Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation Executive Director Amy Gillespie on Wednesday, Adopt a Medical Resident, Drs. Geoffrey Hodgetts of the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University announced. Photo taken on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, in Cornwall, Ont. Todd Hambleton / Cornwall Standard Freeholder / Postmedia Network

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It's time to "adopt a medical resident," a partnership between Queen's University and the Cornwall Community Hospital.

It is a fundraising in Eastern Ontario. The foundation's goal is to raise $ 135,000 a year and the cost of one licensed physician each academic year for three years (2019-2021) for inclusion in the Queen's Family Medicine-Emergency Medicine (FM-EM) -residence balance program, in which the participating physicians sign contracts to work at least two years after completing their stay in the CCH emergency room.

"Not only do we want them to stay two years, but they want to stay here to build a career," said Amy Gillespie, executive director of the CCH Foundation, in the announcement on Wednesday night. "The collaboration with our hospital, Queen's University and our wonderful community (the Foundation is) is proud to bring new medical talent to Cornwall."

Gillespie called it good news on two fronts: the foundation will help bring more doctors to the CCH, and any monies beyond this annual goal will go into getting vital medical equipment "that gives the doctors the tools they need to help patients on the spot. "

The partnership between the School of Medicine at Queen's University and the CCH makes Cornwall Hospital an official practice site for the prestigious FM-EM program. Residents will spend six months training in Cornwall, in addition to CHEO stays at the Kingston Health Sciences Center.

After the training, the participating physicians stay at the CCH.

"It will be very interesting to see how it all develops," Dr. Geoffrey Hodgetts of the Queen's Department of Family Medicine – the Enhanced Skills Program Director – at the announcement in Cornwall.

Hodgetts said there are 44 applicants specifically for Cornwall, and that "these people are really high performers in their own programs … we'll find out who we're getting in December."

Dr. Joseph Newbigging, head of the residency program at the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine at Queen's, said, "Integrated into training strong residents with emergency medical skills, they get rich clinical experience in the community and Cornwall is ideally community and hospital to provide such exposure. "

In order to start the fundraiser, the hospital will match donations over the period 2018-19-19, allowing the program to secure a total of four new doctors within three years. On-site training at CCH begins next July.

"Recruiting medical staff is competitive," said Jeanette Despatie, CEO of CCH. "We know we have to stand firm in our goal to win the best."

The CCH Foundation has achieved significant achievements since its inception in 2004, with volunteers, supporters and donors in the region engaging in the much-needed funding to provide equipment to the hospital.

Thanks to generous donations from the community in recent years, the hospital has received a new West Wing with state-of-the-art emergency and operating rooms as well as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The foundation announced last spring that the $ 1.2 million donation target for the Community Addiction and Mental Health Center was reached ten months ahead of schedule. The center is an eastern part of Ontario. It offers customers from children to seniors an easier help.