Bringing Health Care Close to Home
- It’s -25 ºC outside and you’re 3-year-old has a fever. The nearest medical facility is at least 30 km. away.
- You’re 80 years old and living on a farm that’s been in your family for generations. You’re diabetic, as are 1 in 10 Quebecers.
Did you know that 1 in 4 people living in the Eastern Townships do not have a family doctor? Only one other region in Quebec has a lower ratio.
Did you know that Quebec has the longest average emergency room wait times in Canada? One in three people will wait more than 5 hours to see a medical professional. The average length of a visit to the ER is 9 hours.
Did you know that the proportion of people aged 65 and over in the Eastern Townships is higher than anywhere else in Quebec, at more than 20%.
Making the dream of a rural health care center a reality is the result of a remarkable effort by a group of concerned citizens. Communities were canvassed to determine health needs, a building rented and renovated, and members were signed up. Money to fund the project was raised from local municipalities, industries and generous individuals.
The Massawippi Valley Health Centre – a cooperative – opening its doors in April 2015.
Our small, "patient-centred" clinic is welcoming and accessible to the surrounding rural communities, a population that, too often, puts off seeking medical care. Thanks to this clinic, chronic diseases are being caught earlier, people don’t have to go to the ER as frequently, the elderly can remain in their homes, and young families are attracted to an area where health care is readily available.
As the demands of our clinic grow, and the needs of the community evolve, so do the needs for more funding.
Did you know that the clinic's physicians are the only expense covered by the provincial government?
To help cover operational costs, our current reality is the need for $60,000 .
Thanks to this CanadaHelps campaign, we aim to raise $20,000.
With your support, the Massawippi Valley Health Centre will continue to provide health services to those in need.
The 1st $10K of your donations will be generously matched by an anonymous donor!
On behalf of the Massawippi Valley Health Centre, and our surrounding communities, we thank you
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