TORONTO, May 16, 2008 – The Honourable Tony Clement, federal minister of health, will join nurses celebrating the grand opening of the Ruth Dare Health Clinic in Rosseau on May 17.
The visit coincides with the annual Take Your MPP/MP to Work event organized by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). It gives politicians the chance to see the realities of front-line health care, and the effect nurses’ knowledge, expertise and compassion have on countless lives in Ontario. Thirty-five politicians are taking part in events across the province this week.
“Nursing Week provides an important forum to remind politicians how nurses help people remain healthy, and get access to timely, high quality health services when they need them,” says RNAO president Wendy Fucile.
The opening of the Ruth Dare clinic also marks a milestone for community members who will now be able to receive expanded services from nurses and other health professionals. Funds to build the clinic – which replaces the nursing station that was located in a trailer – came from the Dare family, the federal and municipal governments, and local community donations.
Federal Minister of Health and MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, Hon. Tony Clement
Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka
Clinic nurse practitioner Donna Kearney and other staff at Ruth Dare Health Clinic
RNAO member Laurie Boyer
Opening of Ruth Dare Health Clinic and Take Your MPP/MP to Work event
Ruth Dare Health Clinic, 17 Victoria St., Rosseau
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m.
RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.