St. Martha’s Regional Hospital

Posted at 8:25 am on December 20, 2017

St. Martha’s Regional Hospital will soon get a new Palliative Care inpatient unit. The Nova Scotia Health Authority has announced a local company, Tate

St. Martha’s Regional Hospital

Construction has been awarded the contract to build the unit, to be located on the hospital’s fourth floor.  Work is expected to begin in mid-January. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital site lead Martha Cooper says it will be a dedicated unit with six beds.

The new unit will include space for families and volunteers.
The St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation has committed up 600-thousand dollars to fund capital costs, while the hospital auxiliarly will contribute up to 150-thousand dollars for furnishings and equipment.
The new unit will open later next year.

Posted at 9:30 am on October 23, 2017

A clinic for expectant mothers at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish that is somewhat unique to Nova Scotia received some national attention.  It’s called

Nurses Lisa MacDonald (left) and Colleen Boyd (right) of the Open Arms Family Clinic at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital at a national conference in Halifax where they made a presentation on the clinic.

the Open Arms Family Clinic in the Children and Women’s Health Unit at St. Martha’s.

Nurses Colleen Boyd and Lisa MacDonald made a presentation on their clinic to the recent Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses National Conference in Halifax.  Both are international board certified lactaction consultants.
MacDonald says the clinic works with the expectant mothers in the months leading up to the birth to develop a plan after the baby is born.   MacDonald says in the past, health care professionals with the hospital met the mother for the first time when she arrived to deliver her baby.
Boyd says support is also provided by the clinic to the Mom after the baby is born
Boyd and MacDonald made a presentation to the conference thanks to support from St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation.  Their presentation, called “Ahead of the Birth, Planning Post Partum Discharge Prenatally” was well received.

Posted at 9:51 am on January 4, 2017

St. Martha’s Regional Hospital welcomed its first baby of the New Year. At 9:54 a.m. on January First, Olivia Brielle Elizabeth Dunbar was born to proud parents, Kathryn MacDonald and David Dunbar of Antigonish.
A quilt was donated by the Highland Quilt Guild to the new baby. Every year a quilt is given to the first New Years baby born at the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital.