This morning I arrived at work, and like any other day my head was full with the days schedule of events.  As I juggled the items I was carrying, attempting to unlock the office door without setting anything down, I glanced down the first floor hall and I paused for a moment.  As I looked past the nursing station towards the ramp, my mind wandered and I took a short trip down memory lane.  You see, sixteen years ago to the day I was walking up and down that exact ramp with my husband by my side, as I anxiously awaited the arrival of our first born.  The memories flooded back and the emotion caught me a little off guard.  Two of the best days of my life were spent in this hospital…each time we welcomed one of our children into this world.

As I sat down at my desk and began my daily routine, I continued to think about the times I’ve spent here at Clinton Public Hospital.  Some of them have been difficult, some have been sad, some hopeful and some truly beautiful!  However, each of these experiences all have several things in common…our local rural hospital, caring doctors, compassionate nurses and wonderful staff.  My heart is full when I think about Clinton Public Hospital and how it has been such an important part of my life throughout the years.  I am truly grateful to have our local hospital and the caring individuals who work here.  I am honoured to work for the Foundation, to support their mission in the advancement of health care and their commitment to the well-being of those served by CPH, as they continue to raise, manage and distribute funds for equipment and infrastructure for our hospital, which is not government funded.

I know that our hospital has seen many changes over the decades, some have been difficult to swallow and some are super exciting.  Either way, I am happy to know that our hospital has evolved and continues to evolve to best serve the healthcare of the individuals of our community and surrounding areas.  We are truly blessed to have our rural hospital, the services our hospital provides, our hospital volunteers, our kind and skilled staff and physicians, our community partners and our generous donors.  Each of these make a difference at Clinton Public Hospital and I for one am truly grateful for each and every person who plays a role in making our hospital a better place.  THANK YOU!

I know I’m not the only person who has wonderful memories of our hospital and I would like to encourage you to share your stories too.  When we tell a story, it helps us to connect with others and understand each other from another perspective. If you have a story you’d like to share with us, please give us a call, stop by the office or send us a note in the mail or by email.  We would love to hear about what Clinton Public Hospital means to you.

Kindest Regards, Darlene McCowan