AGH HeatherJoan Scott and Heather Clement grew up on neighbouring farms, and never thought they’d end up working at the same place – for 45 years! But they did. Joan and Heather were recently recognized at the annual Employee & Physician Long Service Awards dinner for Almonte General Hospital, Fairview Manor and Lanark County Paramedic Service.

“Who would have thought that would have happened?” says Joan Scott. “I’ve been very blessed to have had a job I like for so many years.” Joan worked at the hospital for 30 years before moving over to the Paramedic Service in 2003. She is retiring in the new year and says it’s going to be quite a change. “I’ve never not worked in my whole life.”

AGH JoanHeather Clement graduated from the Ottawa Civic School of Nursing and always knew she’d come back to her local hospital in Almonte. “This is my community and I love the spirit of a community hospital and I love working with my colleagues,” she says. “What I’ve seen is that you not only look after the patient, you also care for their family. We take the time to do that.” Heather has worked in several departments, but her favourite is Obstetrics.

At the ceremony, 69 staff and physicians were recognized. Together, they have provided more than 1,000 years of care to patients, residents and families.

“This event is one of my favourites because we celebrate our colleagues, significant milestones in their careers and the incredible work they do every day to care for patients, residents and our local communities,” sums up Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO. “Our Mission statement speaks to quality care and personal attention and these honorees exemplify this commitment.”