SFMH welcomes new radiology partnership

BARRY’S BAY – St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) is happy to announce a new partnership with The Ottawa Hospital for the provision of radiology services.

Dr. Mark Schweitzer, chief of radiology for The Ottawa Hospital, and Mario Villemaire, executive director of The Ottawa Hospital, and Region Imaging Associates (OHRIA) initially met with the administration and medical staff of SFMH in June to discuss the proposal, and were excited last month to announce that an agreement had been reached, to provide services to both SFMH and Renfrew Victoria Hospital (RVH).
Both are at the head of OHRIA, a partnership among the current 56 radiologists in the department of medical imaging at The Ottawa Hospital. The group provides expert emergency/trauma, body, cardiac, breast, musculoskeletal, thoracic and neuroradiology imaging services, and interventional body and neuro-interventional radiology services.
“OHRIA views this new venture with SFMH and RVH as a partnership, and this has been evident throughout the process,” SFMH Chief Operating Officer, Jeremy Stevenson said. “They have demonstrated nothing but respect for the needs of our organization, our medical staff and, most importantly, the patients we serve.”
“We have a tradition of covering outside of The Ottawa Hospital,” Schweitzer noted. “We pride ourselves on being flexible, family-orientated and focused on partnerships.”
OHRIA also serves regional communities such as Almonte, Arnprior and Winchester hospitals. He continued by mentioning that SFMH and RVH practices merge on another important front: “We are all very patient-centred.”
Story continues in the October 17, 2012 issue of The Valley Gazette.