September 15, 2006

Movement Disorders Clinic Opens at Deer Lodge Centre

Movement Disorders Clinic Opens at Deer Lodge Centre

Manitoba Premier Gary Doer yesterday officially opened the new WRHA Movement Disorders Clinic, housed in the historic Women's Memorial Tribute Building on the grounds of Deer Lodge Centre.

Premier Doer said the new clinic means that for the first time, patients suffering from a variety of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's, Huntington's Dystonia and tremors, will receive treatment in an integrated manner. "This type of inter-disciplinary treatment and support for clients can only result in better patient care," Premier Doer said.

Dr. Brian Postl, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, said such patient-centred care should always be the goal of all health care professionals.

"To bring together all these specialists - two neurologists, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a speech and language therapist, as well as a social worker, a neurophysiology technologist along with nursing staff and administrative support – to address client needs together in a specialized clinic like this is a first. It is a model of better-coordinated care that is consistent with the Centre of Excellence approach we've used with other models of care. It puts patient and client needs first."

Mr. Réal Cloutier, WRHA Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Deer Lodge Centre called the opening an exciting opportunity.
"This will allow clinic staff to partner their expertise with that of the Deer Lodge staff, who are already working with many of the clinic's clients and are familiar with their concerns and needs," said Mr. Cloutier said.

Dr. Doug Hobson, Head of the clinic agreed. "Deer Lodge has been very supportive of the clinic's needs and I look forward to building upon this new relationship."

More than $2 million was spent renovating the clinic, which will have an annual operating budget of about $600,000.

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