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Community rallies to support Queen Elizabeth Health Center

Queen Elizabeth Health Center’s Joanne Mastro still working hard to provide community health care after all these years

Community rallies to support Queen Elizabeth Health Center

Community rallies to support Queen Elizabeth Health Center

Queen Elizabeth Health Center’s Joanne Mastro still working hard to provide community health care after all these years

By P.A. Sevigny The Suburban

Although it’s been years since she first joined a local protest march against the Parizeau government’s decision to close the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Joanne Mastro still considers the local health complex to be “...a work in progress.”

“I first heard about it (the protest) on the radio,” she said. “I was so angry that I decided to tell the neighbors about the demonstration so that we could all let the government know that we wanted to keep our hospital.”

Twenty four years later, Mastro is now the Chairman of the Health Center’s Board of Directors, and she’s still working hard to make sure that the old hospital continues to pursue its mission to provide health care to its local community.

“The fact is that we’re still a walk-in clinic where emergency physicians provide primary medical care from 8 o’clock in the morning to 8 o’clock at night every day including Christmas and New Years,” she said. “But now we’re an innovative health care complex where dozens of expert health care professionals work hard to provide the community with a comprehensive range of services... so we’re not doing too bad for what was supposed to be nothing more than a local clinic.”

However, it’s still an old building, and even as the clinic sees over 40 000 people per year, Mastro’s days are filled with meetings with plumbers and roofing specialists who are only too happy to tell her what’s wrong and what has to be done with the building. While she’s working hard to organize this year’s edition of their ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ benefit party, Mastro said that she would much rather use the new money to buy specialized breast imaging equipment for the center’s recently opened breast health care clinic.

“But the fact is that we need a new elevator, so that’s that!”

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