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Indigenous navigator joins care team at West Parry Sound Health Centre 

The Parry Sound hospital has added an Indigenous navigator to its staff.  

Officials say Micheal Bourke, who joined the West Parry Sound Health Centre in January, will provide support and advocacy for Indigenous patients, families and caregivers. 

“We know that status quo is not good enough,” said Donald Sanderson, chief executive officer for the hospital. “We are aware that there are inequities that can create barriers to accessing timely care. It is (our) hope that this new role will play a small part in repairing trust as we continue down the path towards reconciliation. Every patient and every experience matters. We will continue to seek out ways that we can continue to improve care for everyone.” 

Officials say guided by the four directions and the Seven Grandfather Teachings, Bourke will connect patients with culturally appropriate care options, assist in care planning and connecting patients to community programs and services. 

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As a registered social worker, Bourke will also be providing services such as counselling, psychosocial assessments, patient and family education initiatives and discharge planning. 

“We are so pleased to have Michael join our team,” said Katie Hogue, chief nursing officer at the hospital. “The experience he brings to the team is so appreciated. We are grateful to be able to take this step towards improving how we deliver culturally sensitive care.” 

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