Employee Spotlight: Kathleen MacDonald’s journey at SHMH
Kathleen MacDonald, Clinical Practice Lead (CPL) at Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital shares her journey in finding comfort in SHMH and the potential that it holds.
In her role as CPL, MacDonald provides support to the overall coordination of both the restorative care and veterans units, such as reviewing patient referrals to determine whether they have all the necessary information and resources to provide the appropriate treatment and support for a patient. She reviews their medical history, clinical information and collaborates with other health care workers to see if they have the staff, equipment and facilities to accommodate the patient. As a clinical resource, she offers her expertise to both staff and patients, ensuring that the highest standards of care are upheld.
Her journey to SHMH began with a temporary position, seeking something different after spending most of her career in the Aberdeen Hospital intensive care unit. The warmth and potential of this small hospital quickly captured her heart, making it her new home. When presented the opportunity for a permanent position, MacDonald embraced it without hesitation.
What makes MacDonald’s work truly special is her genuine enthusiasm for going to work each day. Blessed with wonderful coworkers, she finds joy in the residents and patients who bring a smile to her face. Whether it’s watching the veterans flourish in their home or seeing patients in restorative care make strides towards recovery, she takes pride in the positive impact she makes on people’s lives.
Challenges may arise in any health care setting, and she acknowledges the unique obstacles of a rural hospital. Limited resources can create barriers when faced with complex situations. However, the exceptional team at SHMH rises to the occasion, always striving to provide safe, patient-centered care.
Beyond her professional life, MacDonald finds solace and happiness in her growing family. Together with her partner, she shares her love with two dogs, a two-year-old son, and a baby on the way. Embracing the beauty of Nova Scotia, they embark on road trips and enjoy time spent at their property on Pictou Island.
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