Guysborough Memorial Hospital dedicates the Palliative Care Room in memory of Elaine MacMaster, former facility manager

Leona Purcell, facility manager at Guysborough Memorial Hospital with Bill Innis, chair of the Guysborough Memorial Hospital Foundation. (contributed)

On July 30 the Guysborough Memorial Hospital Foundation and Nova Scotia Health dedicated the Palliative Care room at Guysborough Memorial Hospital (GMH) in memory of Elaine MacMaster. She was the facility manager at GMH for almost 20 years from 1998 to 2017. 

Elaine died in a tragic automobile accident last year. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event was held off site at the Chedabucto Lifestyles Centre with Elaine’s immediate family (husband Gary, daughters Meaghan and Nicole, son Stephen and numerous grandchildren) in attendance. 

Leona Purcell, current facility manager of GMH, Madonna MacDonald, vice president of Health Services and Operations for the Eastern Zone at Nova Scotia Health and Bill Innis chair of the GMH Foundation, unveiled a framed picture of Elaine with an inscription to be hung in the Palliative Care room at the hospital. 

Elaine was instrumental in the re-development of GMH that occurred in 2015. 

She spearheaded the drive for more space to be added to the hospital and convinced senior leadership of the then Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority (GASHA) that an addition to the hospital was required as well as redeveloping the existing hospital area. 

This resulted in the addition known as the Dr. Anita Foley Heath Care Services which houses a variety of services including physician offices, physiotherapy, mental health and addictions and home care. 

Elaine recognized the need for families who are with loved ones in their final days to have a room which would be comfortable and private for them to spend time with their loved ones. She led the conversion of the old 3-bed ward in the hospital and was successful in making it part of the re-development plans. 

Elaine was a vital part of the hospital and is truly missed by her peers.

She was very active in her community and was well known throughout Eastern Nova Scotia.

Above all, her family was most important to her and it was fitting to have her family present for this dedication.