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Efforts at fixing VSPCR management issues


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Following news that Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Director General Julie-Anne Lambert had submitted her resignation – the second DG to do so within a year – Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. said the situation was unacceptable.

“We did not invest all this time and energy into this organization to see it scuttled by people with a private personal agenda,” said Gruenwald who is also the manager of the Manoir Cavagnal in Hudson and sits on the Board of Directors of the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

As first reported by Your Local Journal September 23, Lambert resigned citing a difficult working atmosphere at the residence as she battled unfounded criticism and innuendos from the original founding (medical) members of the residence.

Her departure follows changes in upper management that saw the exit a year ago of former DG Richard Mainville and Co-President Sylvie Crevier.

Following his return to Rigaud after a week in Europe, Gruenwald said people were mobilizing to address the working environment at the residence.

“It’s a very simple, mechanical problem,” he said. “We have a board of directors who direct the operations and the doctors are employees who work inside the structure. They will do as they’re told and that’s it.”

Gruenwald would not confirm if these actions will result in Lambert returning to her position. “We’re trying to make this work so that nobody (else) has to leave.”

Crevier told Your Local Journal she and Mainville left their respective positions with the hopes it would be best for the residence. “Unfortunately, one year later, the problem is still there,” she said. Two head nurses have reportedly also left the facility in the past year.

Through its Communications Director Jasmine Sharma, the VSPCR has assured the community, “…the quality of care provided to patients and the care to families is still our top priority. It always has been, still is, and always will be. That’s not going to change.”

Gruenwald said he plans to call a special meeting of all the VSPCR members in the near future for their input.

“We, as a society, cannot do without palliative care facilities,” said Gruenwald. “Too many people require the services they offer.”

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