ICMH Charitable Foundation
The Power of Giving in Our Community
We are lucky to live where we live!
Inverness County supporters have always been so generous and we can see the results!
- Your support of our annual campaign and support from our monthly donors enabled us to fund a C-Mac pediatric imager, 24 blood pressure cuffs, cast cutters and more.
- Your support from memorial donations enabled us to purchase gas cards to give to our many cancer patients who need to travel for follow-up appointments.
- Legacy donations have helped purchase so much equipment over the years. A recent legacy donation will purchase a new state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine for our hospital and a barrier free washroom for our Acute Care department!
Your gift makes a difference……You help our patients and staff!. YOU give us hope! Thank You!
But here’s something you may not realize. When you support our equipment purchases, that helps attract new physicians to the area. We are so fortunate to have a new physician, Dr. Bhreagh MacDougall, join our team at ICMH. And as luck would have it, she also happens to be a fiddler and a step dancer!
Dr. MacDougall is a New Waterford native with strong connections to Inverness County. Not only are her grandparents from Deepdale, near Inverness but her husband is well-known Inverness fiddler, Ian MacDougall. “I knew I wanted to live and work in Cape Breton,” says Dr. MacDougall. “My grandfather encouraged me when I was five to take step dancing and fiddle and that is actually how Ian and I met. I am really involved with that and I really love the Gaelic culture and music of Cape Breton. The west side of Cape Breton has a lot of live Scottish music and community events.”
Dr. Mark Bennett recruited Dr. MacDougall to come to Inverness. “I always wanted to work in a rural area and I was hoping it would be in Cape Breton,” she explained. “During my residency last spring, I spent two months at ICMH with Dr. Bennett. It was a great experience to see the physicians in Inverness practicing full spectrum family medicine on the inpatient floors, in clinic, and in the emergency room. I then graduated from New Hampshire at end of the summer and started full time at ICMH on Sept 20th. A main reason I wanted to take this position was that I would have the opportunity to have Dr. Bennett as a mentor as he transitions the care of his patients to me over the next few years.” (Only concern with this is are Dr. Bennett’s patients aware that Dr. MacDougall will be taking over the practice eventually? I just wouldn’t want this to be the way they learn that information.)
Dr. MacDougall also loves the atmosphere at ICMH. “It is a really busy place and in general, everyone is amazing. At ICMH, it was clear that the staff are hardworking, highly skilled, enjoy working as a team and go above and beyond for their patients. The patients are kind and grateful and many remind me of my grandparents. I really love that.”
Another reason Dr. MacDougall was attracted to working at ICMH was the hospital’s CT scanner which the ICMH Charitable Foundation purchased with your donations. “The CT scanner is an important piece of equipment and it certainly was a factor in me deciding to work at this hospital,” says Dr. MacDougall. “A CT scanner is a very important diagnostic tool, especially in a rural area. Having one at ICMH reduces the need for people to travel and it allows us to provide care closer to home for many of our patients.”
Again, we are lucky to live where we live!
Sincerely, Morley MacNeil, Chair, ICMH Charitable Foundation