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58 FOCUS - DECEMBER 2015 Changes in hospital stang of CSR at local hospital Dear Editor My how quickly time passes. It seems such a short time ago that Shirley Foster transferred from Oshawa Hospital to join us in Port Perry as an RPN serving both in the Central Supply as well as Nursing Services to patients both on the oor in the Emergency Department in the Obstetrics Department and in the Operating Room. Truly a nurse for all occasions. Forty-seven years ago I was a newly released General Practitioner and General Surgeon when I moved to Port Perry to establish my practice at the hospital. Shirley Foster had recently returned to her hometown to assist in the new hospital in Port Perry. Shirley was a dynamo the most enthusiastic person I had the experience of working with at the hospital and was a mentor in teaching me the facts of life as a newly minted physician. I learned that without nurses no care would be rendered and that nursing skills were essential in recovering a patient to their preoperative state and most importantly that while I had a role to play in patient care it was wiser to work under nursing recommendation than to spurn the ladies of the lamp. Now that we have gotten that admission established I will get on with the story of Shirley Foster. Here are thoughts that pop in to my mind SUPER CAREGIVER TEAM CHEERLEADER HARD WORKER DEDICATED FRIEND STAMINA OF A RACEHORSE LIFE LONG LEARNER It is not that Shirleys abilities have waned. For Shirley is in my books on the short list of my personal best nurses list a founding member of the A team the midget nursing team never been on the EH team a dedicated supporter of Port Perry Community Memorial Hospital and a great friend. Shirley has supported the leadership role that Port Perry has played in the training of Resident Physicians and the retention of Physicians in this area. She was a founding member and has supported our patient care program that is regularly praised by the management team of Lake Ridge Health Oshawa. Shirley will be missed but not forgotten by the medical community. She certainly deserves a long and eventful retirement with the energy to enjoy her grandchildren. Shirley retired November 4th 2015 Best wishes Bill Cohoon Port Perry Letters to the editor continued from page 2 Mailbox