Health Shift officially launched
“The Argenteuil Health and Social Services Centre is resolutely taking a shift in direction regarding the promotion of health and in support for the worker, doctor and the volunteer or the improvement of their health. Everyone can benefit; you, the worker, the doctor, the volunteer. And you, as well as me, the client,” announced the institution’s Vice President Jacques Hébert at a press conference held on September 15.
It is in these terms that the Argenteuil Health and Social Services Centre launched a far-reaching shift in direction (Virage santé), a shift that involves healthy lifestyle habits, of course, known as the 0-5-30 program, but also work safety, well-being of the individual and the environment in which he spends a significant part of his life. As Director General Raymond Roberge clearly indicated: “Such a shift in direction will have very positive repercussions at three levels: for the personnel working at the Health Centre, for the clientele and for the institution itself.”
When Roberge refers to the clientele, he means that they will benefit from care and services in an environment where safety will be greatly enhanced. With personnel being in better shape, and happier to be working in an environment conducive to their well-being, this will contribute to reducing employee stress on the one hand, and increasing efficiency and due regard for quality in the provision of care and services, on the other hand.
In order to succeed in this Health Shift, the Argenteuil Health and Social Services Centre is proposing a program consisting of varied actions. Five Virage teams have already been at work for several months. Here are some concrete examples: an activity of significant magnitude was launched on September 15, involving more than 20% of staff. It is a virtual trek across Quebec, from Gaspé to Lachute, in which all physical activity of the participants is converted to kilometers in order to advance across the vast Quebec map. For several months now, the menus provided for staff and our clientele have seen a wave of changes, with even the cafeteria being transformed; it has recently begun providing breakfast along with more interesting opening hours.
“As an organization,” explained Roberge “we will assemble the conditions required to make the Health Shift work well. Let’s be open to change. This program is designed for you and will be adapted in due course, because you are at the core of change.” The Health Centre is a leader in health concerns for this region, and today’s message serves as proof of this once again.
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