Ross Memorial Hospital - Kawartha Lakes
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RMH to Receive Provincial Midwifery Integration Award

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April 24, 2024

(Lindsay, ON) – Ross Memorial Hospital has been selected by the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) Board of Directors to be the recipient of the AOM’s Hospital Integration Award 2024.

The objective of the award is to recognize an Ontario hospital that has demonstrated excellence in successfully integrating midwives into its organization. The AOM Board made their decision based on the recommendation of their Awards Task Force who reviewed all submitted nominations.

Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) works closely with the Midwives of Lindsay and the Lakes, who provide additional expertise in the hospital’s Dr. Gargi Bhatia Family Birthing Centre by promoting optimal pregnancy, physiologic birth, care of the newborn, and providing care of unattached parent and babies for up to six weeks of postpartum care (baby and parent checks, breastfeeding support, and mental health check-ins to prevent visits to the Emergency Department or Walk-In Clinics).

RMH’s obstetrics team (physicians, director, manager, respiratory therapists, and nurses) meets regularly with midwives, local family physicians, and other community partners to discuss high-risk situations, departmental policies, procedures, and schedules, and ways to increase awareness about services available. 

The AOM Hospital Integration Award 2024 will be presented to RMH during the Midwifery Awards presentation taking place at a gala dinner event during the Ontario Midwifery Conference (OMC) on the evening of Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale.

Quick Facts


“The birth of a child is one of the most meaningful and memorable moments of any parent’s lives. Ross Memorial Hospital is thrilled to work so closely with the Midwives of Lindsay and the Lakes who share our goal of providing evidence-based pregnancy care and a childbirth experience that is patient-centred, welcoming and safe.”

- Kelly Isfan, President and CEO, Ross Memorial Hospital

“Midwives of Lindsay and the Lakes is proud of the collaborative work being done with Ross Memorial Hospital. The hospital has always been an engaged partner when it comes to the Midwives of Lindsay and the Lakes achieving our mission of proactively serving our community by providing compassionate, holistic support services for pregnant and parenting people to reach their full potential.”

- Catha McMaster, Midwife, Midwives of Lindsay and the Lakes

“It is clear that Ross Memorial Hospital’s integration of Ontario Midwives has been exceptional and worthy of celebration!”

- Jasmin Tecson, President, Association of Ontario Midwives Board of Directors


For more information, contact

Ryan Young

Communications and Public Affairs Officer

Ross Memorial Hospital

M: 705-328-4548