Almonte General Hospital names new chief of staff

Posted on: February 21, 2017


Dr. Chris Deschenes is no stranger to Almonte General Hospital (AGH). In fact, she’s been a family physician there for more than 35 years. Her expertise and experience make her the perfect choice for Chief of Staff.

Deschenes assumed the role on Feb, 1, replacing Dr. Melissa Forbes who had completed her term.

“I’m slowing down my practice and it made sense for me to help out for a while. I’m looking forward to exciting times at AGH,” Deschenes explains. In fact, Deschenes has done the job before – in the mid-80s and again in 1999/2000. “A lot has changed, but we still continue to provide excellent care.”

Deschenes says she comes to the role with no preconceived ideas. “I want to help out. I want to help to strengthen our obstetrical program which is doing very well. And I want to work with our colleagues in Carleton Place to collaborate and develop complementary programs that support our communities.”

“We are happy that Dr. Deschenes has agreed to take on this important role,” says Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO. “She is highly respected by the physicians and staff and brings a wealth of experience.”

Deschenes’ journey to Almonte began more than three decades ago when she came from Montreal to visit friends in the area. “They told me that the hospital needed a new doctor and suggested we go and visit. On a Saturday morning, we ran into the Administrator Ray Timmons. We hit it off and I was here a month later. It was the kind of practice I always wanted, and still is. I feel very deeply for the hospital and am very attached to it. I love my job,” she said.