Grand opening of Le Lotus Clinic

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Cutting the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the Lotus Clinic from left, Nicholas Walkow (Joanne‘s husband), Joanne Romain, and Cynthia Walcow.

Lisa Boisvert



Cutting the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the Lotus Clinic from left, Nicholas Walkow (Joanne‘s husband), Joanne Romain, and Cynthia Walcow.

Lisa Boisvert

SHAWVILLE – Clinique Medicale Le Lotus Medical Clinic opened its doors to the Pontiac, June 2, at the establishment’s Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new clinic features 16 rooms, eight doctors and one medical student. The doctors within the establishment are Dr. Pascal Croteau,    Dr. Maurice Lamarche,    Dr. Keith MacLellan, Dr. Genevieve Smith, Dr. Luis Rivero Pinelo, Dr. Peter Talko, Dr. Martin Benfey, and the eighth doctor will be announced in August.
Joanne Romain, who has worked in administration for many years and is the coordinator for the Pontiac Family Medical Group, is the founder of the clinic. “She had a vision of what working conditions should be like and her vision was realized today. She is creating a modern environment for doctors and patients and for recruitment         purposes,” said Romain’s daughter, Cynthia Walcow. “Better patient care and maximizing doctors’ time and efforts is why this establishment was built,” continued Danielle Romain, GMF Assistant Coordinator.
The clinic is also the new head office for the GMF where Molly McGuire and Katie Taylor, both Clinical Nurses, will be sharing their expertise in diabetes, blood-thinning medications etc. It will also be a       teaching facility for McGill University and University of Ottawa students learning rural medicine on four week rotations.
Tom Orr Cartage       constructed the building, and Informatique DL from Gatineau spent the weekend prior to the opening wiring and setting up the offices to make the building functional. The facility includes a room for         children to play or watch cartoons while waiting, four bathrooms, a large waiting room, wireless televisions to display x-rays, and the Pontiac’s first motorized examination table for patients with mobility issues. It also includes a doctor’s lounge and a meeting room in the basement.