CHSLD Château Westmount awarded National Assembly Medal of Honour

CHSLD Chateau Westmount General Director and Nursing Director Zara Pilian and Westmount-St. Louis MNA Jennifer Maccarone during the medal ceremony.

CHSLD Château Westmount was awarded the National Assembly Medal of Honour Friday morning by area MNA Jennifer Maccarone for having no COVID cases when the pandemic first hit early last year.

In contrast, COVID hit hard at other long-term care homes in the province in the winter and spring of 2020.

Maccarone said the CHSLD was being honoured “in recognition of your dedication, your determination…compassion and your caring for our’s an honour for me to present you with this medal.”

According to reports, during the worst of the pandemic, staff did double and triple shifts, and worked every day to keep residents safe.

General Director and Nursing Director Zara Pilian told the media that the award was “a big surprise. It was very emotional, but for me, the staff deserves this recognition.

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In addition to honoring them, the QC gov't should learn from them. According to Pilian, orderlies "were never scared of continuing" and “didn’t listen to what was going on (elsewhere) because it’s our job here." It's possible that among this CHSLD's secrets to success was not panicking in the face of government-sponsored fear-mongering, which caused staff shortages in other facilities.

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