A Whole New Capital Health

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 2:30pm

Margie Horton feels a bit like Rip Van Winkle, waking up to a whole new Capital Health after years of being away.

Margie spent 25 years working for Capital Health (or its previous iterations) before moving to Virginia, where she worked for seven years, then Toronto, where she worked for two.

Returning to Halifax in the fall of 2010, Margie was determined to take her time finding a fulfilling and meaningful job. At every turn, she saw Capital Health. “I started noticing Capital Health everywhere I went. I noticed that Chris Power was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs. I saw that Capital Health was one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and when I went to the library, I saw that Capital Health was offering sessions.”

When Margie’s friend and former colleague told her about an available position in Primary Health Care, she jumped at the opportunity. Since her return to Capital Health in February, Margie has been impressed at the many fruits of Our Promise, Capital Health’s strategic plan.

“There are so many progressive ideas,” she says. “Even within the confines of limited resources, people are still moving forward.”

Margie has been particularly impressed by the Mindful Mango CafĂ©, a joint initiative between Capital Health’s Partners for Care and Connections Halifax; the Ride a Bike to the Site Program; the Farmers’ Market, our volunteer ambassador program and the launch of community health teams in Dartmouth and Spryfield.

Margie is especially glad to see that, “Capital Health is so out in the community now.” She knows this first hand from working in Primary Health Care, where the emphasis is, “What can and should we be doing in community?”

While Capital Health is the size of a small town, Margie has been encouraged by a sense of cohesiveness and friendliness. Most of all, she feels that, “There’s a plan. And it’s out there in the organization.”