There was a kind of sliding sound and then a rattle as a woman fell to the floor during Tuesday afternoon’s session of the Ontario Hospital Association’s HealthAchieve. When someone asked if there was a doctor or nurse in the house, a variety of arms shot up. We could have probably added a few allied health professionals too should the distressed conference attendee also need a lab test or an x-ray.
If you are going to pass out, this was the place to be.
Each year the OHA features a number of well-attended “candy” sessions that do more to inspire than really inform, often involving high-profile individuals. This was not one of them.
In fact the five panelists joked about whom the big crowd had come out to see.
There is great curiosity about the province’s new Health Links. As one person told me, the session attendance is in inverse proportion to how much knowledge there is about the subject. Given the crowded standing-room only audience that was driving up the room temperature, many wanted to know more.