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MAHC nurse Turner ‘caring, compassionate advocate’ for kidney patients

MUSKOKA — A “caring and compassionate advocate” of kidney patients in Muskoka has been recognized by his peers.

MAHC nurse Evan Turner has was awarded the Human Touch Award Thursday.

MAHC nurse Evan Turner has was awarded the Human Touch Award Thursday.

Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare’s Evan Turner, clinical leader of the satellite dialysis unit under the Regional Kidney Care Program for Simcoe Muskoka, has been honoured with a Human Touch Award.

A diagnosis of chronic kidney disease is life-changing, with both physical and emotional implications, and the journey that lies ahead is often difficult. To assist patients during this time, health care professionals not only treat the physical symptoms of the disease, but also the emotional ones. The emotional support provided by professionals and volunteers plays a significant role in a patient’s experience.

Thursday, the Ontario Renal Network (ORN) along with Cancer Care Ontario (within which the ORN is housed) recognized 11 deserving Ontarians, who go above and beyond, with a Human Touch Award. The Human Touch Awards honour front-line renal and cancer health care professionals, providers and volunteers who provide exemplary and compassionate care in Ontario.

Meet Turner and the other winners and read their stories.

“Evan is a very knowledgeable and skilled nurse and is an integral part of our Dialysis program,” says Natalie Bubela, CEO at MAHC. “Throughout his career, Evan has been a tremendous advocate for patients living with kidney disease both near and afar, and embodies compassionate, patient- and family-centered care. Evan is a strong leader, an inspiring mentor, and a very worthy recipient of this award.”

“Compassion is a critical component in providing patients with an elevated level of care,” says Michael Sherar, President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario. “Today’s award recipients are an inspiration; they play a significant role in improving the patient and family experience through their remarkable commitment, unwavering dedication and caring emotional support.”

Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Renal Network acknowledge the generous support of the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division and the RBC Foundation, co-sponsors of the 8th annual Human Touch Awards. For more information about our winners visit the webpage and join the conversation on Twitter with #HumanTouchAwards.

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