Lakeridge Health Hosts Community Telephone Town Hall

Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2020

More than 4000 Callers from Across Durham Region

Durham Region - Last evening, Lakeridge Health held a Community Telephone Town Hall to provide the latest news about Lakeridge Health with a focus on education and awareness about Covid-19.

The call was moderated by local radio personality Jerry Archer from KX96 radio, and featured Susan deRyk, Interim President and CEO, Dr. Tony Stone, Chief of Staff, Dr. Dan Ricciuto, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control, and Dr. Robert Kyle, Medical Officer of Health for Durham Region.

More than 4,000 participants from across Durham dialed into the call between 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. This represents a 35 per cent increase in participation when compared to a previous Lakeridge Health Town Hall held last November.

“Telephone Town Halls provide a great avenue to connect with thousands of people throughout Durham Region and help us better understand the pulse of the community,” said Susan deRyk, Interim President and CEO, Lakeridge Health.

As expected, COVID-19 was top of mind with the vast majority of callers, given Durham Region’s reclassification to ‘Red Zone’ status yesterday, with questions ranging from what types of masks are most effective, to the availability and timing of vaccines, to support for mental health patients during the pandemic.

“The feedback gathered through live polling questions during the event offers important information that informs our communication and community engagement activities and helps us shape how services are delivered, said Dr. Tony Stone, Chief of Staff, Lakeridge Health.

A recap of questions and corresponding answers from Lakeridge Health will be posted to the hospital’s website ( next week.


For more information contact:
Sharon Navarro
Lakeridge Health