(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

“It's not only for sick people” : the place of the local hospital in a rural northern Ontario community

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

WIERSMA E.C. (1) ; KOSTER R. (2) ;
(1) Dept. of Health Sciences, Lakehead Univ., Thunder Bay, CANADA
(2) School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Lakehead Univ., Thunder Bay, CANADA


This article focuses on case study of one community in northwestern Ontario, and explored the role and social place of the hospital in a small rural northern town. The results show that this former is viewed not only as a community resource and an institution that served the needs of the community, but participants describe the hospital in ways that reflected the place of the local hospital in the community. Three main themes are emerging from this work: the hospital as a source of community uniqueness, the hospital as a source of security, and the hospital as a source of community development. The findings highlight the importance of a local community hospital, both in terms of added value and community identity


Article of periodic

published at : Canadian geographer / ISSN 0008-3658 / CODEN CNGGAR

Editor : Canadian Association of Geographers, Toronto - CANADA (1950)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 58, no3 [pp. 341-354]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 10368

Digital Object Identifier

Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1111/cag.12085

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