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Outpatient Services

Cardiac Stress Testing

Heart and pulmonary testing are important diagnostic tools, and exercise stress testing at Riverside Health Care is performed by highly trained staff to help detect coronary artery disease and other cardiopulminary disorders. A physician administers our treadmill test with the assistance of a registered nurse in the Day Surgery department at La Verendrye General Hopsital. This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes, including the recording of your medical history and a physical exam. Although there is no specific preparation for the test, patients should wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing that is suitable to exercise in. A current list of medications and dosages is also helpful.

Appointments only by referral from physician or nurse practitioner. Call (807) 274-4846 for information between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

Rehabilitation Services

Our goal is to assist individuals to attain their highest possible level of active and independent function while providing safe, quality client-centred care through a commitment to service availability, accessibility, and excellence.

Available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rehabilitation Services provide quality evaluation, consultative and treatment services for individuals of all ages in the Rainy River District. These programs encompass a continuum of services including prevention, identification, consultation, treatment and follow-up management. Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Speech-Language Pathology clients are seen on an inpatient and outpatient basis at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances. Physiotherapy clients are seen on an outpatient basis at Emo Health Centre. All of our therapists are regulated health care professionals. 

Referral is required for all but our Pre-School Speech Language Services, and rehabilitation is typically covered by OHIP or WSIB.*

*Those not covered, such as out-of-province or out-of-country, must see the Admitting Department to make billing arrangements.

We work with:

  • Victims of stroke and other neurological conditions
  • Those suffering from arthritis and other rheumatic conditions
  • General orthopaedic dysfunction
  • Children and adults with developmental delays (speech, cognitive and/or motor)
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Work and sports-related injuries
  • Post-fractures and post-surgeries
  • Individuals facing the challenges related to growing older
  • Motor vehicle accident victims
  • Individuals requiring adaptive devices
  • Those suffering from chronic or acute ulcers (wounds)
  • Many other disorders including respiratory and cardiac, which may disrupt a typical lifestyle
  • As time allows we will also provide education to staff and the community in various forums such as in-services and participation in local Health Fairs

Occupational Therapy

Our primary goal is to enable people to participate in the occupations which give meaning and purpose to their lives.Therapy is designed to restore or maintain a patient's ability to perform tasks used in daily living, often through developing ways to modify or adapt activities.

(807) 274-4814

Physiotherapy (LVGH)

Physiotherapy is designed to maintain functional independence and physical performance by promoting fitness, health and wellness. The implementation of services and strategies resolves and manages pain, physical impairments, disabilities and limits to participation. Educating the public to prevent possible injury or dysfunction is another important element. 

(807) 274-4815

Physiotherapy (Emo)

(807) 274-3261, ext. 5540

Speech-Language Pathology

This program involves assessment and treatment of children and adults for communication disorders, including: articulation, fluency (stuttering), early language development, expressive language (understanding), voice, and oral-motor skills.This includes33 swallowing disorders, including functional and behavioural feeding and swallowing difficulties.It also includes public education and counselling regarding improved communication.

(807) 274-4836


Thanks to support from our community, successful grants and hospital assistance, Riverside Health Care is able to offer a primary purpose chemotherapy program, with a capacity for six patients at any one time. We have created as comfortable and safe an environment as possible to help care for our oncology patients during their treatment.

It's extremely important for us at Riverside to ensure the residents across the Rainy River District have care close to home, and are grateful to have additional support from Canadian Cancer Society volunteers who offer emotional support and personal experiences to the program.  

Appointments are available through referral only. Call (807) 274-4567 for questions from Monday through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Riverside Health Care is able to offer limited dialysis treatment for residents in the Rainy River District as part of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre's satellite renal program. This treatment, which is given multiple times a week at the discretion of your nephrologist and other health care specialists, can last as long as four and a half hours per session.

If you feel unwell and require medical attention outside of you regular hemodialysis treatment time, it is advised you visit the emergency department. As a satellite location, referral is necessary and visits to Thunder Bay may be necessary outside of regularly scheduled nephrology visits or telemedicine appointments.

Breast Health Program

Awareness is a critical component of breast health and Riverside Health Care offers women of all ages opportunities to learn about proactive care and the importance of cancer screening. Components of the program include clinical breast examinations by specially trained nurses, and digital mammograms (x-rays of the breast) when required.

Getting screened regularly with mammography is important because it can detect cancer early when it is less likely to have spread to other parts of the body. Treatment is more effective when breast cancer is found early, with studies showing significantly higher survival rates.

Self-referrals, physician or nurse practitioner referrals are all accepted under certain criteria. Call (807) 274-1900, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., with questions, or refer to the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) screening groups.