Longtime NICU Medical Director To Retire

Sunday August 9th, 2020

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After nearly four decades as medical director of the NICU at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Met Campus, Dr. Godfrey Bacheyie has decided to retire.

The 74-year-old spearheaded efforts to develop the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the former Salvation Army Grace Hospital site in May 1982.

Dr. Bacheyie was born and raised in Ghana, Africa.

“I came from a very rural poor village in the northwest corner of Ghana. My parents were not educated,” said Dr. Bacheyie. “When I was a child, going to school was like going to Mars.”

But his father saw the value in education and sent him to a boarding school located seven miles away, where he earned his way into secondary school, 270 miles away from family.

He became only one of three people in his area accepted into medical school and only one of 53 in the entire country.

Wanting to specialize in pediatrics, he first came to Canada in 1976. He did his Paediatric Residency training at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children before moving to Windsor six years later.

Although he now calls Windsor home, he hasn’t forgotten his roots back home and is a volunteer with the Rotary Club of Windsor.

Besides helping with current healthcare needs in his native country, he has become a passionate supporter in basic education where there is now an elementary school with 280 pupils.

“Education is the key, so I want to give them an opportunity,” he says. “What they do with it is up to them.”

As he heads into retirement, he plans to continue his volunteer work with Rotary but admits he will miss his work.

“I want to thank them [mothers] for putting their trust in me,” he says. “Most of them, they don’t see me until the time of delivery, and all of a sudden, you see a strange person you have never met, and your baby is critically ill.”

In honour of Dr. Bacheyie’s retirement, you can make a donation to the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation.

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