Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Give our Surgeons Inside Information Campaign exceeds goal
Area residents have once again thrown their support behind the The Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation’s (SMHF) annual fundraising campaign, surpassing this year’s goal of $100,000.
Pat Estabrooks, chair of the Give our Surgeons Inside Information Campaign, commended the community for rallying together to raise in excess of $110,000 in support of local health care.
“This is great news as the actual cost of the equipment needed was $10,000 over goal. Every penny will be invested to enhance surgical and emergency cardiac care at our hospital.”
During the campaign launch, which was held less than three months ago, Estabrooks noted the local community has always come through when it comes to supporting their local hospital.
She told those in attendance that area residents have contributed more than $1 million over the years, money that has been spent on much-needed equipment that has helped improve patient care at the local level.
Where will this year’s money go?
A portable Mini C-arm X-ray device will be purchased for the day surgery program. The Sackville Memorial Hospital (SMH) is renowned for its outstanding day surgery program, offering over 40 different types of orthopedic, plastic, urology and general surgeries. In fact, over 920 surgeries were performed at SMH last year alone. This technology, which carries a price tag of $85,000, will expand and strengthen the hospital’s surgical capabilities by offering a host of plastic and orthopaedic surgeries not currently being done. This low-radiation, highresolution technology renders exceptionally detailed X-rays allowing surgeons to safely and accurately operate on bones and joints, as well as visualize hardware (plates and screws) for placement or removal. The portable Mini C-arm can be used in a wide range of foot, ankle and hand surgical procedures including identifying fractures, dislocations, repairing joint deformity (toe fusions), bunion removal, and straightening and securing broken bones to facilitate healing.
Dr. Jayson Dool, plastic surgeon, is delighted that patients needing certain hand, wrist, foot or ankle surgeries will soon have the option to come to Sackville.
“This acquisition is a benefit for the patients (flexibility and decreased wait times), hospital, and for our orthopedic and plastic surgeons.”
Also on this list to purchase, at a cost of $25,000, is a lifesaving device offering optimal cardiac emergency care on the Brunswick West Unit (21-bed inpatient unit). It is critical to have a modern defibrillator ready and close by when needed by a medical team. A new defibrillator will replace the one currently being used, which is reaching the end of its reliability. This device features innovative technology used to treat a person when their heart stops beating properly, delivering an electric shock to stimulate the heart to get it pumping effectively again. It also works as an external pacemaker and allows staff to monitor crucial information such as cardiac rhythms and vital signs. Having a designated defibrillator in the Brunswick West Unit saves the response team precious time, minutes that could save a life, without having to use one from another area of the hospital.
A continuing legacy
Estabrooks noted that, for decades, the SMH and its exceptional care team have been saving lives, healing the sick and bringing comfort and hope to patients and families in their time of need, while allowing them to say within their own community.
Some of the more recent purchases made possible through the SMHF’S annual fundraising campaigns include:
In 2016, some of the items purchased included two hightech wireless electrocardiograms (ECGS), six modern hospital beds, a shoulder instrumentation tray, and the lab and the operating room were equipped with new electronic card access systems to enhance privacy and security.
In 2015, some of the items included a portable cardiac ultrasound probe, a reclining exam/procedures chair, an inflatable air mattress system, two pressure mattresses, a reclining geriatric chair, a bariatric wheelchair, new bedside stands and overhead tables, two booster seats, oxygen stands for wheelchairs, a TV for the patient lounge, a specialized wheelchair, a new barrier-free examination table and the installation of new modular seating for the waiting area.
In 2014, a new cardiac monitoring system for the hospital’s emergency room was purchased, a critical component in the ER as this technology displays a patient’s vital signs, including heart rate, pulse and blood pressure.
The 2017 campaign included a direct mail out, canvassing, a staff campaign and special fundraising events. While the goal has been met and exceeded, donations are still being accepted, with all funds being used to support local health care. Anyone interested in donating can contact the Foundation at 506-3644204, drop by the hospital, or donate securely online at http:// www.smhf.ca/donate.
Kim Hicks, left, and Jessica Novak, staff captains for the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Give Our Surgeons Inside Information Campaign, stand proudly with Dr. Jayson Dool, plastic surgeon, after learning the news that the campaign surpassed the $100,000 goal.