Sackville Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion’s Give our Sur­geons In­side In­for­ma­tion Cam­paign ex­ceeds goal

Sackville Tribune - - COVER STORY - BY SCOTT DO­HERTY MANAG­ING ED­I­TOR

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.

PHOTO SUB­MIT­TED

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.

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