Community support remains vital
On July 1, 2014, Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital (HGMH) launched its Heart Monitor Fundraising Campaign, setting an objective of $250,000.
In the last three years, 900 patients arrived at HGMH with heart-related emergencies that required heart monitoring. The hospital's heart monitoring system is ten years old and in need of replacement. Heart monitoring technologies have improved significantly in the last five years and patients can benefit from this newer technology now available. More people in this area suffer from heart-related disease than in other regions of Ontario regions. “The purchase of newer equipment will ensure we are best equipped to serve the needs of our community,” says the hospital.
The campaign will include a number of heart-health-conscious events in order to ensure the hospital meets its goal of raising $250,000 required to purchase this essential equipment.
Find The Bear
One initiative is the “Where is the Bear?” contest, designed to keep the drive in the hearts and minds of citizens.
The public is being asked to track down the Healthy Hearts Bear (HH), who will be travelling around the region, popping up in various locations. At last count, $90,000 had been raised.
The community continues to be exceptionally generous.
In 2013-2014, the hospital received donations totaling $124,969 from a wide variety of sources.
In order to recruit doctors, the ambulatory area was converted into physicians’ private practice offices in 1994.
A few years later, in 1996 and 1997, the number of beds in the hospital was reduced, and in 1998 another family physician was welcomed.
The hospital took on other projects such as the installation of a therapeutic pool, building a roof over the internal courtyard and carrying out renovations to the Community Care Access Centre.
While core services remain, additional programs are also now available through the Ontario Telemedicine Network in mental health, social work, and pre-operative consults.
Under a shared Meditech program, patient records with diagnostic results are now available among five hospitals, as they move towards full electronic medical records.
The hospital’s Senior Friendly Strategy is focused on fall prevention and delirium prevention, helping to improve patient safety.
Health Links is shared between Cornwall, Akwesasne, and Glengarry with a focus on helping the transition of complex need patients through the many different parts of the healthcare system.
Glenn Hay was the first baby born at the hospital, coming into the world July 1, 1965. J.P. Touchette, of the Alexandria IGA, had announced that the first baby was to receive a case of Carnation milk, two cases of baby food and six Even-Flo baby...