Com­mu­nity sup­port re­mains vi­tal

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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.

Im­prove­ments

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...

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