In­vest­ments in health

The Glengarry News - - Health, Beauty, Fitness, Nutrition -

The gen­er­ous do­na­tions re­ceived from the Winch­ester District Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion’s Spring Match­ing Gift Pro­gram will make a dif­fer­ence for thou­sands of pa­tients each year – keep­ing them safe and com­fort­able in the op­er­at­ing room.

Three new anes­thetic ma­chines have now been pur­chased, thanks to 42 do­na­tions net­ting $36,665.66. “The suc­cess­ful match­ing gift pro­gram, com­bined with a por­tion of a re­cent es­tate gift, has re­sulted in to­tal fund­ing for the anes­thetic ma­chines – much sooner than ex­pected,” re­ports Kris­ten Cas­sel­man, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor. “We are so grate­ful to every­one for your support.”

WDMH per­formed 4,512 surg­eries last year alone and anes­thetic ma­chines were used for al­most all of them. The ma­chines mon­i­tor pa­tients and keep them asleep. They pro­vide ven­ti­la­tion and oxy­gen dur­ing surgery and pro­vide a con­trolled, safe en­vi­ron­ment.

“The tran­si­tion to our new ma­chines went very smoothly thanks in part to our Team Leader Karen Ly­di­att,” notes Dr. Lu­cas Gil, former Chief of Anes­the­si­ol­ogy. “The ma­chines are smaller, eas­ier to move and more er­gonomic. And the dis­plays are easy to read and ad­justable which helps us see the vi­tal signs more clearly.”

“We were able to ex­change one ma­chine per day which re­quired per­fect tim­ing be­tween pa­tients. We had it down to a sci­ence by the third ma­chine. We felt like a NASCAR pit crew that re­quires a fast changeover,” she adds.

“We have an amaz­ing op­er­at­ing room team with ded­i­cated anes­thetists and nurses who em­braced and wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity to use th­ese state-of-the-art ma­chines. Now we have tech­nol­ogy that sur­passes our ex­pec­ta­tions, and safe, ef­fi­cient ma­chines to support our most vul­ner­a­ble pa­tient pop­u­la­tion. I can say whole­heart­edly that this was a suc­cess and a gi­ant thank you to our donors.”

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