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Another Success for Wheel-O-Rama

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Thank you to VITV’s Wheel-O-Rama for their generous $4,120 donation for our Endoscopy campaign. To date, they have donated over $7,500 through their
WestJet ticket raffle!

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation & Allen Felker, VITV & Wheel-O-Rama Organizer

Improving Patient Comfort

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Quality of life is an important part of patient care. The Hospital Foundation is committed to helping make residents as comfortable as possible. The smallest things can make a difference in patient quality of life like this aquarium at Trillium Lodge in Parksville. The little schools of fish bring a smile to the lodge residents as well as staff and visitors.

Foundation Supports New Milk Depot at NRGH

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Nursing mothers in the Nanaimo area have a new resource to help support babies in need, by donating their milk.  Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) has become an official Donor Milk Collection Depot for BC Women’s Provincial Milk Bank, located at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre in Vancouver.

A Donor Milk Collection Depot provides a space for women to drop off their raw, frozen breast milk, which is transported to the Provincial Milk Bank. The milk is then pasteurized and distributed to Neonatal Intensive Care Units across the province.

The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is providing more than $13,000 in funding for the purchase of two medical freezers and a waterless milk warmer for the Breast Milk Depot at NRGH.

“We agreed to fund this project without hesitation as it is essential that all babies get the best start in life possible,” said Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. “We are delighted we can contribute to the establishment of the Breast Milk Depot at NRGH due to the support of our generous donors.”

Prior to the new Milk Depot, an order for milk had to be done for each individual baby in the NICU at NRGH. Now they will be able to make a single order that will supply milk for multiple babies. Plus, with the new freezers, a supply can be on-hand at all times with re-orders made as needed when supply is low.

New programs such as this require the input and support of many partners. The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is delighted to be one of the partners along with NRGH, Island Health and BC Women’s Hospital Provincial Milk Bank.

“This new depot gives more women on Vancouver Island the opportunity to help fragile babies get the nutrients they need from breast milk,” says Leah Hollins, Island Health Board Chair. “Island Health is proud to provide this service at a second location.”

“Opening the NRGH Donor Milk Collection Depot is made possible through Unit leadership, support from the Hospital Foundation and interest from women in the community,” said Erin O’Sullivan, Island Health Perinatal Program Development Lead. “Promoting and protecting breastfeeding and breast milk as the optimal choice for infant nutrition is a key to supporting healthy moms and babes; especially, the tiniest babies.”

“We are so happy to have a place for Central Island women to drop off their milk once they are approved donors,” said Juanita Parsonage, Nurse Clinician, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. “This will give more women the opportunity to donate, making it easier for them and, in turn, the most fragile babies in the province will be able to access donor milk.”

BC Women’s Hospital launched the Provincial Milk Bank in 1974.  Since then it has processed more than 2-million ounces of milk, helping tens of thousands of babies across the province.

“BC Women’s rely on partnerships such as Island Health to provide donor milk to the sickest babies across BC,” says Frances Jones, BC Women’s Provincial Milk Bank coordinator. “We’re so pleased with the opening of the new depot, which will allow Nanaimo area moms to donate and further increases access to families in need.”

Donors must complete the Provincial Milk Bank’s pre-screening process before they can donate their milk at the Nanaimo Milk Depot at NRGH.  Screening consists of a brief telephone interview to confirm potential donors are in good health, not taking select medications and/or supplements, and willing to undergo blood testing.

The BC Women’s Hospital Provincial Milk Bank is looking for donors.  Women interested in becoming an approved breast milk donor can contact: 604-875-3743 or visit http://www.bcwomens.ca/our-services/labour-birth-post-birth-care/milk-bank/donating-milk

Top Photo: Kristina Maguire, Iris Halbach, Juantia Parsonage, Trina Knight, Frances Jones, Emily Vanwaes

Bottom Photo: One of the Milk Depot Freezers

Welcome!

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We are delighted to announce that as of May 1, Janice Krall will be joining the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation team as the Director, Major Gifts and Donor Relations.

Janice is a people first leader known for building relationships.  She has a combined 20 plus years’ progressive leadership experience in corporate, a national non-profit, higher education and community volunteering. She holds a certificate in Community Leadership though VIU and has served on several boards and community tables throughout her diverse career.

Janice comes to the Hospital Foundation from Vancouver Island University where she worked in the Advancement & Alumni Relations office. Previous to this she was the Area Manager with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada where she successfully led all business development & operations for Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands & Powell River. In addition, her work with volunteers and donors has earned local, provincial and national recognition.

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Janice is passionate about giving back to her community. She is Past President and mentor within her service club Zonta, which supports and empowers women, children and families. Janice is also an animal lover and supporter of the SPCA.

Janice is excited to contribute to the strengthening of the health and well being of individuals and families in our community.

New Washer & Dryer for the NICU

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Thank you to all our donors who made the purchase and installation of a washer and dryer in the NICU possible. Before the installation, baby clothes had to be taken to another department to be washed. Baby clothes are very delicate so the new W/D will help keep them in better condition and valuable time will be saved by being able to do the laundry right in the department.

Jesse’s Gift Foundation donated $7,330 which was raised through a raffle of WestJet tickets to purchase the appliances and other project costs were covered by the generosity of many other donors. Thank you to the NRGH Facilities Maintenance & Operations staff for installing the washer and dryer!

Photo above: Janice Perrino, CEO Hospital Foundation, Sheri Shanahan, Jesse’s Gift founder & RN, Trina Knight, Manager, CYF at NRGH, Spencer Rispin and Jay Ubilas, FMO at NRGH; Greg Scott, Chair and Moira Jenkins, Vice Chair, Hospital Foundation Board

Photo below: RN Laura Miskulin and Sheri putting the first load into the new washer and dryer

Patient Comfort at Dufferin Place

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In addition to medical equipment, the Hospital Foundation funds a wide array of patient comfort items. For example, couches help provide an inviting and comfortable environment for both patients residing at Dufferin Place in Nanaimo and their loved ones who visit them. Photo: Sandra and Jack Slocum

New Mannequin for O.R. Department

By | Medical Equipment, News

After serving NRGH well since 1985, the time has come to replace “Annie” – the CPR training mannequin used to train the life-saving technique. The new mannequin, yet to be named, was funded by the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

The O.R. Department team members are excited about the new mannequin’s features which will provide more advanced training options. Some of the many benefits are:

  • Proper airway anatomy such as vocal chords, esophagus and epiglottis for more realistic simulations
  • Unlike “Annie”, it isn’t limited to just CPR training. The new mannequin can be used to practice a number of airway management techniques
  • It can be used for inter-professional simulations. Cardiac arrest, intubations and other emergency situations can be practiced individually or as a group including surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses
  • It can be used to demonstrate and practice the use of new equipment

In addition to the Hospital Foundation, the O.R. department would like to give thanks to Life Safe Medical Training who helped acquire the mannequin.

Photo Below: “Annie”

New Bladder Scanner for Eagle Park

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Thanks to support from Newman’s Own Foundation, staff at Eagle Park Health Care Facility have a brand new bladder scanner! In the past, they did not have access to this diagnostic tool at Eagle Park, a 75 bed long term care facility in Qualicum Beach. With the new scanner, staff will be better able to care for their elderly residents and potentially prevent transfers to the Emergency Room or urgent care facilities.

About Bladder Scanners

A bladder scanner is a noninvasive, portable ultrasound device that provides a virtual 3D image of the bladder and the volume of retained urine. Bladder scans are commonly utilized in acute care, long-term care, and rehabilitation environments, as well as in physicians’ offices.

Without the use of a bladder scanner, urinary retention is assessed by performing an invasive “in and out” urinary catheterization. This procedure can be uncomfortable and increase a patient’s risk of infection. Bladder scanners are the safest option for patients.

Photo: Cindy Illerbrun, Carol Allen and Betty Piotrowska

Cardiac Equipment Arrives at NRGH

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Due to the support of generous donors, including a $1 million donation, the $1.8 million cardiac campaign goal has been reached months in advance! As a result, the Hospital Foundation immediately funded $500,000 of medical equipment which just arrived at NRGH.

Dr. Nataranjan, one of the cardiologists at NRGH, is pictured with one of the new echocardiography ultrasound units. At a cost of $138,000 each, these incredible machines have the most advanced software and imaging capabilities available. These units are true workhorses that can do all the different tests cardiac patients may need.

With cardiac ultrasound exams alone expected to exceed 10,000 in 2019, and all cardiac exams totaling over 40,000, these units are a much needed addition to the hospital.

New Elevator Wraps at NRGH

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The Foundation’s four elevator wraps recently installed at NRGH look amazing! The wraps celebrate the dedicated NRGH staff and volunteers and the incredible care they provide on a daily basis. They also highlight the vital medical equipment that donors help fund. Together we are helping deliver excellence in healthcare in our community. Thank you!