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$3.8 Million for Healthcare

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Due to the generosity of many donors, the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation was able to commit to over $3.8 million in funding to NRGH and the other care facilities it supports in the last fiscal year! The donations help fund medical equipment, patient comfort items, staff education and large projects such as the cardiac expansion at NRGH and Oceanside.

Read about some of the highlights over the past year on our news feed.

Thank you also to Dr. Rudston-Brown who was our guest speaker at our recent donor event where the photo was taken. He spoke about the importance of access to colonoscopies, why they are integral to our long-term health and the impact the new procedural suite in the Endoscopy Department at NRGH will have once it is built. Read about the colonoscopy campaign here.

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation; Dr. Blair Rudston Brown, Chief of Staff, NRGH; Sarah Sheridan, Temporary Director – Special Projects Surgical Services, NRGH; Moira Jenkins, Vice Chair, Hospital Foundation Board; Marci Ekland, Site Director, NRGH; Dr. Ben Williams, Executive Medical Director, GEO 2

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

Your Impact

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Throughout the year, the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation provides funding for a wide variety of equipment and patient comfort items for NRGH, Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville and three care facilities.

With the generous support of individual, corporate and community donors, here are some of the items the Hospital Foundation has been able to fund. Click on the linked items below to learn more and visit our news feed or our Facebook page regularly for more updates as they happen.

The Hospital Foundation also funds continuing education so medical staff have access to the latest knowledge and techniques to improve patient care. Recently funded courses:

Top Photo: RN’s in the Advanced Cardiac course

Top Left: Dr.Nataranjan with an Echocardiograph Ultrasound Unit

Middle Left: O.R. Teaching Mannequin

Bottom Left: RN’s Laura Miskulin & Sheri Shanahan with the new NICU Washer and Dryer

Donations for Young & Old

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Thank you to the Upper Island Power Pioneers for their generous donation of $1,000 for the NICU along with handmade quilts, slippers and hats that will provide much comfort for the seniors residing at Dufferin Place.

Photo: Lois Earle, Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Janet Harms, Tove Gahr, Jim Gahr & Sharon Bickle

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

A Ton of Teddy Bears!

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The students and families of Randerson Ridge School donated a whopping 440 teddy bears! Isabella, a student at Randerson, presented the idea to her school after she and her sisters donated bears to the Foundation. Her Teddy Bear Drive was very well received with PetSmart in Duncan being the biggest donor! Children receiving medical care at NRGH and VI SCAN will get much comfort from these cuddly toys.

Front Row: Ella, Jacob, Grace, Alessia, Gianna. Back Row: Jackie, Colton, Isabella,  Natasha and Roxana

Quilts Providing Comfort

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Thank you to the Parksville Quilters Guild for yet another generous and colourful donation of quilts and other items! These comfort items make a big difference for our littlest of patients. They will be given to babies and young children who are receiving care in the NICU at NRGH and VI SCAN (Vancouver Island Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program).
Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and Chris Kotzian, Comfort Quilt Coordinator, Parksville Quilters Guild