The staff at Trillium Lodge have done an amazing job of decorating for the holidays! Residents and staff alike will feel the spirit of Christmas with all the beautiful displays.
The Hospital provided some funding towards lights and decorations with the staff contributing some of their own as well. Thank you to all the staff for providing such a wonderful environment for the residents over Christmas and throughout the year!
Thank you to the Nanaimo Lions Club for their generous donation of $1,000 for Palliative Care! Since their first gift 19 years ago, they have donated over $30,000 to the Hospital Foundation!
Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation & Leslie Smith, Nanaimo Lions Club
Thank you to Berwick on the Lake Resident’s Council for their generous donation of $500! The funds will support the new surgical suite in the Endoscopy Department at NRGH! We are grateful for their support over the past 6 years.
Photo: Janice Krall, Director, Major Gifts, Nanaimo Hospital Foundation & Flo Hoskins, Berwick Resident’s Council Member
Thank you to St. Stephen’s United Church Women in Qualicum Beach for their generous $250 donation! The funds are supporting the new $1.5 million Endoscopy surgical suite at NRGH. Learn more about the campaign here: bit.ly/NRGHENDO
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.
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.
- Echocardiograph Ultrasound Units
- O.R. Teaching Mannequin
- Washer and Dryer for the NICU
- Baby Simulator Mannequin
- Bladder Scanner
- Breast Pumps
- Freezers for the Milk Bank
- Rehabilitation Sit to Stand Lift
- Couches for care facility patients
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:
- Paediatric Emergency First Aid
- Psychosocial Care of the Dying and Bereaved
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
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
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
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
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