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“Good health is something that we often take for granted. We tend not to think much about it until something happens to us… or one of our loved ones.”

—Dr. Laura Kelly, Emergency Physician, Ridge Meadows Hospital

Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation is proud to invest in your health by funding several pieces of urgently needed lifesaving equipment and community initiatives.

2021–22 High Priority Needs

Surgical Smoke Evacuator, Ambulatory Care $2,600

A Surgical Smoke Evacuator is a system comprising of a vacuum pump and filters that captures and purifies surgical smoke generated during a procedure and returns it to the operating room. It is a highly efficient and necessary tool for reducing hazardous by-products during surgical procedures. This new smoke evacuator works against a greater number of cauteries, allowing ophthalmologists in our Eye Clinic to perform optimal care. It will be used in approximately 400 procedures a year.

Pressure Relief Mattress x2, Baillie House$22,000

These Pressure Relief Mattresses are special air mattresses constructed of low-shear, therapeutic materials. The air pump circulates and pulses airflow within it to reduce moisture and reduce pressure on the resident’s skin. Approximately 50% of our residents in Baillie House are at moderate to high risk of developing pressure injuries. Having these mattresses ensures resident’s needs can be met quickly and efficiently, preventing and promoting the healing of skin injuries, leading to improved mobility and quality of life.

Portable Ultrasound, Chronic Pain Clinic$64,000

A Portable Ultrasound Machine allows ultrasounds to be taken at the point of care, increasing the efficiency of diagnosis and treatment. Physicians supporting urgent care and chronic pain programs have identified this as a critical need, as it allows them to assess and provide long-term management of chronic pain conditions to patients without subjecting them to long wait times. Approximately 1,080 patients per year will benefit from this service.

Bladder Scanner, Emergency$18,400

A Bladder Scanner is a non-invasive portable tool for diagnosing, managing and treating urinary outflow dysfunction. It measures ultrasonic reflections within a patient’s body to differentiate the urinary bladder from the surrounding tissue. Many patient treatments require the physician to assess the patient’s bladder to either safely perform a procedure or to determine the next step of care. Approximately 20% of patient visits to Emergency require the use of a bladder scanner to determine bladder volume.

Defibrillator, Emergency$18,200

A defibrillator is a device that delivers a dose of electric current to the heart to treat life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias. Due to the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during the treatment of critical COVID-19 patients, a negative pressure resuscitation room. This room has the equipment necessary to perform the initial resuscitation and treatment of severe COVID-19 cases that may need to be intubated and ventilated. A defibrillator is an essential need for this room, as it ensures comprehensive care while adhering to infection control procedures for COVID-19.

Bariatric Wheelchair Scale, Home Health Services$6,500

This bariatric wheelchair scale allows for accurate weight measurements of all patients in wheelchairs, including bariatric patients. In order for occupational therapists to make recommendations regarding equipment that will result in optimal outcomes, it is very important to have an accurate weight reading. When staff are purchasing equipment, bariatric equipment will only be approved for patients if there is an accurate weight reading to determine bariatric status.

Pressure Mapping System, Home Health Services$17,000

A pressure mapping system allows occupational therapists to pressure map a client in their home, clinic, or hospital. A pressure map, which is connected via Bluetooth to a laptop, is placed under the point of potential pressure. The occupational therapist can then accurately map where the pressure issues are, and take appropriate steps to rectify them, such as changing the patient’s mattress, cushion, shoes, and more.

Blood Product Refrigerator, Laboratory$16,000

A transfusion medicine fridge is a temperature-regulated refrigerator that is required for blood and blood products to be stored safely. Our laboratory’s current refrigerator is beyond its capacity for storing all the essential life-saving blood products and is no longer able to sustain the drastically increasing need for blood products in our community. This blood product refrigerator will allow us to store and use the necessary blood products for our growing community.

Bladder Scanner, Maternity$18,400

A bladder scanner is a non-invasive portable tool for diagnosing, managing and treating urinary outflow dysfunction. It measures ultrasonic reflections within a patient’s body to differentiate the urinary bladder from the surrounding tissue. Many patient treatments require the physician to assess the patient’s bladder to either safely perform a procedure or to determine the next step of care.

Respiratory Monitor, Maternity $10,000

The Infant Respiratory Monitor provides a clear record of the heart rate and respiratory rate along with oxygen saturations in real-time and relation to each other, facilitating a more comprehensive picture of the infant’s status during resuscitation. Infants up to 30 days old that experience cardiorespiratory deterioration anywhere in RMH will have access to the appropriate level of monitoring by the Code Pink team, leading to enhanced care decisions.

Bladder Scanner, Medical Day Care$18,400

A Bladder Scanner is a non-invasive portable tool for diagnosing, managing and treating urinary outflow dysfunction. It measures ultrasonic reflections within a patient’s body to differentiate the urinary bladder from the surrounding tissue. Many patient treatments require the physician to assess the patient’s bladder to either safely perform a procedure or to determine the next step of care. Nearly 700 patients are seen in the Urology Clinic at RMH for treatments of cancer, overactive bladder, urine retention, and complex catheter changes, among others—all of which require the use of a bladder scanner.

Vital Signs Monitor x4, Medicine Unit$18,400

Wall-Mounted Vital Signs Monitors assist nurses in monitoring patient conditions by measuring blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and oxygen saturation. The acquisition of four new vital signs monitors will provide dedicated equipment for each patient in 2W, reducing the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, to vulnerable in-patients.

Hysteroscope, OR$9,200

A Hysteroscope is used in the inspection of the uterine cavity during the diagnosis of intrauterine pathology and surgery. Due to its multifunction, the surgeon is able to go from diagnostic to treatment in the same procedure, using the same piece of equipment. It allows for the treatment of a larger population in relation to the size of patients, including pediatrics, and is used in the majority of gynecology cases.

Wolf Suction, OR$5,100

A Wolf Suction Irrigation is a laparoscopic instrument used to clear areas of blood or fluid with irrigation and suction. Its irrigation is durable with universal application, has various attachments, is user-friendly and has accurate flow control. It also provides good visibility, which is critical for completing laparoscopic surgery without opening, having immense benefits for the comfortability and recovery of the patient, as well as for surgeon fatigue. The Wolf Suction is the preferred laparoscopic suction for surgeons, gynecologists, and urologists at RMH.

Rapid Infuser, PACU$56,500

A Rapid Infuser is used when patients require a high-speed delivery of warmed blood and body fluids. It is necessary, as perioperative hypothermia is a common but largely preventable problem with serious implications for patients, surgeons, and hospitals. RMH is performing longer and more complex cases which present the risk of malignant hypothermia because the patient is receiving fluids intravenously, which naturally cools the patient. The rapid infuser is used in life-saving situations where minutes count.

Sara Stedy, PATH$2,480

The Sara Stedy is a lift that takes up very little space, requires no battery to operate, is easy to clean, is low maintenance and durable, and only requires one staff member to use. Mobilizing patients helps prevent hospital acquired infections, reduces skin breakdown from prolonged bed rest, and assists with digestion as patients can eat their meals sitting upright in a chair. It also prevents staff injuries when transferring patients. The acquisition of this Sara Stedy will benefit all patients on the PATH unit that require transfer.

Shower Chair, PATH$13,500

This Shower Chair is a mobile chair equipped with a lift that is used for the showering and bathing of patients. Updated shower equipment is essential for ease and comfortability for patients and staff, making the experience much more enjoyable. The shower chair requires one staff member, helping to maintain the patient’s dignity. Every patient in PATH will benefit from the use of this chair, and the time between bathing of patients will decrease.

Bariatric Wheelchair x3, Physiotherapy$21,000

Bariatric Manual Wheelchairs with pressure-relieving cushions are for patients admitted to the hospital. They promote the early mobilization of patients with complex medical presentations. They also aid in rehabilitation, as patients gain strength by independently propelling themselves using their arms or feet, as well as getting out of bed and into the wheelchair.  These wheelchairs provide basic mobility and are required to meet the needs of our increasing bariatric population.

Vital Signs Monitor, Respiratory Rehab$6,400

This Vital Signs Monitor offers accurate, reliable, hands-free monitoring for Cardiac Stress and Exercise Testing. It is specifically motion tolerant, allowing an accurate blood pressure reading while the patient is undergoing testing. The efficiency and accuracy of vitals during testing is important for patients who are sensitive to the strain from the exercise. It will enable the health care providers in our Pulmonary Function Lab to accurately assess our patients’ blood pressure and provide safe, quality care to our patients.

Transport Ventilator, Respiratory Therapy$36,700

The Transport Ventilator is a small and compact ventilator that allows the Respiratory Therapist to provide similar ventilation that a bedside unit provides, but while transporting the intubated patient for tests and procedures. Presently, all intubated COVID-19 patients are transferred to other sites. Transport of intubated patients to other sites regularly occurs approximately once per week, but with COVID-19, it has risen to approximately three times per week. This dependable, compact, and light ventilator allows safe transport of patients to other sites and reduces the risk of injury to staff.

Telemetry Monitoring Station, Surgery Unit$200,000

The installation of a Telemetry Central Monitoring Station will allow 3W staff to monitor their cardiac patients safely and efficiently. Currently, telemetry patients on 3W are monitored on the central station in the ICU, and ICU staff are required to call or leave their unit to attend to patients on 3W. With new equipment and additional training of staff, 3W nurses will be able to provide consistent and safe care of telemetry patients. Acquisition of this piece will increase capacity for telemetry patients from 7 to 13.

Total High Priority Needs: $580,780

2021–22 Other Funding Support

Baillie House$5,000

Donations to the Baillie House Resident Council Fund supports recreation and program activities, special projects, and general comfort items to enhance the quality of life for residents of Baillie House.

Community Health Initiatives$2,500

We are pleased to support programs and initiatives in the community that encourage and promote healthy living.

COVID-19 Response$35,000

As our front-line health care providers continue to face the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, we are focusing our efforts on helping ensure that they have the resources and support they need. We have created the COVID-19 Response Fund and are working closely with our hospital to identify and meet additional needs as they arise. As the impacts of this crisis unfold within our community, the funds are distributed to the areas of greatest need at Ridge Meadows Hospital during this time.

Health Education Endowment Grants$5,000

These grants are awarded to our multi-disciplinary health care teams who work at Ridge Meadows Hospital and Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Health Services for professional development.

Impact Grants$15,000

These grants are awarded to departments for projects or resources that enhance or have a positive impact on patient care and innovative ideas that can help frontline staff do their jobs better or make their work more effective.

Life Long Learning Grants$5,000

These grants are awarded to regular employees of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows publicly funded health care facilities for professional development, higher education, and more.

McKenney Creek Hospice $6,000

Donations to McKenney Creek Hospice support the patients, staff, and volunteers who provide quality hospice, palliative, and end-of-life care to the patients and families in McKenney Creek Hospice.

Pediatric Comfort$3,000

These funds support client comfort, education, equipment and special projects for the clients and families who use services of the pediatric department.

Research (SEED) Grants$5,000

The Foundation is pleased to support new researchers/Principal Investigators to complete a definitive research study or to engage in preliminary research.

VolunTEEN Sponsorship$1,500

We are proud to sponsor the VolunTEEN Program at Ridge Meadows Hospital. Funds are used for expenses directly related to the VolunTEEN Program and may include items such as t-shirts and orientation expenses.

Youth Mental Health$5,000

The Foundation is proud to continue to support the mental health and well-being of youth in our community through Foundry Ridge Meadows—a “one-stop shop” where young people aged 12-24 can access mental health, primary care, substance use, peer support, and social services such as employment support.

Total Other Funding Support: $88,000

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For more information please email Kate Campbell or call 604.466.6925.

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