Ten years ago, when my husband and I were thinking about where we’d like to work, live and raise our family, Cambridge Memorial Hospital was at the top of our list. I’m an Internist and my husband is an Orthopedic Surgeon.
We’d interviewed at numerous hospitals, but Cambridge Memorial, the people and the community, felt like home to us. We both grew up in Newfoundland, so the small town feel here felt right and we knew it would be an ideal place for our careers and our family to grow.
Today, I’m proud to be your Chief of Hospital Medicine and to be part of a team that works so hard to improve the care we provide to members of our community who are living with chronic illness.
With baby-boomers ageing and seniors living longer, more people in Cambridge and North Dumfries are living with complex illnesses that require ongoing treatment such as respiratory or pulmonary disorders, dementia, diabetes and arthritis. This creates significant challenges for patients and families, and places increased pressures on our healthcare system.
That’s why Cambridge Memorial is taking steps to transform the way we deliver care to inpatients on the medical floors. We’re on a mission to be more responsive to the needs of our patients, and we’ve already made significant progress. Let me explain how we’re doing this.
In January 2018, CMH introduced the Accountable Care Model on the fourth floor of the hospital with the goal to improve communication with our patients and their families, and to improve collaboration between our care teams. So now, rather than making rounds to a patient’s bedside separately, the physician, nurse, care coordinator, therapist, and pharmacist are making their daily rounds together.
While it requires some ingenuity to coordinate everyone’s schedule, the impact on patient’s comfort and wellness is already noticeable. Every day, I see patients admitted to the hospital feeling quite unwell. When that happens, it’s normal for them to feel anxious, worried or vulnerable.
Our job then, is to ease these concerns by keeping everyone well informed about what’s going on, engaging patients in their care, and ensuring everyone understands the treatment plan that will continue after discharge.
In the coming months, we will continue to fine tune this model so that eventually it can be rolled out to other floors and programs. It’s truly an exciting time to be practicing medicine at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
I hope that you feel an equal amount of excitement about all that Cambridge Memorial Hospital has accomplished in recent years, even as we’ve worked in cramped spaces throughout the constuction of our new hospital wing.
I’m personally so thankful to the CMH community – the donors, volunteers and staff – that have remained dedicated and supportive of our pursuit of excellence throughout these transformative years. I’m also grateful to every person that has contributed to #TransformationCMH and #WeCareCMH so far. Together, we have raised more than $44 million. That’s truly incredible.
Now, with $5.2 million left to raise, we have to keep our foot on the gas. Every donation is important, as every dollar will help us replace ageing equipment, purchase essential new equipment, invest in emerging technologies, and ensure that our physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals have all of the tools they need to do their job with excellence.
If you have the means, I encourage you to further your support today by making another contribution. The medical equipment we need is costly, but if every person in Cambridge and North Dumfries gets on board with this campaign and gives what they can, we’ll all benefit.
Thank you for being so generous! Thank you for helping us to improve care for every patient that comes through our doors, and counts on us during their time of need.
THIS IS FOR ALL OF US.
Dr. Jasmine Mathew
Chief of Hospital Medicine