Looking for a team building activity that gives back to your community this Holiday Season?
The holidays are just a few weeks away and Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation is celebrating our 30th Annual Trees of Caring Campaign. This is an amazing accomplishment and you are part of this success! Through the incredible generosity of our community Trees of Caring raised over $235,000 in 2017.
As we continue with our tradition of 30 years of lights in front of our hospital, we invite you to lead our new Community Trees of Caring initiative by hosting a Tree of Caring of your own. This is a great opportunity to help create a positive, festive atmosphere and the best part is it’s so easy!
Become a Trees of Caring Community Partner in 3 easy steps!
1. Let us know you’re interested and we’ll provide you with a Trees of Caring Marketing Toolkit
2. Set-up or designate a tree (inside or out) with your team. Get creative! Your Tree of Caring could be as simple as a designated wall for items from your toolkit to be placed!
3. Stand back and enjoy raising funds for your community hospital!
Don’t worry– your Trees of Caring Marketing Toolkit will provide you with all the essentials to get you started! Items such as posters and signs, cardboard light bulbs to hang on your tree/wall (these can even be customized by the donor) as well as a donation box and slips.
Please let us know how our staff can support your Community Trees of Caring and we’ll be there. We have lots of great ideas we can share with you to help build team spirit and make this fun!
You can even make this a challenge with your staff and match donations up until a certain number!
It’s a very exciting time for Cambridge Memorial Hospital as we continue to reach out to raise funds to provide the best equipment possible to improve and save lives right here in our community, and your participation will have a direct impact on this!
P.S Make sure to send us photos of your Trees of Caring set-up, we want to share with the world how generous you are!
A special thank you to our current Community Partners:
Chartwell Queens Square
Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
For more information, or to become a Trees of Caring Community Partner contact Alexandra Wolosinecly, Developmeny Officer- Specials Events at 519-740-4966 x 2446 or [email protected]
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 12:16 PM
Did you know that community dollars fund 100% of the equipment in our hospital?
Your generous donations have allowed us to purchase the following upgraded equipment for our new wing.
Patient dignity and staff safety are vital to the best patient care. Portable lifts can be awkward and noisy. Motorized patient lifts have been installed in the Emergency Department stretcher bays, and all inpatient rooms. In most rooms, the lifts extend from the bed to the washroom doors and can accommodate up to 350lbs. In enhanced bariatric rooms, the lifts extend right into the washroom and can safely move someone up to 600lbs.
High Tech “Next Generation Surgical Lighting”
Our surgeons perform such delicate laparoscopic procedures that require the best lighting possible. Our new surgical suites have smart lighting that uses wireless technology. Clinicians can use a tablet or command centre to make adjustments to the lights. These specialized, easy to position lights can even sense an object casting shadow on a patient (like a surgeons shoulder) shutting off several LED lights to eliminate the shadow. Centre handles also accommodate a camera so procedures can be recorded for teaching or patient records. Like all technology in the new surgical suites, these are adaptable to healthcare professionals’ height and standing placement.
Thank you for believing in the importance of supporting the health of your community!
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 11:31 AM
CaringBUSINESS- Ridgehill Ford
Join our growing list of Caring Businesses who are each inspired to contribute a minimum of $50,000 to the WeCareCMH Campaign. Your business will be distinctly identified as a leader in our community to all who visit CMH.
Successful business is driven by passion, vision and reputation. Our Caring Businesses are leading the way in their respective industires by embracing their social resonsibility with a gift to support our healthcare transformation. Our Atrium Recognition Wall will celebrate your vision for a healthier community.
Ridgehill Ford’s philanthropic relationship with CMH was kicked into high gear eight years ago when Kevin Zimic purchased the prominent dealership on Hespeler Road. As a previous member of the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation Board Executive, Kevin understood the colossal task of raising funds to build and equip a new hospital. His engagement with CMH started light, as he was still getting settled into the Cambridge business landscape and looking for a home for his family.
Ridgehill first supported the Foundation with a test drive event in 2012 and followed it up by sponsoring a corporate banner for Trees of Caring. In the years since, Trees of Caring has become an ongoing commitment; the dealership has become a significant sponsor of our Golf Classic, and participated in Best Bites and community dinners.
Once Kevin re-located his family to Cambridge, he felt he could finally direct more of his passion and energy to the hospital. He is now “all in” and serving as both the CMH Foundation Board Vice-Chair and the WeCareCMH Co-Chair. He strongly believes it is Cambridge’s time for a right-sized, state-of-the-art hospital. That’s what he wants available for his family, his employees, and and every one of his clients.
It was important to Kevin that he gives a financial donation in addition to volunteering his time and talent. He knew that successful campaign leaders give first, before they approach others. He chose to become a Caring Business donor, giving a $50,000 pledge spread over 3–5 years.
Ridgehill Ford is not the only auto dealer to contribute to the campaign, as the Bennett family has also made a significant commitment as a Caring Family, and Cambridge Toyota continues their loyalty to our Trees of Caring Campaign. Each of these gifts impact the care we are able to provide for our patients when they need us most.
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 2:04 PM
Vera Marshe Nursing Education Grant
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Vera Marshe Nursing Education Grant, Lizzette Dela Pena and Emily MacDougal who were honoured at the October Nursing Advisory Council Meeting!
The Vera Marshe Memorial Fund was established by Vera’s devoted husband William Phare Marshe after her passing in 1993. Vera’s academic career took her to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto where Vera took a post graduate course in Operating Room Administration and Surgical Procedures. In 1952, Vera was invited by the Director of Nursing in Galt to supervise the surgical service program of the new Hospital, South Waterloo Memorial Hospital, slated to open the following year. Along with Dr. Neil Watters, Vera “modernized” the ophthalmologist and anaesthetist- as well as support staff. Among her many accomplishments, Vera Marshe developed the first “triage” plan in which multiple accident victims were assessed and prioritized for treatment. Vera also pioneered the insertion of opaque material in surgical sponges so they would show up on x-rays. Those who knew Vera will tell you that she had a fine sense of humour and that she enjoyed entertaining, travel, reading and music!
The Vera Marshe Nursing Education Grant at CMH is accessible to full and part time staff enrolled in programs related to their work through a recognized accredited education facility and courses must relate to improving the applicants knowledge and professional development related to their current and/or future role within CMH.
There will be a new call for applications in January 2019 to be presented during National Nursing Week in May 2019!
For more information on the Vera Marshe Nursing Education Grant, or Nursing Advisory Council please contact Karen Cziraki at x2456
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 11:50 AM
Doctor Spotlight- Dr. Chang
What makes Dr. Michelle Chang unique? Is it the U2 video she was in? Is it her reason for becoming a doctor? Is it because she is the only female Urologist in the Waterloo-Wellington LHIN?
It really isn’t just one thing, for Dr. Chang is one of a kind — to us, her patients and to her family. She is the first doctor in her family, so it was a career choice that her family respected and encouraged. She chose to study medicine because it offered her the balance and personal satisfaction between having to solve complex challenges and being able to help people. When she started medical school, Dr. Chang was instantly attracted to surgery, but did not realize there were so many different specialties. When her father was diagnosed with bladder cancer and passed away, she found her passion in Urology. When Dr. Chang is not in the operating room or with her patients, you can find her with her family, camping, spending time outdoors and listening to music. Oh, and that U2 video? City of Blinding Lights.
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 10:16 AM
CMH was here when the Pervaiz Family needed us most.
CMH was here when the Pervaiz Family needed us most.
Baby Azlaan arrived at CMH by ambulance. His parents called 911 when he stopped moving and within minutes he started seizing. As first time parents, they were completely panicked and had no idea what was going on.
The paramedics arrived at their home very quickly and explained that Azlaan had experienced a febrile seizure. After arriving at Cambridge Memorial Hospital the Pervaizi family was quickly seen by a doctor and sent to Diagnostic Imaging to determine the cause. After a series of tests and monitoring Azlaan was cleared to go home.
“The paramedics, doctors, nurses and everyone we dealt with that night handled us with such kindness, care and understanding. We are so grateful to have had such a wonderful experience in such a scary situation. To receive gentle and empathetic support from strangers was absolutely amazing”
said Chantel Pervaiz. Azlaan is a happy, healthy and thriving 17-month old who keeps his family very busy.
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 2:44 PM
Lemonade and Cupcakes for CMHF!
A huge thank you to Kenzie and Alyssa for donating the proceeds from their “Sweet & Sour” Lemonade and Cupcake Sale to CMHF. They raised $71 dollars this summer and stopped by the office yesterday. We can’t wait to visit your next one!
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 9:00 AM
Farm Boy Cambridge Raise $5578 for Juvenile/Youth Diabetes at CMH!
Thank you to Farm Boy for supporting CMH and our Youth Diabetes Management program for another year. Our care team aims to provide medical treatment, but also helps the child manage their diabetes with better nutrition choices. Good education and access to fresh food will help patients live longer, healthier lives, and prevent medical complications as they become adults.
Your investment will have a real impact on today and tomorrow’s youth within our area.
It may be surprising to hear that Cambridge has a higher than average number of children and youth who are being diagnosed with Diabetes.
Our Child Life Specialist, Tracy, currently has a portfolio of over 90 patients with Juvenile Diabetes. Together with one of our pediatricians, she is meeting up to 7 children/youth per month who have been newly diagnosed (ages 11 months to 17 years). The average age is about 9 or 10 years old upon diagnosis.
Youth diabetic patients arrive at our hospital either from a family doctor referral, or as a very sick patient in our Emergency Department. They usually spent 4-7 days with us as an inpatient, during which time we do several laboratory test to determine their treatment path . Their next step is to meet with their diabetes management team that includes the Child Life Specialist (Tracy), Pediatrician, Diabetic Nurse, Dietician, and often Social Worker. After they have been educated on how to manage their condition, they visit us to check in up 3 times per year, or sometimes as frequently as daily through text or email with Tracy. All patients begin by managing insulin with shots (similar to an EPI-pen) and most graduate over time to a wearable insulin pump.
Unfortunately, Tracy and our paediatric team predict that the number of diagnoses will only increase in the coming years. Unlike some forms of Diabetes, like Type 2 that is related to lifestyle, there are no real prevention options for Juvenile Diabetic patients (Type 1), there is only management. However, setting them up with good management tools and good education will help them to live longer, healthier lives, and prevent medical complications as they become adults.
Our youth diabetic program would not be possible without appropriate space and clinical services for these patients and their parents. A modern and efficient ER, Lab, Diabetic Classroom and Inpatient Paediatric Beds are essential to giving our Juvenile Diabetes patients the best care. Our new wing at CMH, opening later this year, will house this essential paediatric service. This is only one example of what you will making possible with your gift.
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 10:58 AM
We're Hiring- Join the Team!
CMHF is hiring- Annual Giving, Development Officer
Are you an experienced fundraiser with a passion for donor recognition? Do you have a knack for writing and storytelling? Well you may be the perfect fit to join our team.
To apply to our Annual Giving- Development Officer Position click here.
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 2:21 PM
Become a Caring Business by investing in #WeCareCMH today!
We are seeking 100 Caring Businesses who are each inspired to contribute a minimum of $50,000 to the WeCareCMH Campaign.
This amount can be gifted over several years. In return, your business will be distinctly identified as a leader in our community to all who visit Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
Our intention is to work with all Caring Businesses to create an environment that will encourage other businesses in our Region to become leaders in making community healthcare a priority. Successful business is driven by passion, vision and reputation. Our Caring Businesses will lead the way in their respective industries by embracing their social responsibility with a gift to support our healthcare transformation.
As a Caring Business you will showcase to your employees, clients and shareholders that you believe in offering them better access to healthcare. Once our new facilities open, you will be treated at the most medically advanced hospital in Waterloo Region. You will experience shorter wait times due to an increased number of beds and a larger Emergency department. You will benefit from shorter stays and fewer return visits because of our improved ability to control the spread of infection. You will also notice the addition of new medical staff who have been attracted to CMH to train and practice at our brand new facility, using the latest technology.
Our Lower Atrium recognition wall will allow us to celebrate your vision for a healthier community, and share this message with all who visit us.