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.
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 3:43 PM
6 Key Improvements once the new wing opens
6 Key Improvements once the new wing opens:
Do you wonder how your support of CMH is changing healthcare in this region? There are six key areas that will be improved- or completely transformed by the time the WeCareCMH project is complete.
The Emergency Department: If you’ve been to our Emergency Department you likely know it could use some improvement! Built to accommodate 30,000 to 35,000 patients per year, we currently have over 55,000 visits a year.
Intensive Care Unit: In conjunction with the expansion of our Emergency Department, the ICU will expand to twelve beds from the current seven beds.
Mental Health Program: Mental health is a growing area of concern across Canada. Cambridge is no exception. Our mental health program should be providing 25 beds, but we only have space for 20 beds at the moment. Once our new patient tower is complete, we can expand to provide the 25 needed beds.
Birthing Unit: The birthing unit will move to the main level of the new tower, closer to the operating rooms—to help minimize risk to mother and baby, especially when a C-section is needed.
Operating Rooms: Our hospital not only needs more operating rooms to address the healthcare needs of our community, it also needs larger ORs to accommodate advanced equipment used in minimally invasive surgeries.
Inpatient Rooms: Our existing inpatient rooms will be renovated to meet the latest standards in accessibility and infection control. The new rooms will be much larger, to more safely accommodate medical equipment, staff, patients and loved ones.
New Patient Room
Mental Health Terrace
New OR Room
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 11:57 AM
Become a Caring Family by investing in #WeCareCMH today!
Join a distinguished group of Caring Families by investing $100,000 to the WeCareCMH Campaign.
In return, you will be distinctively recognized to the thousands of families in our community who visit the Emergency Waiting Area each year. 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.
Special Recognitionfor our CaringFAMILIES
› Family name recognition on the Donor Wall in the emergency waiting area
› Family name recognition within Annual Report
› Family acknowledgement at events as appropriate
› Invitation to annual donor appreciation event
› Invitation to hospital opening celebration
› Invitation to group site tours or information sessions on new hospital in progress
› Invitation to attend campaign celebrations including milestone events (e.g. ribbon cutting)
Fore more information on becoming a Caring Family please contact Susan Lockett at [email protected]
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 11:23 AM
#WeCareCMH Spring Golf Classic is a Success!
A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, golfers and volunteers for making the 21st #WeCareCMH Spring Golf Classic such a success yesterday!
A special thank you to Dr. Daly for speaking on behalf of the Surgical Program here at CMH. We would also like to thank Kevin Zimic for being our emcee for the evening with CMHF Executive Director, Lisa Short.
Thank you to our Golf Committee for all your hard work and planning, as well as Eric Bolton for serenading us with his wonderful music and the Galt Country Club for hosting us. This year’s tournament was a great success and we are looking forward to seeing you all next year!
Learn more about the Doctors and care right here at CMH with our Q&A featuring Chief of Emergency Dr. Eugenio.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your work at CMH.
A: For the past 12 years, I’ve been treating patients in the Emergency Department at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. I’ve seen children with serious allergic reactions and seniors with broken hips. I’ve dealt with heart attacks, panic attacks and strokes. I’ve even delivered a baby in the back seat of a car, right outside our triage doors.
I’m still as passionate today about taking care of you and your family as I was when I started. I thrive in the high-pressure environment of Emergency, where almost any medical problem can suddenly present itself. I think it’s made me a better doctor.
Q: What are some of the biggest challenges in your role?
A: Of course, life in the Emergency Department is not without its challenges! The long hours… the thousands of life and death decisions… the heightened emotions of patients who are in pain, scared, and exhausted. Yet, on a day-to-day basis, our biggest challenge has always been space.
Cambridge Memorial’s Emergency Department was built decades ago to handle 30,000 visits a year. When I started in 2006, there were 40,000 visits. This past year, when I took over as Chief of the Emergency Department, we topped 55,000 visits.
Just the other day, we had 84 patients in Emergency, between admitted patients and those waiting to be seen. There were no chairs left in the waiting room. We physically and literally ran out of room.
Q: How will the new Emergency Department change your day to day work?
A: We desperately need the new Emergency Department, which will be three times the size, and we can’t wait to open the new wing to you and your neighbours. We will be able to see more patients and determine their needs more efficiently.
Our new Fast Track Zone will act like a walk-in clinic, where patients who have less serious health issues can be seen in a more expedient fashion. Not only will this improve the flow of patients, it will also ensure that Emergency beds are readily available for patients with more severe trauma or illness. In fact, I’ve already started a trial run in our current ER, to work out the kinks and develop the best processes for working together and providing everyone with the very best care possible.
That is something Cambridge Memorial is always striving for, and we’ve already made great strides in that direction. Last year, CMH received an award from the Ministry of Health for most improved wait times in 2016-17 for a high-volume community hospital. I’m certain we will be able to do even more in our new space.
Q: What would you like to share with our donors about how they support your work?
A: Thanks to the continued generosity of this community, your new ER will be equipped with the finest medical equipment and technologies available today. Additionally, the new ER has been designed with patient comfort and healing in mind. Individual treatment bays will improve infection control, reduce noise and increase patient privacy. There will also be plenty of natural light to create a calm, healing environment.
Q: What would you like to share with our donors about your team at CMH?
A: The new Emergency Department at Cambridge Memorial will benefit the whole community. If you or someone you love needs our help, we’ll be here. We are here to provide you with the very best in care that you have come to expect from your Emergency team 24/7, 365 days per year.
I can’t tell you how much I trust and respect this group of skilled, committed physicians and nurses. I would literally put my life in their hands without hesitation, as I would with any of the exceptional doctors and surgeons here at Cambridge Memorial.
It is a point of pride for all of us, who work at the hospital, and live in this community, that CMH patients rarely need to go elsewhere to access treatment or medical expertise, because world-class care is just down the street.
I hope you are as pleased as I am, about the new hospital we are building together.
Click here to make your donation to CMH and help purchase life-saving tools and equipment for our new Hospital wing.
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 4:35 PM
Tigercat Donates to CMH!
David Hoddel, Rob Pentesco and Kat King from Tigercat visited CMH to present their donation cheque for $1500 raised from Tigercat's annual hockey tournament held on April 22 at Cambridge Ice Park.
This is Tigercat’s tenth annual charitable hockey tournament, involving five hockey teams and 70 players, with proceeds directed to regional healthcare!
Thank you Tigercat!
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 2:05 PM
Thank you to the Doctors at CMH!
Happy Doctor’s Day to all of the hard working Ontario Doctors- especially the ones right here at CMH!
Every day, more than 335,000 patients across Ontario are treated and cared for by Doctors. Whether it’s in a hospital, a long-term care home, a clinic or at a patients home, Ontario Doctors are making a positive difference in the lives of patients by providing high-quality care!
Dr. Sharma, Dr.Green, Drs Ada & Mark Hindle, Dr. Geddes, Dr. Mathew, Dr. Rhee, Dr. Daly Ms. Doe, Dr. Chouinard, Dr. Chang, Dr. Eugenio, Dr. Rajguru, Dr. Miropolsky, Dr. Roth Albin, Dr. Maheshwari
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 10:21 AM
Successful Evening- Fashion for Life White Party
Fashion for Life, White Party for Breast Reconstruction.
A huge thank you to all those that attended the Fashion for Life White Party. What a fantastic event to support and raise funds right here at CMH.
Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or lumpectomy is a relatively new option for women in the Waterloo Region. Fashion for Life proceeds will help fund specialized operating room equipment, such as a microscope, tissue blood supply analyzer, specialized instruments and training for support staff.