Trees of Caring- a letter from Lisa Short, Executive Director CMHF
Dear Community Member,
When I see the Trees of Caring this holiday season, I won’t just be thinking how the lights make Cambridge Memorial Hospital look more festive.
I’ll also be thinking about how all those lights are buying equipment for our new hospital. The donations lighting up those strings will help buy the medical tools and technology that will help families, friends, and neighbours in our community… people like my Mom.
I’ll think about the equipment Mom’s doctor used in the routine colonoscopy that found cancer in her colon. The diagnostic machines that found another mass on her kidney, and the sophisticated tools her surgeons used during two minimally invasive surgeries a few winters ago.
You probably know that laparoscopic surgery needs much smaller incisions than traditional operations. Surgeons insert a slender tube, containing a tiny camera and surgical instruments, through cuts that are usually no more than a half-inch long.
Minimally invasive surgery allowed Mom to heal faster and get back to the business of being a Grandma. Today her helping hands support the busy lives of many family members. We’ve continued to make great memories with Mom, and I know we’ll feel extra grateful that she will be part of our Christmas morning ritual once again.
As a daughter, I’m grateful to you for supporting Cambridge Memorial Hospital this year. As the Executive Director of our hospital’s Foundation, I’m grateful that you helped to give our doctors and other medical staff the tools they need to take excellent care of our loved ones.
I’m sure you know that the hospital relies 100% on community donations to pay for the life-saving equipment in Emergency, the operating rooms, the diagnostic bays, and on the units. I’m asking you, in honour of those you love, to make a special year-end donation to the Trees of Caring Campaign.
Since joining the Foundation a year ago, I’ve been humbled and inspired by generous people like you who understand that investing in our hospital is the cornerstone of a strong community. We are so lucky to have passionate staff at Cambridge Memorial who are dedicated to saving and improving lives, every day of the year.
They are present for many of our big moments in life. The births and deaths, the sudden traumas and routine surgeries, the life-threatening events. These dedicated professionals hold our hands during the first hellos, and the last goodbyes, and everything in between.
In turn, we need to make sure they have the tools and technology they need to provide excellent care to our families.
As you know, we have a brand new hospital wing to fill with equipment. Everything from bedpans to surgical tools, heart monitors to infant warmers. It will take a sustained commitment from all of us to make that happen.
I know that many in our community have been frustrated by the delays in opening the new wing at Cambridge Memorial, including our staff. But we are determined to accept nothing less than the best, safest facilities for our community.
In the meantime, staff continue to rise above the outdated facilities in the hospital to provide high quality care. As the Chief of Emergency said to me, “If we’re able to do great things in the facilities we have now, just imagine what we’ll be able to do in the new space!”
That exciting potential is about to be unleashed in the coming months when staff and patients finally begin to occupy the new wing. Our medical staff are eager to be able to provide expanded services. Patients are eager for more privacy. Demand is already high for the additional patient beds, most of them in single rooms.
I hope you’re as excited as I am about this new era of patient care at Cambridge Memorial, and ready to continue your commitment to our hospital with a year-end gift to the Trees of Caring Campaign today.
I also hope you know that every donation counts. Rest assured that your gift will go straight to the highest equipment priorities for your hospital. Together, donors can take pride in the community hospital that we are building together!
Thank you again for your wonderful support for Cambridge Memorial.
P.S. As I sit writing to you now, the Trees of Caring are ablaze with community spirit. And as we close out 2018, I’m hoping I can appeal to your spirit of generosity once again. Every donation you make to Cambridge Memorial’s Trees of Caring Campaign represents new equipment that will save and improve the lives of our loved ones, neighbours, coworkers and friends. Please send your year-end donation today!