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Community money supports regional hospital

Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre health services director Norah Doucet explains the hospital’s new bladder monitor to Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary members Vicki Daley, Bob Janes and Betty Duizer-Logan. The auxiliary purchased the monitor for the hospital with proceeds from the Highland Fling and the gift and coffee shops at the hospital.
Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre health services director Norah Doucet explains the hospital’s new bladder monitor to Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary members Vicki Daley, Bob Janes and Betty Duizer-Logan. The auxiliary purchased the monitor for the hospital with proceeds from the Highland Fling and the gift and coffee shops at the hospital.

AMHERST, N.S. – Each year the community provides thousands of dollars to purchase new equipment for the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.

It’s not very often they get to see what that equipment looks like…unless, of course, they become a patient.

It’s not very often they get to see what that equipment looks like…unless, of course, they become a patient.

“Each year we get a list of needed medical equipment and we do our best to raise the money to buy it through the Highland Fling and the hospital gift shop and coffee shop,” health care auxiliary convenor Vicki Daley said. “It’s really nice to see that equipment up close and know the volunteers of Cumberland County raised the money to make it possible.”

Using money from last year’s Highland Fling as well as proceeds from the gift and coffee shops, the auxiliary was able to purchase a bladder monitor for the emergency department.

The monitor replaces one that had come to the end of its life cycle.

“With this piece of equipment we’re able to monitor the amount of urine in the bladder versus putting in a catheter,” Norah Doucet, the hospital’s director of health services, said. “There’s much less risk of infection by using the monitor and it’s much more convenient and less invasive for the patient.”

While the monitor was designated for the emergency department, Doucet said it has been used throughout the hospital.

“It’s amazing how that 35 cents for Fling admission or the money for a coffee at the coffee shop translates into equipment that you don’t normally see, but is used everyday throughout this hospital,” Daley said. “We purchase this equipment for the patients, but it’s also for the staff so they can have the best equipment possible to help those they are treating in our hospital.”

Improving health care outcomes is also a priority for the Cumberland Health Care Foundation that used 2015 Light the Way Money to purchase cardiac-related equipment. With money raised during the Christmas campaign, the foundation purchased a pair of defibrillators, two dual chamber external pulse generators and a cardiac SAO2 blood pressure monitor.

“The defibrillators replace two pieces of equipment that were no longer serviceable and the three temporary pacemakers were at the end of their service,” Doucet said.

She said the new defibrillators have some new features, including an indication how effective CPR is. “In the old days when we were training in CPR we used dummies that would spit out a piece of paper to let us know if the compressions were deep enough. This is as simple as sticking a pad on the patient and it tells us on the monitor.”

Foundation managing director Gwen Kerr said it feels good to see the equipment.

“When we see the equipment that our donors purchased arrive we have a great sense of renewed gratitude,” Kerr said. “If it weren’t for the support of our community, our hospital wouldn’t be as well equipped and up to date as it is. The professional staff here understand and are so appreciative that patients, families and the community as a whole want to give them the best tools possible for their work.”

Each year the foundation works with the hospital and the health authority to identify what the greatest needs are.

Proceeds from the 2016 Light the Way campaign will be used to purchase a wander management system for Alzheimer’s patients and a portable X-ray.

The campaign raised approximately $103,000. Kerr said additional equipment will be ordered.

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Cumberland Health Care Foundation development co-ordinator Tammy Allen and managing director Gwen Kerr check out cardiac equipment purchased by last year’s Light the Way Campaign with Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre health services director Norah Doucet.

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