Priorities

Left to Right: Dr. Michael Atherstone (Chief of Anesthesiology), Dr. Tom Woods (Orthopedic Surgeon) and Dr. Alex Blais (Anesthesiologist)

Great Care. Close to Home.

Throughout the year we work with healthcare leadership to identify priority projects for our community to support. We have highlighted some of our current projects in acute, long-term care and community. We would be pleased to provide additional information or discuss projects within specific departments or sites that are of interest to you. We can be reached at 250.331.5957 and look forward to working with you! Thank you.

Acute Care Priorities

$290,000

Where:
Comox Valley Hospital

Need:
The ENT StealthStation™ Surgical Navigation System is an essential piece of technology used for functional endoscopic sinus surgeries, endoscopic skull-based procedures, and lateral skull-based procedures. In a typical year, an ENT specialist at the Comox Valley Hospital would perform over 200 surgical procedures while also providing care for patients who have a variety of concerns, including hearing and balance challenges, allergies and sinus issues, and head and neck cancer. With this equipment the hospital will be able to recruit and retain a highly skilled ENT specialist whose use of this equipment will increase surgical treatment options and improve outcomes for sinus surgery patients in the Comox Valley and across the North Island.

$12,000

Where:
Hornby Island Medical Clinic

Need:
Your donation today will help us purchase an i-STAT for the Hornby Island Medical Clinic. The i-STAT System is a handheld, portable blood analyzer that uses single-use cartridges to deliver lab-quality results in just minutes. Currently, patients requiring this testing must be transferred to Victoria or Courtenay. Having access to this life-changing technology will help streamline blood analyzing processes, accelerate decision making, and promote local, patient-centered care on Hornby Island.

$10,000

Where:
Comox Valley Hospital

Need:
Bringing a baby into the world is emotional, exciting, and admittedly stressful for many new parents. Knowing that when they come to the Comox Valley Hospital, they are receiving top of the line care can help ease the minds of anxious parents knowing that their newborns are receiving the best possible care. Babies in the Comox Valley occasionally require stabilization prior to transport for higher levels of care if they become unwell or are at risk of becoming unwell in the first few hours or days after birth. Therefore, the Comox Valley Hospital is currently seeking funding for 16 perinatal staff to participate in ACoRN training – a program designed to teach a broad variety of skills focusing on stabilization and transport for newborns.

$2,000 & $12,000

Where:
Comox Valley Hospital

Need:
The Little Junior & Annie Resusci Anne QCPR AED AW torso manikin are used for training purposes for hospital staff, specifically focusing on Code Blue Response. These models are used for the administration of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and provide real-time (audio and video) feedback for best patient outcomes. These manikins also provide high flexibility due to the portable nature of the equipment, ease of use, and multi-functionality.

Supporting the purchase of these training tools will benefit the entire Comox Valley Hospital Clinical Nurse Educator team for use in critical care, emergency, peri-operative, medical units, surgical units, in-patient psychiatry, and maternity settings.

According to research, it is estimated that one life would be saved for each active mock Code Blue practiced per 100 beds per year. It is essential our staff have access to the Resusci Anne torso manikin and to training to improve code blue response and outcomes for survival rate when Comox Valley residents experience in-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest.

$10,000

Where:
Comox Valley Hospital

Need:
Code Blue is a hospital emergency code used to describe the critical status of a patient, including cardiac arrest, respiratory issues, or another advanced medical emergencies. When a Code Blue is called, a team of healthcare workers respond in a rapid, yet organized manner. Improvements in response times during cardiac arrest increase survival rates and fewer long-term complications.

According to research, it is estimated that one life would be saved for each active mock Code Blue practiced per 100 beds per year. It is essential our staff have access to the Resusci Anne torso manikin and to training to improve code blue response and outcomes for survival rate when Comox Valley residents experience in-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest.

$115,000

Where:
Comox Valley Hospital

Need:
Over the past 10 years, the field of ureteroscopy has undergone major advances. With a digital ureteroscope, doctors are able to detect life-threatening urological conditions earlier and treat them with greater accuracy. Early detection and treatment directly affects patient outcomes. This tool is used for many conditions, including Upper Tract Urothelial Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Kidney tumours and especially problematic kidney stones.

$10,500

Where:
Comox Valley Hospital

Need:
The BiliSoft™ LED Phototherapy System is the next generation LED and fiber optic based technology for treatment of indirect hyperbilirubinemia in newborns. Currently, newborns who require treatment for jaundice are placed in an incubator with overhead phototherapy. With the BiliSoft™ System, double phototherapy treatment can be given with overhead lights and the biliblanket underneath the newborn which allows parents to hold their newborn, while the baby is receiving treatment from the biliblanket. This leads to increased skin-to-skin time, overall increasing the health of the infant.

This enhanced care will decrease the length of hospital stays, lower anxiety for parents caused by the physical separation, and increase quality of care for the infant. Every month, 3 to 4 infants require phototherapy at the Comox Valley Hospital, with stays averaging 2 to 4 days to ensure continuous treatment. This new equipment will provide life-saving treatment to more than 40 infants each year.

$30,000

Where:
Comox Valley Hospital

Need:
There is a growing prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders among children and youth in British Columbia. Seventy percent of mental health problems begin in childhood/adolescence, with suicide being the leading cause of death for thirteen to eighteen year olds.

By the end of 2021, almost 190 children and youth will have come to our Emergency needing care for mental health/substance use.

Our hospital has an incredibly dedicated, skilled healthcare team. This training has provided them with the ability to respond to and care for an intense variety of needs.

To ensure that emergency staff are equipped to provide the best possible care for this increasing need among our community’s youth, this fund will enable Emergency staff to take tailored training in areas such as:

Suicide Response to build understanding of how to support people who have thoughts of suicide.

Trauma Informed Practice to increase understanding of the prevalence and impact of trauma in the lives of the people requiring care.

As well as training in courses such as Addictions, Family Engagement, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Harm Reduction, Legislation around Mental Health, and Withdrawal Management.

Long-Term Care Priorities

$10,500

Where:
Cumberland Lodge

Need:
Everyone enjoys being wrapped in a warm blanket and having the feelings of comfort which are very calming and reassuring and it transcends to even residents who can no longer communicate with staff. Seniors often have cool feet and hands, even when dressed in warm clothing and socks, a heated blanket can help make them more comfortable and enable resident to participate more in the activities on site, or allow them to fall asleep easier.

Warmed blankets also help lessen discomfort from many things like contractures, arthritis or muscle stiffness and the general aches and pains of a long life, as well as helping to help make blood draws easier and more comfortable.

$150,000

Where:
The Views at St. Joseph’s

Need:
Under the leadership of Providence Living, on the former St. Joseph’s General Hospital site a new 156-bed long-term care home will be built focused on leading edge dementia care. It has been designed to support a philosophy of care that promotes freedom of movement, safe access to the outdoors, and interactions with the community. Residents will be able to bake, look after pets, tend to garden areas, work in the General Store, join art and music therapy programs, and much more!

The project is anticipated to complete in 3 years’ time. All resident spaces in the new build will replace those currently at The Views.

While the majority of residents in long-term care homes (approximately 70%) live with dementia, the unique design features of Providence Living Place, Together by the Sea will support residents with physical frailty, medical conditions and other needs.

For more information on aspects of this vision that your donation can support. Please contact the Foundation office at 250.331.5957.

$240,000 over 4 years

Where:
The Views at St. Joseph’s

Need:
Before the rebuild of The Views is completed, a transformation will have been underway for some time within the walls of The Views at St. Joseph’s, reflecting a shift to a social model of care. This social model of care and living, encompasses relationship based care where staff and residents become friends and neighbours, creating a culture where families, children, pets and visitors become part of the fabric of each community.

This Transformation of Care project is critical in creating the knowledge and culture so that the staff are ready when the new building opens. This four year culture change program will provide training for all staff, physicians and volunteers at The Views. Taking a multiyear approach will assure that the care philosophy and practice becomes fully embedded and culture change is sustained. Donations will help fund a Trainer/Coordinator position to oversee and deliver training in support of this care transformation.

$31,500

Where:
Cumberland Lodge

Need:
“Your visits are the highlight of my week!”, “Oh, I love this! I wish you could come every day!”… these are just a few words from the residents of Cumberland Lodge when speaking about the music therapy program. Your donation would help ensure the continuation of this important program by providing community support to residents, family, and caregivers. The program has demonstrated successful outcomes such as reduced agitation and irritability for residents with moderate to advanced Alzheimer disease, and has enhanced resident’s verbal skills during one-to-one and group sessions. Your donation to this program will help create relaxation for residents with anxious behaviours and clinical depression through the power of music.

$28,000

Where:
The Views

Need:
The lifts at The Views are aging and need to be replaced. These lifts ensure the best quality of care for seniors residing at The Views as many of them rely on using ceiling lifts every day to get in and out of bed, something that many of us take for granted. These lifts enable transfer of residents safely, with dignity, and provide a significant source of relief to patients who suffer pain due to being highly sensitive to movements. Although these lifts are going into the current facility, rest assured, all lifts purchased will be relocated to the new building so your generous gift now will provide maximum benefit for years to come.

Community Healthcare Services

$20,000

Where:
Community Healthcare Services, Island Health

Need:

The Transitional Accommodation Fund is a new fund for Community Healthcare Services in support of vulnerable people in our community, such as the elderly, individuals with mobility limitations, or people with mental health challenges, who require healthcare support in their homes. Creating care plans for these individuals requires a home visit by a healthcare worker and sometimes staff discover a house is no longer safe for a patient to live in. This fund will help with deep cleaning, accessibility renovations, or repairs that are necessary to re-establish a safe home for the patient so they can receive care in the comfort of their own home. This fund will also provide temporary accommodation when a patient is ready for discharge from the hospital but cannot return home because modification is in process, or because they live on one of the surrounding Islands or in another remote location and need to remain close to the hospital for out-patient care. Donations to this fund provide a huge sense of relief for patients in knowing they have help with house modifications, a temporary place to stay, and eventually the comfort of their own home. The fund also provides peace-of-mind for healthcare workers who provide at-home care and can reduce the duration of hospital stays, freeing up hospital resources.