Priorities

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

When you give… it changes everything!

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. Thank you!

Acute Care Priorities

ENT StealthStation™ Surgical Navigation System
$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.

Orthopaedic Arthroscopy Biters
$77,000

Where:
Comox Valley Hospital

Need:
The Orthopaedic Department’s current Arthroscopy Biters are aging and need replacement. These biters are used in procedures such as hand, hip, knee, shoulder, and other small joint procedures and are coming to the end of their life expectancy. Your donation will aid in reducing wait times for people requiring orthopaedic surgery now, and in the future.

i-STAT
$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.

ACoRN Neonatal Resuscitation Stabilization Training
$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.

MamaRoo Baby Swings (2 required)
$1,000

Where:
Comox Valley Hospital

Need:
Your donation will provide comfort to many newborns at the Comox Valley Hospital. The MamaRoo infant seat mimics the motion of parents comforting their babies by bouncing up and down and swaying side to side at different speeds and variations. The MamaRoo will be used frequently in the maternity department of the Comox Valley. As well, regionally, Island Health has rolled out education for all care providers for the “Eat, Sleep, Console” program for substance exposed newborns. A significant aspect of this new process is consoling newborns during periods of withdrawal and the MamaRoo is recommended to assist with this.

Long-Term Care Priorities

Renovations at Glacier View Lodge
$150,000

Where:
Glacier View Lodge

Need:
Glacier View Lodge is the Comox Valley’s longest operating long term care home, inspired by the vision of the Women’s Institute of Northern Vancouver Island. Your donation will support updating the main living room, including replacement of well used furniture, ensuring a warm and welcoming home-like atmosphere for all residents. In addition to the current updates, as part of their commitment to the community, Glacier View Lodge is exploring a vision and development plan for the 42 acres of land adjoining the current Lodge.

Music Therapy
$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.

Lifts
$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.

Blanket Warmer
$10,500

Where:
Cumberland Lodge

Need:
The warm embrace of a blanket brings feelings of comfort and joy. Did you know that warm blankets have many positive effects to patients receiving care? They are known to increase patient comfort by reducing anxiety, reducing shivering which can decrease the need to take repeated readings, and can lead to faster recovery time post-op. Your donation can help us purchase a blanket warmer for Cumberland Lodge to ensure that cozy blankets are ready at a moment’s notice for residents in need.

Community Healthcare Services

We are presently assessing Community Care Priorities and will publish a list once confirmed. Please be sure to check our current acute and long-term care priorities to see if there is an alternative area of interest at this time.