New model of care introduced in Family Birthing Unit
In the photos right, Dr. Kate Miller is seen completing a newborn assessment in the Family Birthing Unit on one of Guelph’s brand new babies. Dr. Miller is one of a group of family physicians who have come together to form the Well Newborn Care Group (WNCG) who are now overseeing the care for well newborns. Until now, this care was provided by our Hospitalists group who are now passing on the baton to the WNCG. We want to take this opportunity to thank the Hospitalist Group for their dedication and care of the well newborn population in our community. This change will allow the Hospitalists more time to focus on the adult population admitted to our hospital. We’re pretty sure though that they will occasionally miss what is arguably the healthiest inpatient population (and the only one where snuggles are appropriate care).
A big thank-you goes out to Dr. Kate Miller for her leadership in developing the new well newborn coverage model!
Building repairs wrapping up
Before and After (click photo to enlarge)
|Before and After (click photo to enlarge)|
New microscope helps eye surgeons see more clearly
Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and are the principal cause of blindness in the world. Locally, Guelph General Hospital performs over 1,600 cataract surgeries a year. With the addition of a new state-of-the-art microscope thanks to a donation from the Lions Club of Guelph, ophthalmologists now have the best possible clarity while they operate on a patient’s eyes.
The donation was a natural fit for the local Lions Club according to President Jim Sanders. This year, Lions throughout the world are celebrating 100 years of community service. “In 1925 Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind”. Since then, we have done just that,” he says. “The Lions Club of Guelph as its centenary project is proud to once again support the Guelph General Hospital’s ongoing provision of medical eye care to residents of Guelph and surrounding area.
”It’s a big step forwards says Guelph ophthalmologist, Dr. Robert Johnson. “This new microscope offers our ophthalmic surgeons the optimal visualization so they can operate with the highest precision during surgery,” he says. “It drastically improves our visual field, optics, and illumination providing outstanding image quality throughout each step of the procedure.”
The new microscope is a great example of how community support can improve the high quality care the Hospital is able to provide explains Suzanne Bone, CEO of the Foundation of Guelph General Hospital. “The vision of thousands of local community members will benefit thanks to the vision of the Lions Club of Guelph. Their generousity is so very much appreciated.”
It was a full house (see below) for our first Paediatric Grand Rounds held in March. Dr. D. McGuffin spoke about Neonatal Group B streptococcus Infection. Those attending included all Paediatricians, several midwives from both practices, Family Practitioners and many nurses from both Family birthing and Special Care Nursery.
The second Paediatric Grand Rounds will be held Tuesday, April 25 at 0815 in FBU 6084. Dr. K. Taseen will speak about Respiratory Distress in the Newborn. For those unable to attend, Paediatric Grand Rounds are digitally recorded. Dr. McGuffin’s presentation can be viewed on YouTube here.
Living our Strategic Directions - Provide the safest and highest quality care
Every issue there'll be an article about one of the initiatives either underway or completed that are supporting our four new Strategic Directions. As a reminder, they are:
- Provide the safest and highest quality care
- Support our exceptional team
- Create a coordinated, high quality system of care with our partners
- Sustain our financial health
Engaging a variety of stakeholders to help design a new Special Care Nursery
Plans are afoot to redesign and renovate our Special Care Nursery (SCN). In order to best meet the needs of those who work there and those who get care there, the Hospital has been reaching out for input.
For example, on April 10 GGH hosted a Design Lab to articulate the vision and priorities for an improved SCN. Key stakeholders participated including frontline staff (both from GGH as well as other hospitals), GGH Foundation representatives and parents whose children have received care in the SCN. Together, the group addressed real patient and family experiences, current challenges for staff and families and identified goals for the renovation.
This Design Lab strengthened the existing vision and made a case for particular elements of the renovation. It also supports the progress of architectural plans and the Foundation’s communication and fundraising objectives. A special thank you to Terry Billings, Ashley Frank and Amy Wright for participating!!
For those who would still like to provide input to the design, there’s an online survey. The deadline for submissions is the end of April.
GGH Snapshots (click on photo to enlarge)
Helping save the planet while saving money too
In 2012, GGH teamed up with Honeywell and the Energy Services Team at Guelph Hydro to develop an Energy and Facility Renewal Program for the Hospital. Improvements were made with help from the financial incentives provided through the Provincial Save on Energy program. Nine projects were completed including the cooling tower replacement, lighting upgrades, ventilation improvements and the installation of high efficiency motors.
Since then, an audit of power usages has shown that GGH is saving an impressive 1.4 million kilowatt hours per year! That’s roughly equal to removing 146 average-sized homes from the grid.
Recently, representatives from Guelph Hydro Electric Systems delivered an incentive cheque for $209,450 to support the initiatives. “Partnerships like this are so rewarding,” said Marianne Walker, President and CEO. “We have such talent in this community and when we collaborate like this we can make GGH and the City a healthier and more sustainable place to live and work.”
Our Ethics Committee would like to take this opportunity to remind staff about the newly created resource page on our Intranet under the Administrative tab. On the page you'll find GGH’s Ethics Framework, the IDEA Decision-Making Tool and a Decision-Making Worksheet.
Members of the committee are (l-r); Gail Johnson, Jodie Brown-Bedford, Amelia Mathany, Janice MacDonald (Co-Chair), Laura Hutchings (Co-Chair), Rod Carroll, Anne Hougham, Julija Kelecevic (Regional Ethicist) and Lisa Bellon.
Absent that day were; Betty Slack, Deb Robinson, Eloise Umpleby, Robin Hiskett and Shannon Rolph.
A privacy breach can have far-reaching consequences, including a heavy personal fine. In Ontario, a social work student was recently fined $25,000 for looking into records of patients where she was not involved with their care. This case has sent a clear message for all Ontarians that intentional privacy breaches will not be tolerated, and a substantial financial penalty is a real possibility.
You are always welcome to contact Valerie Anderson, our Chief Privacy Officer, for any privacy questions at ext 2273.
Black Tie Bingo continues its long-standing tradition of raising lots of money for the Hospital
There is something truly special about Black Tie Bingo, The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital’s premier fundraising event.
Most events have a 10-year life cycle before they need to be reinvented or replaced, but each and every year over its 21 years, Black Tie Bingo has experienced an ever increasing demand for tickets and continues to set new fundraising records.
As the 21st Annual Black Tie Bingo was wrapping up, Suzanne Bone, The Foundation’s CEO, had announced over Twitter that the event had raised $257,000, but after some more number crunching, Suzanne was pleased to announce a correction that the event raised just over of $259,000!
This year all 430 tickets “sold out” within days of the Save the Date announcement, before tickets were even printed and on sale, and at its peak, there were 70 people on the waiting list. In addition, there were close to 250 sponsors and prize donors, and almost 100 volunteers who contributed to the success of the event
By far, the most inspiring part of the night was when $84,500 was raised in just minutes during the live auction through bids towards the “Fund A Need” auction lot – setting yet another Black Tie Bingo record.
Another highlight was when Linda Craig, Senior Development Officer at the Foundation, was honoured for 15 years as the behind the scenes driver of Black Tie Bingo. Suzanne Bone recognized Linda for her commitment to ensuring every detail is carefully thought through and executed with perfection, and for inspiring such a committed volunteer following. The crowd responded with a standing ovation.
All funds raised through this year’s event will allow Guelph General to replace one of its almost obsolete portable X-ray machines as well as replace 11 decade-old defibrillators/ monitors. But, because of their advanced technology they will do far more than replace their predecessors, they will improve patient care at the Hospital.
The new X-ray unit will allow superior image quality, not only for the diagnostic image, but also with Real-Time images that the technologist can use to ensure that the best image is taken the first time.
The new defibrillators/ monitors have many new features that drastically improve resuscitation success rates. The most significant improvement is that the machines provide immediate feedback on CPR ensuring it is performed optimally.
So what is it that draws people back year of year and continues to attract new interest in this event?
Doug MacMillan of The Letter M Marketing who has been donating creative services since 2006, believes that “it is because the event is in some way reinvented every year with a fresh and relevant theme.” It is also one of Guelph’s only black tie events.
Or maybe because it brings together our community for a very special and important purpose.
Over its 21 years, Black Tie Bingo has raised over $3 million for the Hospital, funding many vital pieces of patient care equipment, and ultimately helping to improve the quality of care that our Hospital is able to provide to its community.