General Express June 2014

Nursing Week celebrations included awarding the "Scrubbies" (click on pictures to enlarge)

What are the Scrubbies? It's a way of honouring fellow nurses for going above and beyond. Congratulations to all who won!

Scrubbie nomination form
There were six "song" categories to choose from when nominating a fellow nurse. Jennifer Longo was "scrubbie central" in organizing the awards. Lisa Dube was awarded "I Want to Hold Your Hand" for her commitment to mentoring. Teri Ellis was "Happy" for being an eternal optimist in her unit.
Apparently Laurie Inkol (left) "Moves like Jagger" by making difficult procedures look easy and Stephanie Baldwin has "Gotta Feeling" for have a sixth sense something might not be right with her patient. Janice DiReto "Loves Rock 'n Roll" which was awarded for thriving when the unit is at its busiest. A dynamic trio (l-r), Kat Gagnon - "I Want to Hold Your Hand," Tina Coogan - "Happy" and Sandi Harding - "I Love Rock 'n Roll." Brenda Pos (left) - "All Night Long" and Mary Fleming - "Moves Like Jagger"
Charity Black - "Happy" Stephanie Beatty - "I Gotta Feeling" Linda Field - "I Want to Hold Your Hand" Mary Axson - "Happy"
Kathryn Watson - "I Gotta Feeling" (l-r) Cathy Lapadat - "I Want to Hold Your Hand", Barb McFarlane - "I Gotta Feeling", Susanne Marriott, "I Love Rock and Roll", Dani Gazzola - "Happy" Brigitt Debssou - "Happy", Dianne Hawes - "I Want to Hold Your Hand" Laura Raftiss - "Moves Like Jagger"

 An "exemplary volunteer" at the Hospital

Earlier this year, one of our very own volunteers was honoured at the University of Guelph. Jenifer Huong was a recipient of the "Dr.William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Involvement Award."

Jenifer has just completed her third year of a Biomedical Science degree. She has volunteered with a variety of worthwhile causes including the VIDA Medical program, Project Serve Canada and a local breakfast program. She helped organize a campus-wide Random Act of Kindness Day with the Guelph Community Foundation and is a “Get Swabbed” volunteer where she helps recruit potential stem cell donors for the “One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Registry.” In her limited spare time, Jen has been a Big Brothers Big Sisters in-class mentor and is currently a member of the Leadership Group for the Guelph Community Well-being Initiative.

How is your mental health?

Earlier In 2012, the Healthy Hospital Human Resources Quality Team (HHHRQT) identified awareness and understanding of mental health challenges as an organizational priority at GGH. Since that time, the Mental Health Sub-Committee of the HHHRQT has coordinated numerous educational events and awareness campaigns and provided information and resources to promote mental health awareness. A panel discussion, whereby GGH staff shared personal stories of their own or a loved one’s experience and recovery from mental health issues, was a program highlight.

The Mental Health Sub-Committee has created a new way of providing information, resources and education through the development of the Mental Health webpage available on the GGH intranet. It can be found on the drop-down menu under the Healthy Hospital tab. On this page you will find resources, tools, supports and information related to Finding Help, Self-Assessments, GGH Learning Centre, Internet Links and Upcoming Events.

Staff, Physicians and Volunteers can draw from the resources on this intranet page for immediate or ongoing support and information.

On July 9 from noon - 1 p.m., there will be  an informative talk on Addictions and Older Adults in the GGH Auditorium plus a celebration of the launch of the Mental Health intranet page.

Some Hospital snap shots

Fifty years of our volunteers selling coffee at the Hospital was recently celebrated. Helping serve the servers were (l-r) Laura Hutchings, Director Volunteers and Diane Trento.
Kicking off this year's Nursing Week was a special presentation by an RNAO Board member celebrating GGH's designation as a "Best Practice Spotlight" organization. Some of those directly involved were: (l-r) Eileen Bain, VP Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive, Veronique Boscart, RNAO board member, Mary Beth Marcone, RN Family Birthing Unit, Melissa Skinner, Director Quality and Professional Practice and Margaret Sherratt, Lactation Consultation and project lead for Breastfeeding Best Practice Guidelines for Nurses.
Our Geriatric Emergency Management Team was recently nominated for a Service Awards for Geriatric Excellence (SAGE). Given out by the Regional Geriatric Program central and St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences SAGE is a unique program that celebrates the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations committed to providing the highest quality of care to older adults in our communities to ensure they can age with optimal health, independence and dignity.
GGH has numerous senior friendly activities and resources which were recently featured at a information fair in the auditorium where Senior Friendly Committee Chair, Janet Trowbridge, played host with other committee members Karen Rolland (left) and Christine Mance.

The Guelph Civic Museum (located beside Church of Our Lady) has a special exhibit until Sept. 28 - Hands and Hearts: The Women of the Guelph General Hospital’s School of Nursing
Hospital wins an environmental award
Replacing our cooling towers helped save energy and maintenance costs.

The Hospital recently won the Guelph Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence in the “Better Planet” Category. It recognizes a business that contributes to a holistic view of sustainability which combines considerations of the environmental, social, cultural and economic imperatives that are essential for a better planet. GGH was recognized for our Energy and Facility Renewal Program that identified (in partnership with Honeywell) strategies for conserving energy, while reducing utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Here’s what we’ve done:

  • Re-commission air handling units and controls, install zone dampers, and adjust air flow to match occupancy levelsExpand existing building automation system to Honeywell Enterprise
  • Lighting system upgrades to reduce energy consumption and provide better illumination
  • Install kitchen demand ventilation system
  • Install various variable frequency drives and high efficiency motors
  • Replace cooling tower and fluid cooler
  • Replace domestic hot water heater
  • Various water efficiency measures – dual flush handles on selected toilets, replace selected urinals, water moderators on faucets
  • Weather sealing to reduce drafts and lower heating and cooling losses
  • Install programmable thermostats in selected areas
  • Install sub-meters to measure electricity and steam consumption
  • Insulate piping, valves and steam to hot waterconverters
  • Re-commission existing building control system to allow better control of heating, cooling and ventilation systems

 Tour de Guelph is coming!!

Helping organize the first-ever Tour de Guelph are Foundation staff (l-r) Brendan Daley, Linda Craig and Ali Klaver.
What are you doing Sunday July 6? Why not come out to the first annual Tour de Guelph? Tour de Guelph is a new fundraiser for the Hospital and two local Rotary Clubs, a series of family friendly bike rides for all ages and abilities. Whether you’d prefer a 5k tour through the U of G Arboretum or a 100k ride along scenic country roads, we have something for you.

109 people have registered so far, and we’re hoping for 500. We’re also hoping riders will fundraise, using our easy online fundraising system. Great prizes for top fundraisers!

There is an entry fee, but snacks, drinks and lunch will be provided day-of. Routes are well planned with great signage and rest stops along the way.

For more information and registration, visit or contact the Foundation office at 6422.

We hope to see you on July 6 when the kickstand is lifted and Tour de Guelph takes off.

Jenny Griffin attaches a “Purchased through the generosity of our community” sticker to one of ten new anaesthetic gas machines. Donors supported the purchase of these machines at a cost of about $1 million. A heartfelt thank you to all the local volunteers who raise funds through the Poppy Donation Trust Fund. The Guelph Legion Poppy Trust Fund Committee donated $33,000 to the Hospital to purchase two medical beds, a pain pump and a vital signs monitor. What a remarkable gift.