What are the Scrubbies? It's a way of honouring fellow nurses for going above and beyond. Congratulations to all who won!
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|
|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 water converters
- Re-commission existing building control system to allow better control of heating, cooling and ventilation systems
Tour de Guelph is coming!!
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 www.tourdeguelph.ca 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.