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2023 – Lab Chemistry Analyzer

Lab tests are an essential tool in helping healthcare providers understand what is happening in your body. The information gathered can help confirm the cause of health concerns or rule out potential concerns.

The chemistry analyzer is considered the workhorse of the laboratory. Almost every patient that has a lab test performed has benefitted from the technology of the analyzer. It is used daily – 24/7. Results from the chemistry analyzer are critical in diagnosing and monitoring many conditions including, diabetes, heart attacks, liver disease, kidney disease, sepsis and many more.

Beyond the standard analyzer, adding the Medtox analyzer function provides drug testing to conduct screening for a wide range of substances including cannabinoids, cocaine, oxycodone, methamphetamine and opiates. This device is useful in the emergency department to provide physicians with information that can aid the treatment of patients in crisis.

The laboratory at the Wingham & District Hospital cannot function with the chemistry analyzer. Your health depends heavily on accurate, timely results from lab tests. Upgrading the lab equipment will allow our hospital to continue providing the best care possible.

Ongoing Needs

The need for new, up to date medical equipment and improvements to the Hospital never ends. Everyone at the Hospital is constantly striving to improve the patient experience. Having the most up to date and innovative equipment and facilities directly improves the quality of healthcare that patients receive. The Foundation also provides financial support annually to the Wingham & Area Health Professionals Recruitment Committee to help bring quality physicians to our Hospital.

Thanks to the generosity of the community, the WDH Foundation is proud to have funded more than $10 million in medical equipment and facility upgrades at the Wingham & District Hospital. Donors like you have the power to keep this legacy going. By making a gift to the WDH Foundation you are providing our caregivers with the tools they need to serve the community.

Gifts made to the WDH Foundation go directly towards high priority needs. Some of the essential items that are required in the 2023-2024 year include:

  • Blanket and fluid warmer
  • Endoscope reprocessor
  • Ultraslim scope
  • Glidescope
  • Scope Cabinet
  • 2 vital signs monitors – inpatient
  • 2 vital signs monitors – oncology
  • Wound vacuum
  • 2 DI trophons
  • Hi-Lo Bed with mattress
  • Overbed tables
  • …and more

Total funding need 2023-2024 = $542,900

Foundation News

Leaving a Legacy – Ian & Peggy Moreland Bequeath over $270,000 to Support the Wingham & District Hospital

The Wingham & District Hospital Foundation is grateful to announce the receipt of a bequest in the amount of $273,000 from the Estate of Ian and Peggy Moreland.

Ian and Peggy moved from Scotland to Toronto in the 1950s so Ian could lend his engineering expertise to Canada’s famed military jet, the Avro Arrow. When the government abandoned the project, the Morelands chose to stay in Canada. They ended up in Wingham when Ian was hired to work at the Western Foundry (Wescast).

Ian and Peggy quickly made themselves at home in Wingham. They jumped into community life joining many activities among which golf and curling were their favourites. Their love of the Wingham community extended beyond recreation. Ian was civic minded and served as Wingham’s mayor from 1988 to 1994. As mayor, he contributed to the creation of the walking trail including the conversion of the rail bridge into a walking bridge and the establishment of the airport.

Peggy passed away in 2011 followed by Ian in 2012, yet the Morelands’ dedication to Wingham carries on through their generous bequest to benefit the hospital. Their gift will go towards putting up to date medical technology in the hands of skilled local caregivers and improving the hospital facility.

Estate gifts, like that made by the Morelands, are vitally important to safeguarding high quality local healthcare for future generations. The memory of the Ian and Peggy Moreland will live on in their treasured hometown through their thoughtful generosity.

Ian & Peggy Moreland

Catch Up on Past WDH Foundation News

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Winter 2023 Newsletter

Spring 2023 Newsletter