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Jurjen’s Great Cross Canada Bike Tour 2023

May 27, 2023 – August 2023

Jurjen Weerman of Lucknow, ON will be embarking on an 8,700km bike ride from Jordan River, BC to Saint John’s, NL to raise money for our hospital. Please consider making a donation to support Jurjen’s ride today.

Here is more information about Jurjen and his Bike Tour in his own words:

“I am 57 years old and was born in the Netherlands. After 12 years as an electrical mechanical engineer for the Royal Dutch Navy, I immigrated to Canada in 2001. I landed in Belgrave, ON to work at Euro-Parts Canada where I have been for 21 years now.

In 2020, I picked up a long forgotten hobby – cycling – and began preparing for this tour. Complications from COVID made it challenging to get all the equipment needed for such a big journey. Now all the equipment is together and training is underway. To train, I cycle the 60km round trip from Lucknow to Belgrave most days and have also gradually completed bigger and bigger challenges over the past few months, including: 158kms round trip from Lucknow to Seaforth, a two-day 300km round trip ride to Guelph, and a five day 680km trip to Peterborough and back.

I am excited to begin the cross country tour on May 27th along with my friends Arthur and Rick from Victoria, BC. If all goes well, we will complete the 8,700km ride at Saint John’s, NL in August. The encouragement and support of all those who make a generous pledge to our local hospital will certainly motivate me along the way.

I also have the support of my wonderful wife Aletta our two children and grandson. I will do my best to keep them – and you – up to date with photos and stories on my website https://www.strava.com/athletes/82176554 and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS0ZRVyvwJ9uV_87Be-jyAA

Thank you so much for your support of my big adventure and our local hospital. I hope together we can do a lot of good.

Current Funding Priorities

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

Your Donations at Work: WDH Foundation Provides $478,440 for Equipment and Projects at Wingham & District Hospital

Thanks to the generosity of our community, the WDH Foundation was able to support the purchase of $478,440 in equipment and facility upgrades from the Wingham & District Hospital. These funds represent the donations made in the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

Some of the equipment and projects that were supported include: an IV Pump Full Fleet Upgrade, Cardiac Monitor Upgrades, Med Carts and Workstation on Wheels, In-Patient Phones and TVs, a refresh of the staff change room, an AED for ER, as well as financial support for the Wingham & Area Health Professionals Recruitment Committee.

These funds were raised through bequests, grants, the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon, other fundraisers, memorial and general donations to the Foundation.

Thank you to everyone who made a gift to the Foundation in the past year. The commitment of donors helps put vital medical tools in the hands of our dedicated caregivers. Donations made to the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation mean the entire community benefits from high quality healthcare close to home.

WDHF Executive Director Nicole Duquette, LWHA Director Penny Mulvey, WDHF Vice-Chair Dayna Deans, WDHF Treasurer Peg Lockrdige, LWHA Board Chair Doug Miller, LWHA CEO Karl Ellis

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