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Current Funding Priorities

2021 – Scope Improvement Plan

  • In last 2 years we have made significant investment into scope equipment and accessories for the operating room (OR), including a scope pilot control computer to ensure patient care is significantly improved and to meet evolving technological needs of clinicians
  • Our goal is to replace 14 outdated scopes with 11 new scopes that are outfitted with EndoPro IQ technology
  • The 11 scopes are made up of 5 colonoscopes, 4 gastroscopes and 2 pediatric (for children)
  • EndoPro IQ technology allows for improved image management and procedural reporting, simplifies data collection and removes the need to print pictures
  • Replacing all 11 scopes immediately instead of repairing and replacing over the next five years will results in significant savings for the hospital
  • While this is a significant expense the new technology will have immediate benefit for our patients and clinicians, will support the growth of the surgical program and respects the generosity of our community and donors by pursuing the most cost effective option available

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 $9 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 2021-22 year include:

  • 5 colonoscopes
  • 4 gastroscopes
  • 2 pediatric scopes
  • Automed medication packaging device for pharmacy
  • Omnicell medication dispensing unit
  • Palliative care space renovation
  • X-Ray Department Refresh

Total equipment needs 2021-2022 = $771,400

Medication Management Technology (Automed & Omnicell)

  • Automated medication packaging and dispensing technology is key equipment used by the Pharmacy.
  • Unit dose packaging enhances safety with barcode scanning at all steps of the process to ensure the right medication is chosen and delivered every time.
  • Each medication has a barcode that is scanned when administering to patients as a control measure
  • Each department has an automatic dispensing cabinet that houses medication in a controlled manner.
  • The cabinets and their software ensure centralized data management, inventory management, usage statistics, diversion safeguards, and point-of-care automation all to ensure safety and compliance.

X-Ray Department Refresh

Right now our hospital needs to complete some renovations to the x-ray department. X-ray is an important part of the diagnostic process and is a busy area of our hospital. Upgrades to the department will bring it up to current standards, improve safety and provide a better patient experience.

  • New surfaces for improved infection control practices.
  • Aesthetic improvements to make the space more appealing and provide greater comfort for patients – lights, paint, finishes, etc.
  • Improved privacy – reconfiguration, curtain tracks, bathroom renovations.
  • Upgrades to meet future safety standards – fire safety, sprinkler system.
  • The X-Ray department will remain operational during the renovations and concerted effort will be put forth to minimize disruption to patients.
  • Internal labour will be used as much as possible to keep costs reasonable.

Foundation News

Joe Kerr Limited Donates $15,000 to Hospital to Honour Employees & Families

Presenting the donation for Joe Kerr Limited are Stuart Montgomery, John Thomson and Ray Wright.
Joe Kerr Limited is making a donation of $15,000 to go towards a full complement of new scopes for the Operating Room at the Wingham & District Hospital.

This donation is being made on behalf of the families of Joe Kerr Limited. Presenting the donation are long serving employees John Thomson who has been with Joe Kerr Limited for 60 years, Ray Wright 50 years and Stuart Montgomery 29 years.

Owner Andrew Kerr says, “Our employees are essential to our business success just as the hospital is for community. Making this donation is our way to acknowledge our employees and give back”.

This gift towards equipment for the OR at WDH will help support the active surgical program that is available locally. Everyone at the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation is grateful to Murray and Andrew Kerr and their team at Joe Kerr Limited for their ongoing generosity. Support from businesses and families, like the Kerrs, plays an important role in the continued availability of high quality close to home healthcare.

Leslie Motors Donates $10,000 to Wingham Hospital

Cole and Zach Leslie recently presented a donation of $10,000 to the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation on behalf of Leslie Motors Ford.

Regarding the donation Cole Leslie said: “We are beyond grateful to continue our support of the many incredible organizations and foundations that take care of our communities all year long”.
In addition to this donation which will benefit new medication dispensing technology and X-Ray department renovations in Wingham, the Leslies are also making contribution to their other local hospital foundations as well as fire departments and food banks.

The Wingham & District Hospital Foundation is immensely grateful to everyone at Leslie Motors for their ongoing generosity.

Cole & Zach Leslie donating $10,000 to Wingham & District Hospital Foundation.

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Winter 2021 Newsletter

Spring 2021 Newsletter