The year 2016 started with the goal to finish the campaign to raise funds for the new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) monitoring equipment, specifically a new state-of-the-art central monitoring system and eight telemetry units for the ICU in the regional hospital in Yorkton.
This equipment is expensive with a cost of $421,000, but considering how vital the equipment is, and how many people will use it, it can be seen to be necessary.
The ICU in the regional hospital cares for the most critically ill patients, who are often in life-threatening situations and require the most intensive level of care. Often it is a struggle for the doctors and nurses to keep a patient alive.
The central monitoring system and the telemetry units that have been used by the ICU are old and at the end of their life. They need to be replaced because they are breaking down. Two of the telemetry units have broken down and are not repairable.
Technology has made significant advances in the last 10 years and the new equipment will do a better job. At least 1,200 people use the ICU in the regional hospital every year. The better the equipment monitoring and accessing patient conditions the better the chance of a successful outcome for patients. This new equipment will help to save lives.
This campaign is now finished and the equipment has been ordered. It requires re-wiring and renovations to implement, so will be installed and in use by the end of 2017.
We raised money for the following items or projects IN 2015:
In addition, The Health Foundation continues to run the Farming for Health Project which raises funds we set aside for the new regional hospital. In 2015 we raised net revenue of $170,058 which was placed in the new regional hospital fund.
The Health Foundation had a goal of raising $1,000,000 in 2014. These funds are for medical equipment and for the new Regional Hospital. We raised funds for the following medical equipment:
•Bedside Monitors - $108,750
•Primary Care Telehealth Suite - $50,850
•Resident Bus for Yorkton & District Nursing Home - $104,500
•Facilities outside of Yorkton - $105,000
•Minor Equipment for Chemotherapy, Lab, Palliative Care and Surgery - $81,000
•Education Awards - $25,000
•We also plan to raise $500,000 toward the new Regional Hospital
Bedside Monitor Campaign
This is a new technology used in many hospitals throughout North America. The use of these new monitors assists communication and
understanding of a medical condition by the patient and their family. This system helps integrate education into he patient/doctor
discussion by providing a simple way to share a patient's health information.
Using the monitors, doctors can access the latest information for the patient, including nursing assessment, laboratory x-ray department scan and test results. Patient records for the last six years are available using the monitors. This information will be available to the physican when they are talking to the patient at the bedside. The doctor can review those test results with the patient and the patient's family, if that is the patients' wish. Medication will be ordered and verified using this information system.
Doctors will enter their notes and directions for patient care on the monitors at the bedside. Nurses will enter their nursing assessment into the systems as well; the charting of medications prescribed and when they are given to the patient will happen at the bedside. This information will be seen by all nurses and doctors that attend the patient.
The Health Foundation has agreed to share the cost of the purchase of these monitors with the government and the health region. We
have agreed to raise the funds to pay for 25 of the 86 bedside monitors needed. We are asking community organizations, businesses and individuals to make a donation and to help us raise the funds we need. The monitors cost $4350; our commitment to 25 monitors is
Patient Use of Monitors
When medical staff are not using the monitors, patients can use them to watch TV, access the internet or use them for email.
We raised $150,000 for a STARS heli-pad. This program has been delayed; we will either build the heli-pad in the coming year or the
funds will be used to put a heli-pad on the roof of the new regional hospital.
New upgraded haematology (blood) analyzer – The lab in the regional hospital will run over 32,000 tests annually on this machine. This machine is new technology and provides better information and allows our technologists and doctors to do tests they couldn’t before. This machine helps diagnose cancers, blood disorders and nutritional deficiencies, and provides a complete blood count for almost every patient getting blood work;
New Cardiac Stress Test equipment –This equipment consists of a treadmill and computer equipment and programming. Various cardiac conditions can be diagnosed with this equipment.
We spent another $225,667 for smaller pieces of equipment, Items like vital signs monitors, telehealth monitors for the heart and stroke clinic, $31,000 in new surgical equipment, and items for ICU and palliative care.
We also spent about $100,000 in the facilities outside of Yorkton as we do every year. Many people think we only raise funds for the hospital in Yorkton, but we raise funds for every facility in Sunrise Health Region. This year we bought items from a blood gas analyzer in Langenburg, and a medication cart and a ceiling track system in Esterhazy, to a blanket warmer and chemotherapy fridge in Melville.
We also awarded $26,500 in education scholarships. We assist nurses and therapists to improve their clinical care skills so they can look after patients to the best of their ability.
We also raised $500,000 toward the new Regional Hospital. This is part of a program demonstrating to the government that there is
a very broad base of support in our region for a new regional hospital.
Ultrasound Machine cost $230,000 which includes renovations. We agreed to raise the funds and buy this equipment as the government and
Sunrise agreed to hire another Ultrasound technician. This way an additional 2,500 ultrasound exams will be done a year and the wait time to get an exam will be reduced.
We spent $170,000 on smaller items like fetal monitors, new equipment and minor renovations for an expanded chemotherapy program,
monitors for the ICU and equipment for the lab at the regional hospital.
We spent about $100,000 in the facilities outside of Yorkton, as we do every year. $22,000 was spent on Education Scholarships and awards, as we do every year.
New equipment for the surgical program cost $250,000. We bought several key pieces of equipment required for surgery, including an
anesthetic machine, a ligasure device, and equipment for cataract surgery.
This program did two main things: first, we agreed to raise the funds to buy an anesthetic machine if the government would also buy
one. That allowed us to upgrade and get rid of an older anesthetic machine. Having new and current equipment makes a better work
environment for our doctors and nurses. Second, the equipment for cataract surgery allowed Sunrise to perform an additional 400 cataract surgeries in the year. This brings wait times for surgery down. We raise the funds to purchase the equipment and the government pays for the extra staff time and the procedures.
Patient Controlled Pain (PCA) Management Pumps (a new service) cost $38,000. In addition to better pain management for the patient, the PCA pumps help nurses by giving them the tools they need to give the patients the best care possible. PCA is used for post-operative
pain management, and for end-stage cancer patients.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (a new service) cost $25,000. This program is designed for individuals who have had a heart attack or are
living with heart disease. The program is a supervised exercise program. Participants are assessed, and an exercise program is tailored specifically to their needs. Before we started this program patients were referred to Regina or Saskatoon.
The Health Foundation purchased exercise equipment, cardiac monitors and defibrillation equipment and also purchased equipment to
evaluate patients before they start the program.
We finished the Stroke Rehabilitation program (a new service) at a cost of $30,000.
Upgrade of Dialysis Program cost $31,000 for new Dialysis Chairs and additional minor equipment We raised $31,000 and were able to
access $15,000 in provincial money to complete the upgrade.
Lymphodema Vests (a new service) cost $8,500. Radiation therapy often destroys lymph glands and that can cause fluid to build up, which needs to be drained. Before we bought this equipment many breast cancer survivors needed to go to Regina two or three times a week for the treatment.
Education and Scholarships totalled $25,000 for over 30 awards.
Conceptual Plan was $212,000. We raised the funds to pay for a conceptual plan for a new regional hospital. This was the government
required first step in moving forward with planning for a new regional hospital.
In 2009 Sunrise Health Region was selected by the provincial government to undertake a provincial pilot project that will save lives and prevent disability for many people who suffer a stroke. The province provided the funds to set up a stroke prevention clinic and for new staff; mainly nurses and physiotherapists. The Health Foundation raised the funds to purchase the diagnostic equipment needed for this project, as well as the rehabilitative equipment the therapists needed to work with patients that have had a stroke.
The Health Foundation upgraded the CT Scan to a 16-slice machine from a 10-slice. In addition, we bought the brain perfusion software
module for our CT so our radiologists can conduct brain scans to assist determining the cause of a stroke.
The Health Foundation raised the funds to purchase an echocardiogram machine, an arrhythmia monitoring system. We needed this equipment as cardiovascular disease is a huge issue in our health region; we have a notably senior population and the risk of heart attack and stroke increases dramatically with age. However, heart disease is treatable and manageable, and this equipment improves our doctor’s ability to diagnose and treat heart conditions.
In addition, The Health Foundation assisted the purchase of cardiac monitoring and defibrillation equipment for the four ambulances serving the areas around the communities of Ituna, Melville, Esterhazy and Langenburg. Raising the funds for this equipment was a joint effort between the four communities and The Health Foundation.