"Giving is the secret to a healthy life."
- John D. Rockefeller
Thirty years ago, a group of community members came together to establish the Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation, a charitable organization whose mission was to take a leadership role in raising funds to continually enhance patient care at the Colchester Regional Hospital. Since its founding, the Foundation, now the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation, has funded more than $40,000,000 in equipment and patient care enhancements, including your current hospital. Because of generous donors like you.
While the mission of the Foundation has remained unchanged over the last 30 years, much has changed in the medical field. New techniques, equipment and instruments have changed approaches to everything, including surgical procedures. When I was 30 years younger, surgeries were performed with a doctor present to manually make an incision on the patient or perform an “open” surgical procedure. Today, minimally invasive surgeries, which enable doctors to make much smaller incisions and guide laparoscopic tools equipped with cameras in surgical procedures, make it possible for patients to experience less pain and, in most cases, a speedier recovery.
In today's operating room, the majority of the equipment used are electrosurgical tools, which use electrical energy to make incisions or cauterize wounds. Each tool is powered by an electrosurgical unit, which is, essentially, a generator that provides power for the tools being used. The surgical department at the CEHHC currently needs two new electrosurgical units, and the Foundation needs your help to fund this vital equipment.
Electrosurgical procedures are the most common surgical procedures performed in our hospital. "We do well over 1,500 surgical scopes in a year," said Amanda Billard, Interim Health Services Manager – Perioperative Services. "We perform a wide variety of surgical procedures, and a lot of what we do involves tools needing an electrical source."
The surgical department is also in need of a Holmium YAG Laser - a tool predominantly used in urology cases, which uses laser technology to blast kidney and bladder stones that are too difficult to pass. The laser vibrates the stone, breaking it into smaller pieces, which are then able to pass naturally. Your hospital is the regional urology centre for the Northern Zone so, ensuring our surgical team has the proper equipment, is critical. "We cannot lose these services because of failed equipment, we wouldn't be serving the population should that happen," Amanda said. "I'm passionate about perioperative services and providing them here in our community, and ensuring that they remain available in our community.
A new surgical table is also needed to ensure patient comfort during procedures. Newer tables offer additional comfort options or attachments, including adjustable arm boards, which are essential especially when patients have varying body types. What might be fine for a 30-year-old male patient may not be comfortable for a 70-year-old female patient. Adjustability helps ensure that both patients are as comfortable as possible.
With your support, the Foundation will provide funding to replace these pieces of equipment, enhance patient care and, most importantly, to help ensure that quality care is available for you and your family, friends and neighbors here at home. Should appeal donations exceed the funding needed for the items noted, or if equipment priorities change, your gift will be used to fund other priority equipment or patient care enhancements for your health centre.
Please join me in supporting the funding of these vital pieces of equipment by making your gift today.
Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation
P.S. I want to thank you for the role you've played in ensuring that our hospital foundation has been able to offer funding support for critical health care improvements to our hospital for the last 30 years. That's why your hospital foundation remains committed to offering financial support to ensure that's possible for the next 30 years and beyond. Your generous financial support makes that possible. By making a gift you can help your hospital foundation fund critical equipment for our health centre. Without you, our hospital would find it more challenging to provide the level of care we all deserve and our teams are trained to provide. You play an important role in health care in our community. Thank you for being there for your health centre in the past, and we hope you can help in the future.