WDH Foundation Events & News
Saturday, October 13, 2018
The Great Hospital Race
Grab a teammate and a smile! We’re gearing up for our sixth annual Great Hospital Race! Race on foot around Wingham completing fun, sporty, messy and silly challenges. No previous knowledge of the Wingham area is required. Racers of all ages are welcome. This event will go rain, shine or snow! A great time for a great cause! Check in at 9am, Race at 10am. Starting location will be revealed to registered participants. *Children 12 years old and young must partner with an adult.
Sign up TODAY! Print or register online.
October 20, 2018
The CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon
Get ready to listen and pledge! Eight local hospital foundations and CKNX will get together to host a unique all-day fundraiser at the CKNX Radio Station building in Wingham, Ontario. All you have to do is listen, pick up your phone and call to donate to the WDH Foundation. Stay tuned! For up to date information, click on this link to go the CKNX website.
Hospital Community Events
Girls’ Night Out – hosted by Deborah MacDonald
May 5, 2018
This evening of fun will benefit palliative care at the Wingham & District Hospital. Tickets are $55 each. 5:30 p.m. Doors open, cash bar. Mix and Mingle. 6:30 p.m. Gala Dinner served buffet style. Followed by a keynote address by respected sexuality researcher Dr. Robin Milhausen, fashions, games, silent auction and music. Information and tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/girls-night-out-tickets-43353267791 Reserved seting is recommended. Tables available for groups of 6 or 8. For reservations email Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit FB @Girl’sNightOut
Doctor Recruitment Cash Draw
$800 in prizes! Draw date June 2018. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Hosted by Physician Recruitment. For more information, contact Jan McKague-Weishar at 519-357-3711 x5294 or email@example.com.
Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Wingham Healthcare Campus (former Public School on John Street). Hosted by the Auxiliary to WDH. For information, contact Trudy Thompson at 519-357-2349 or Verna Steffler at 519-357-1184.
Current Funding Priorities
3D Scope Pilot Navigation System for Operating Room
- A digital imaging system that creates a 3D visual of the bowel to better navigate a scope
- Uses magnetic technology to track the scope
- Requires 2 parts: the scope with pilot technology compatibility, the scope pilot tracking system which includes the imaging device and a monitor on which the image is viewed
- Ideal for colonoscopy of difficult bowels
- 60% of surgical procedures at the Wingham & District Hospital last year were colonoscopies
- The Scope Pilot system supports optimal navigation for an efficient, safe and comfortable procedure
- It improves patient compliance and satisfactions
- The technology has been widely used in Europe but is newly approved in Canada. The Wingham & District Hospital would be one of the first in Ontario to have this cutting edge technology.
2016 – 2020
Major Hospital Redevelopment – Renovation, expansion and equipment upgrades for 6 departments:
- Specialists Clinic
- Oncology & Pharmacy IN PROGRESS
- Inpatient Floor / Nursing IN PROGRESS
- Surgical Suite
- Sterilization Department
- Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Replacement DONE!
CLINIC AT ROYAL OAKS HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTRE
Community members were welcomed to the new medical clinic at the Royal Oaks Health & Wellness Centre in June. All physicians and staff are now settled into the new clinic space. The clinic is fully operational.
ONCOLOGY & PHARMACY
Work continues on the demolition of the former business offices, terrace room and physio gym in preparation for the construction of the new Oncology and Pharmacy departments. This includes additional supportive structural work. It is anticipated that the new areas will be completed early in the new year. A bright new waiting area is now open on the first floor. This area had previously been under construction. As part of the plan to create better access to patient services on the main floor this waiting room was created to provide a comfortable space for rehab, speech therapy and social work patients.
ADMINISTRATIVE AREA RENOVATION
The former medical clinic space in the basement of the Hospital is in the progress of being renovated into much needed meeting space. As part of the effort to improve access to patient services on the first floor the administrative and meeting spaces that formerly occupied the first floor were displaced. If tasks remain on schedule, staff could possibly be moving in to their new offices in early October.
Honouring a Lifetime of Service:
Gord Baxter to Retire from Role as Volunteer Treasurer of the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation
After 42 years of loyal involvement Gord Baxter, the long-time treasurer of the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation, is set to retire from the Board of Directors on June 19th. Gord has given thousands of hours of volunteer time and helped raise over $7 million in support of the Wingham & District Hospital.
Gord began his journey with the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation as an employee working in the Hospital’s finance department. The Foundation came into existence in 1976 as an arms-length account held by the hospital. It was originally created to hold “extra-billing” funds which the provincial government then allowed individual hospitals to retain and manage.
The Foundation began to look more like the organization it is today in 1986. At that time, a change to provincial legislation altered the management of “extra-billing” funds and required Hospitals and Foundations to be separate entities. Gord was then Director of Finance. He, along with Hospital Chair, Norman Hayes, worried they might lose Foundation funds because of the provincial changes. To protect the funds, they decided to federally incorporate the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation.
Gord continued to work closely with the Foundation over the next 32 years raising funds for medical equipment and upgrades for the Hospital. For the majority of that time he served as Treasurer. Gord has been through many milestones with the Foundation: The fundraising efforts for a new ER in the mid-1980s, hiring the first staff person, helping establish the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon, the Our Hospital, Our Future campaign, and has been generally invaluable in raising over $7 million for the Hospital.
Throughout his years of service Gord has worked with many Hospital and Foundation staff and volunteers and community members. A few have words to share on the occasion of his well-deserved retirement from the Foundation:
Gord’s dedication to supporting the Hospital’s need for up to date equipment and facilities has never wavered. His financial expertise, wealth of knowledge and ongoing advocacy has been instrumental in developing the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation into the well-managed, financially stable, committed organization it is today. Volunteers like Gord are as valuable as they are rare. Our local hospital would not be the same today without his contributions. While he is leaving some very large shoes to fill, and will be greatly missed, he is being sent into his retirement with nothing but the most heartfelt thanks.
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