WDH Foundation Events & News
Upcoming Events

October 17, 2020

The CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon

GOAL: $62,000 for Lab Equipment (Blood & urine analyzers) – LEARN MORE 

Get ready to listen and pledge! Listen live at AM920 and www.cknx.ca all day or tune in on at the top of each hour on 101.7 The One and 94.5 Classic Rock. Ten local hospital foundations and CKNX will broadcast a unique all-day fundraiser from 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. Full information at the the CKNX website

Race Logo 2020 virtual

October 3, 2020

The Great Hospital Race VIRTUAL

The Great Hospital Race is going VIRTUAL for 2020!

The health of our community – including you – has always been our focus at the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation. As such, we must meet this unusual moment as responsibly as possible and continue to prioritize health.  That is why we’re transitioning the 8th annual Great Hospital Race to a virtual event this year.

Some things are the same:

5 all new challenges – puzzles, scavenger hunts, goofy and messy tasks to complete with your team as you race against other teams to finish all five first.

It’s a race with PRIZES! There are still cash prizes for teams that finish the race quickly and community gift cards for the best fundraising teams.

For a great cause – the race has always support vital medical equipment for our hospital and this year is no different. Your participation will help us raise funds for improved testing devices for our lab.

Some things will be different:

The whole race will be online (Zoom) – no running

Your team can include as many people from your household and/or social circle as you like

Registration will be by free-will donation. All donations will receive a tax-deductible receipt and donations over $50 will be eligible for a race t-shirt.

What you need:

A computer, laptop of tablet with video conferencing capability (Zoom)
A reliable internet connection
A camera (phone camera is best)
Common household items

Hope to see you virtually on October 3rd!

Current Funding Priorities

Lab Equipment

Blood Analyzer Machine

  • Compact machine that is utilized on a daily basis.
  • For coagulation tests. These tests are important for patients so that physicians can order blood thinning medications accurately and know that they are also working effectively.
  • These tests aid physicians in diagnosis of blood clotting abnormalities in patients.
  • We process over 3,200 coagulation tests per year.
  • Current machine is over 10 years old.
  • New model offers the new features that better ensure the quality of the blood sample and the quality of the results.

Urinalysis machine

  • Used on a daily basis by lab and nursing staff
  • Offers a point of care testing for nursing staff
  • Provides immediate preliminary results on a urine sample to see if there are signs of infection
  • Used to perform pregnancy testing
  • Needed for 2,300 tests yearly

Specimen Refrigerator

  • Replaces a non-lab grade specimen fridge from the 90’s
  • Used daily to safely store samples that need to be sent out for testing
  • New refrigeration will be of lab grade and will be connected to alarm system to ensure no samples become unfit and require a redraw from a patient

Electrosurgical Generator (ie. Cauterizing Machine)

An electrosurgical generator, also known as a cautery device, uses high-frequency electrical current to cut tissue and control bleeding by causing coagulation. Electrical current is delivered and received through cables and electrodes.

  • Cautery is used in both scope procedures and open procedures to control bleeding
  • Must be available for all procedures
  • New electrosurgical generator unit can attach to various other surgical tools, such as scopes, to be used concurrently
  • 2,200 – approximate number of surgical procedures performed annually at the Wingham & District Hospital
  • Types of surgeries assisted by electrosurgical generator:
    • Colonoscopy
    • Gastroscopy
    • Appendectomy
    • Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
    • Hernia repair
Progress Report
Major renovations to 6 key departments at the Wingham & District Hospital are progressing well. Several of the department expansions and improvements are completed and are now welcoming patients. Large portions of the renovations and the full cost of equipment has been funded through community donations to the Foundation. Your generosity is hard at work. Thank you.
Oncology Clinic

The newly expanded Oncology department is now located just inside the main entrance for easy access for patients. It has grown from six treatment areas in its previous location to nine. It is a much more spacious and patient-friendly space.


The pharmacy department, which prepares chemotherapy drugs and dispenses medication for patients using hospital services, has been moved directly adjacent to the Oncology clinic and has been built with a pass through window to make for fast, simple and safe transportation of chemotherapy.

Team Station

Located on the second floor in-patient unit the team nursing station is the command centre for patient care. The new and improved space combined four smaller nursing station into one central team station. This allowed for more space on the floor for monitored beds and improves work flow and communication for the entire medical care and support services team.

Digital Imaging Equipment

Part of the major updates to the hospital was upgrading some of the equipment in the Digital Imaging (DI) department. DI includes x-ray, fluoroscopy and ultrasound. New Fluoroscopy equipment, ultrasound and a portable x-ray machine have all been recently upgraded. These important equipment purchases were made entirely possible through community donations to the Foundation.

While a lot had been accomplished and there is much to be proud of there is still more to come.

Still in progress:
Specialists Outpatient Clinic

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New TVs for Oncology Unit

Thanks to the generosity and advocacy of donors and community members we now have 4 brand new TVs in the Oncology department. Patient experience is so important and we’re happy to have played a role in improving the cancer care experience here in Wingham.

Special thanks to Christine’s Clothes Closet, Fire Department of North Huron, Libro Credit Union, donors to the Ange Chester Memorial Fund and all those who have supported the Oncology department. You helped make this possible.

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