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“The Foundation plays a vital role to the hospital, fundraising makes it possible to afford equipment and building improvements.”

Vickie Baird

New OR Table for WLMH features real-time x-ray imaging

Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2019 |

New, technologically advanced operating room equipment is coming to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) - a C-shaped x-ray arm (C-arm) that provides real-time imaging during surgery and the accompanying specialized OR Table.

“Purchase of the table will benefit the community by enabling more general surgery cases to be done at WLMH,” said Dr. Danielle Charbonneau, WLMH anaesthetist, emergency room physician and WLMH Foundation board member. “We sincerely appreciate the community’s continued support of the Foundation’s fundraising priorities for WLMH.”

The C-arm can be moved horizontally, vertically and around the swivel axes, so that X-ray images of the patient can be produced from different angles during surgery. This enables surgeons to view high resolution images of bones or use fluoroscopy, which is an X-ray video that detects motion. With fluoroscopy, dye can be injected during surgery to sharpen visualization of internal structures.

“The C-arm and fluoroscopy operating room table will enable surgeons to more accurately and quickly monitor the progress of the surgery, and modify in real-time, if required,” said Dr.Stephen Kelly, Interim Surgeon in Chief, Hamilton Health Sciences.

For example, this new OR equipment will be used for general surgery cases, in particular, minimally invasive gallbladder surgery, which is also known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy. During this procedure, the C-arm technology will enable surgeons to accurately view gallbladder bile ducts for problems such as stones. 

The new equipment can be used for other types of surgery as well, including orthopedic, gynecology and plastic surgery. The operating table and C-arm comes at a cost of approximately $310,000. 

Both the C-arm and the operating room table will be part of the equipment plan for the new hospital.


Posted on Thursday, December 12th, 2019 |

Plans are underway to bring computed tomography (CT) to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH). The technology will help diagnose patients  quicker, including those in the emergency room,  and decrease the need for transportation to other sites.

A CT is a donut-shaped machine that produces a series of detailed images of organs, bones and blood vessels. Those images are stacked like slices of a loaf of bread, which enables radiologists to view the entire area two-dimensionally. The technology is instrumental in diagnosing issues including stroke, acute chest and abdominal emergencies, which are seen frequently in the emergency department.

“CT has evolved considerably over the last fifteen years. Then, we may have needed three or four CTs per day, but today, that need has doubled,” said Dr. Troy Johnson, Emergency Medicine physician and Emergency Department site-lead WLMH.

Currently, if a patient visiting the emergency department needs a CT, the team needs to arrange transportation to another site so they can receive the scan. For safety, a nurse will often have to travel with the patient and stay with them until their scan is complete, which may take anywhere from two to five hours.

“Taking one nurse away from the emergency department puts a strain on the emergency staff at WLMH and may increase delays for other patients in the emergency room as a result,” said Dr. Johnson.

“I can’t emphasize how happy the emergency team is to know that our site will have a CT. It will have such an impact of our nurses, emergency doctors and most importantly, on the community we serve.”

It is anticipated that the new CT at WLMH will be able to handle up to 90 percent of the emergency department’s needs. In some cases, patients may still need to be transported to another site for more involved scans as well as to see a specialist for diagnosis or treatment following CT.

The CT will also be used for outpatient, elective scans. The total number of annual scans projected for the WLMH CT is just under 6,000 scans.

The HHS leadership team and diagnostic imaging are working to finalize details required to purchase this technology to ensure it meets the needs of the community. Timelines will depend on the final vendor as well as timing for the required construction.

The WLMH Foundation governing board and staff have committed to working with the community to fund this much needed technology. 

The CT equipment would be moved into our rebuilt WLMH.

As we approach a new year filled with hope and happiness, please join us by investing in a healthy community. Please support the WLMH Foundation Trees of Healthy Wishes campaign.

2019 Quality Awards

Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2019 |

West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Quality Awards acknowledge an individual, team or volunteer that goes above and beyond to make WLMH a better place for patients, families and each other.

This year’s recipients are:

Customer Service Focus Award – Mark Michener from the Engineering Department:

His nominators said:

• Mark understands that ALL departments play a role in ensuring an excellent patient experience. Although the maintenance team may not be at the front lines, he knows they have an impact on patient experience.
• Mark is compassionate and caring in his interactions with co-workers, patients and families and he is an active supporter of site and Foundation activities.
• Mark is keenly aware and sensitive to ensuring the environment is safe for all.

Excellent/Best Practice in Patient Safety – Michelle Ganzevoort, Educator

Her nominators said:

• Michelle is patient and staff-focused in everything she does. She genuinely cares about the learning needs of staff and creates a safe, productive environment where it is acceptable to be vulnerable. 

• Michelle prides herself in supporting staff to improve teamwork, cohesiveness and help deliver the best experience for our community

• She is passionate about keeping informed of new and improved best practices and sharing these with the teams she supports.

Teamwork Award – Dr. Mat Noble-Wohlgemut, Department: Medical Site Lead

His nominators said:

• Dr. Noble-Wohlgemut began the role of Medical Site lead during a very tumultuous period. He quickly demonstrated his commitment to moving the team forward through his words and actions and by valuing the team spirit at WLMH.  
• When dealing with challenging situations, Dr. Noble-Wohlgemut always seeks to understand the issue first as opposed to jumping to conclusions or interventions.  He offers alternatives and challenges people in their thinking in a way that is respectful of the individual.
• Dr. Noble-Wohlgemut is respectful of all members of the team. He recognizes and values the educational background and clinical expertise everyone brings. He welcomes and considers input from all team members.

Congratulations to Mark, Michelle and Dr. Noble-Wohlgemut and a special thank you to all of the other nominees for their outstanding contributions to our patients and each other: Kelly Gardner, Diagnostic Imaging/Emergency Department A3 team, B ward Team, Emergency Department Nurses, and Terri Makin.


A Star is Born / Damon / November 20, 2019 / 7lbs 10oz

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 |

Meet the newest A Star is Born Damon

National Philanthropy Day - Infinite Possibilities

Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2019 |

On November 14, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation (WLMHF) had the great honour of celebrating our community and those who continually take responsibility and turn possibilities into reality for our West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.  

“National Philanthropy Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving, all that has been accomplished and all that is still possible,” said Kevin Antonides, Chair, WLMHF Governing Board.

Each year the Foundation recognizes individuals and businesses whose cumulative gifts have reached new levels over the past year, or who have been newly added to the Hall of Honour.

As part of the celebration, recognition was paid to 12 constituents who moved to a new level on the Hall of Honour:  four new Founders, three new Patrons, one new Benefactor, and four new Leaders. 

The keynote speaker of the evening was Joe Roberts, The Skidrow CEO who, 25 years ago was pushing a shopping cart in Vancouver’s downtown eastside as a homeless drug addict.  He maximized his second chance in life to create extraordinary business success.  His story was one of perseverance, determination and the resiliency of the human spirit.  He is a living testament to the idea that ‘anything is possible.’

The celebration also included bursaries presented to the top fundraising schools who participated in the Peachbud School Challenge: Covenant Christian School and Grimsby Secondary School.  The Dream team top fundraisers, Dr. Danielle Charbonneau and Dr. ChuChu Nwebube were recognized.  Appreciation was extended to the Foundation’s Governing Board Director who completed her tenure as President, Alice Klamer. 

Greetings were brought to the audience on behalf of hospital by Cindy MacDonald, WLMH Director of Community Programs, and on behalf of the Medical Staff by Dr. ChuChu Nwebube, Site Lead for Obstetrics and Gynecology at WLMH and Director of WLMH Foundation Governing Board.

Each year the Foundation recognizes three constituents who support our hospital and the greater good of our community.  This year, the awards were presented to:

Youth Philanthropists of the Year: Haylee Karklins-White

Haylee feels that all is possible in life, you just have to adapt yourself to your current situation to achieve your anticipated results.  Involved in many sports including tennis, badminton, curling and karate.  She holds a part time job while studying at Grimsby Secondary School and volunteers at her high school and in the community. 
This young lady’s possibility thinking is making a difference in our world. 

Community Organization Philanthropist of the Year: Cairn Christian School

The students at Cairn Christian School have proven that their possibilities are endless.  Located in the rural town of West Lincoln, this school inspires their 245 students to love, learn and lead together in God’s world. 
Fundraising for our hospital and advocating for the importance of WLMH in our community, even writing letters to our Provincial Government, these students have come to feel a sense of ownership over the future of our Hospital. 

Individual Philanthropist of the Year: Larry Thornley

Larry visualizes the impossible and then turns it into possible.  He states that possible is far greater than what we can see at first glance. 
Larry shares his time, energy, wisdom and finances as these are all given to be used wisely and to bring joy to yourself and the world around you. 
Supporting the hospital is very important to him as he feels it is the backbone piece of our community and everyone needs access to this very essential care. 

Hospital Family Philanthropist of the Year: Dr. Jon Ginsburg

It was lucky for our community that Dr. Jon Ginsburg found his way to our little hospital in Grimsby all the way from South Africa.    Throughout his career he has been insturmental in many key roles advocating for our hospital, stating that it is his firm belief that the hospital remain an integral part of our community.  He feels that living and raising his family in Grimsby has been the best experience.  He will continue to advocate and support WLMH which he believes is an icon. 

“It is important that we not let our thoughts limit our possibilities.  We have seen many examples in those honoured at National Philanthropy Day who have made a difference in our world by imagining the impossible.  We are grateful to everyone who supports a healthy future at WLMH by Investing in Life,” further stated Kevin Antonides, Chair, WLMHF.


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