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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

Golf Classic Raises Over $41,700 for WLMH

Posted on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 |

The 2017 West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Classic was a resounding success raising some $41,700 for WLMH.  Held at Twenty Valley Golf and Country Club on June 5, over 100 golfers enjoyed a full course Par 72 scramble format with draws and contests including four hole-in-one prize opportunities. 

A special thank you to our Tournament Sponsor Yorkville Asset Management and our Platinum Sponsors Sherwin Williams and Janco Steel Ltd.

Funds raised by the Foundation are used for medical equipment that can be implemented in the existing West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and can be transferred to a new facility.
The proceeds of the 2017 Golf Classic assist with the funding of the Colposcopy Project.  The Colposcopy Project includes the purchase of a Colposcope, a Chair and a V40100D with endocut at an estimated overall cost of $84,000.

Don Snively, Treasurer of the WLMH Foundation Governing Board states, “The dedicated support of the sponsors, volunteers and participants are what make this golf tournament a continued success each year.  It is a privilege to work with our generous community through this event to achieve the goal of strengthening healthcare in our community for today and tomorrow.” 

Royal Canadian Legion Cheque Presentation

Posted on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 |

The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation presented the WLMH Foundation with a grant of $6,722 for new wheelchairs for the Emergency Department at WLMH. 
A special thank you to the Royal Canadian Legion for helping to ensure that the staff have the tools they need to care for the patients of our community who rely on the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital each year.

Annual Charity Golf Classic in Support of West Lincoln Memorial Hospital

Posted on Monday, March 6th, 2017 |

West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation announces its annual Golf Classic benefiting West Lincoln Memorial Hospital to be held on Monday, June 5, 2017 at Twenty Valley Golf and Country Club.

The tournament offers a full course Par 72 scramble format game with many opportunities for golfers to win draws and contests including four hole-in-one prizes.  Golfers will enjoy lunch, a complimentary driving range, putting contest, and a complimentary wine and food pairing station on the course.  The day concludes with a dinner social and auction. 
The WLMH Foundation invites the community to partner with Tournament Sponsor Yorkville Asset Management and Platinum Sponsors Orchardview Guardian Pharmacy and Sherwin Williams in this event; many sponsorships levels are available. 

Golf registration is $250 including an on-course package which entitles participation in all activities at the tournament. 
The funds raised from this event are used for the much needed medical equipment at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.  One of the top priorities at our hospital is the Pharmacy Project which is a system that will improve efficiency and safety of medication distribution to patients throughout the hospital. 

Larry Kent, Chair of the WLMH Foundation Golf Committee, states “A big thank you to all who have historically sponsored this signature event.  Community support is much appreciated and we look forward to another great year.  Together we can make a difference, join us for a great day of community participation while benefitting our local healthcare.”

To register a foursome or sponsor the event click here.  

Recognizing quality and safety at WLMH

Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 |

West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) recently presented its annual Quality Awards, an event that celebrates the team’s commitment to high quality care and service.

“The continual pursuit of quality improvement and best practice is at the heart of our hospital’s mandate, and it’s something our staff live up to each and every day,” said Rebecca Repa, Vice President, Clinical Support Services and Community Surgery for Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS).  “While these awards recognize the special achievement of a few individuals, they really are representative of the high calibre of care and treatment provided by our entire team of staff, physicians and volunteers, and their dedication to our patients and the community.”

Heather Coleman, operating room nurse and Judy Caswell, labour and delivery nurse,  were recognized with the Teamwork Award for spearheading an important quality initiative to create a ‘code pink’ cart which contains vital equipment for the emergency treatment of  babies with unstable vital signs, loss of consciousness or responsiveness, or loss of airway control.
“We are a low risk centre and one cannot imagine that our infants might require resuscitation. It doesn’t happen often, but there are emergency situations that unfold where a baby requires resuscitation and those incidents are cause for reflection.  Part of the reflective process was evaluation of our code pink carts and supplies,” said Heather.
With the support of leadership, Heather and Judy volunteered to create a code pink cart for the operating room that mirrors the code pink cart in the labour and delivery unit, to ensure consistency across the units.  As the plan moved forward, it morphed into a more comprehensive project with the support of Doris Franklin, registered respiratory therapist (see profile below), clinical educators, midwives and counterparts at McMaster University Medical Centre site of Hamilton Health Sciences. 
As a result of this exceptional  teamwork and dedication to patient safety, WLMH has standardized code pink carts that are supplied in a logical and effective sequence, renewed code pink educational practices, and effective processes for restocking and checking equipment.
‘By identifying a need and moving forward with projects like Code Pink, we are being accountable to our patients and families by providing excellent care,” said Heather.
Audra McMaster, site administrative assistant, received the customer service focus award for her professionalism, resourcefulness and willingness to go above and beyond to help staff and visitors to the site.  Audra’s nominators referred to the ‘excellent customer service that she delivers every day.’
Now in her tenth year of service at WLMH, Audra was also commended for her positivity and participation in extracurricular staff events that foster spirit and pride in the site, and community events that support the hospital’s fundraising initiatives.
“I’m part of a community here at West Lincoln and I’m always here to help. If I don’t have the answer right away, I’ll get it. That’s my motto,” said Audra. 
Doris Franklin, a registered respiratory therapist (RRT), received a quality award for excellence and best practice in patient safety. Doris’ specialized expertise involves caring for patients of all ages by evaluating, treating, and maintaining cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) function to keep people breathing.
“The patients that I take care of are my biggest motivators of all.  To see a baby struggling to take its first breath and knowing that I can help so that they can survive, or helping a child with asthma so they can participate in their favorite sport by helping them manage their symptoms; or empowering an adult to have a better quality of life by managing their chronic respiratory illness; or ensuring people facing end of life are breathing comfortably -- it’s the greatest feeling to help people do what is meaningful to them,” said Doris.
As the only RRT for West Lincoln, a key part of Doris’ role is to mentor staff and physicians to ensure that safe, best practice for respiratory care is followed at all times, regardless of whether Doris is present.
“Working daily with staff at West Lincoln Memorial hospital and other Hamilton Health Sciences sites is not only rewarding but also educational as we all learn from each other while collaborating on the best care for the patient,” added Doris.

This holiday season, please support West Lincoln Memorial Hospital’s Trees of Healthy Wishes campaign to support our hospital’s needs and the great tradition of patient care in our community. To make a donation by phone or for more information, please call 905.945.WLMH (9564) or visit

WLMH increasing minimally invasive surgeries in 2017

Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 |

West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) will be expanding its minimally invasive surgery program to include appendix removals, hernia repairs and gynecologic procedures such as hysterectomies in 2017.

“The expansion of these state-of-the-art laparoscopic procedures ensures that our patients have the same expectations as they would in a tertiary centre, in the convenience of their local hospital,” said Dr. Lenore Zettel, general surgeon, WLMH.

Often referred to as ‘keyhole’ surgery, the technique involves inflating the abdomen and creating small, ½” incisions -- anywhere from two to six keyholes, depending on the surgery. The surgeon then inserts a laparoscope -- a fibre optic light with a high definition camera, to explore the area of interest in real time while viewing on a monitor. Surgical instruments are inserted through additional keyholes to treat or remove the affected area.

There are many benefits of laparoscopic surgery, especially related to the individual’s recovery. Since the incisions are much smaller than open surgeries, minimally invasive procedures often have a shorter recovery period, less blood loss and less pain after surgery. As a result, patients may go home on the same or next day.

“With laparoscopic surgery, people are able to return to their normal lives quicker and there’s less risk for infection due to smaller incisions,” said Dr. Zettel.

Laparoscopic surgery at WLMH was first introduced in the 1990s with gall bladder removals. The evolution of these surgeries offered at the site builds on strong general and gynecologic surgery programs, including cancerous and non-cancerous breast disease, hernias, endoscopy, appendix removals, hysterectomies, urology, complex dental, ovarian cysts and tubal pregnancies.

The health professionals delivering the care are essential to the strength of this important program.

“The entire surgical team here is amazing.  Our nurses are very dedicated, highly skilled, ‘silent heros’ who absolutely love their patients and this hospital,” said Caroline Mitchell, Clinical Manager, Perioperative and Day Surgery. “Our program is only getting stronger with the evolution of day surgeries at the site by this incredible team, and by having access to a broad network of education and resources though Hamilton Health Sciences.”

Fundraising has been an essential part of the growth of the laparoscopic program. The WLM Auxiliary pledged $170,000 to support the purchase of new laparoscopic equipment.

Additionally, one of several priorities of this year’s Trees of Healthy Wishes campaign includes the purchase of two large OR spotlights.

‘Capital equipment purchases rely on community support as they are not funded by the government. Providing our surgical team with state-of-the art equipment is vital to the care and services the surgical team delivers,” said Pamela Ellens, WLMH Foundation Executive Director.

“We are so grateful to the Foundation, the Auxiliary and our community for their support of our Operating Room needs,” said Dr. Zettel.

This holiday season, contribute to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Trees of Healthy Wishes campaign to support our hospital’s needs and the great tradition of patient care in our community. To make a donation by phone or for more information, please call 905.945.WLMH (9564) or visit


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