Let’s not miss a Beat campaign heading into home stretch

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Hospital foundation still needs community support to reach goal

Elaine Smith, chair of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Let’s Not Miss a Beat Campaign 2014, shows that the campaign is at the $90,000 mark. Another $10,000 is needed to reach goal for a new Cardiac Monitoring System for the ER.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Let’s Not Miss a Beat Campaign 2014 is well past the halfway point of its $100,000 goal So far, close to $90,000 has been raised. These funds will go toward the purchase of a new cardiac monitoring system for the hospital’s emergency room, which has a price tag of $135,000. The balance of funds will come in part from Horizon Health Network and from donations previously received.

Campaign chair Elaine Smith is pleased with the generosity of the community thus far but stressed that we still need $10,000 to meet our objective. She encourages anyone who has not yet made a donation to do so.

“We are in the “home stretch” and still need the support from the community, individuals, corporations, and organizations to bring the Campaign to its completion,” says Smith.

A new Cardiac Monitoring System is urgently needed and will replace an existing system that is over 14 years old and has passed its life expectancy. A modern system will strengthen the Sackville Memorial Hospital (SMH) medical professionals’ ability to provide the best emergency care to patients in the community. The cardiac monitoring system is a critical component in the ER as this technology displays a patient’s vital signs including heart rate, pulse and blood pressure. Monitors can detect arrhythmias and any other significant cardiac developments as early as possible. Many situations in the ER are time sensitive. It is crucial for the SMH’s medical team to have the ability to diagnose a patient’s condition quickly and accurately, as in some instances, the patient may need to be transported to another facility for more advanced care.

The cardiac monitoring system is used on patients in the ER who may be experiencing a heart attack, heart failure, unstable heart arrhythmia, abnormal heart rhythm, pneumonia and other cardiac related diseases and conditions.

The SMH assists on average four patients a day in the ER who require cardiac monitoring; in total over 1,450 patients per year make use of this vital piece of technology. The new system is expected to be on site and operational in late 2014. It consists of four monitors, three of which are at each bedside in the ER observation room. The other is in the trauma room. All monitors are connected to the main monitor in the ER nurses station.

“Our community is blessed to have an amazing team of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals presently working in our ER. Let’s ensure they have the equipment they need to maintain the exceptional level of care they currently provide. With your help, we can meet our campaign goal of $100,000,” says Elaine Smith, campaign chair.

A number of local volunteers are still working diligently on the campaign to find the remaining funds needed to reach the campaign goal. If you would like to make a donation, you can contact the Foundation at 364-4204, drop by the hospital, or donate securely on-line at www.smhf.ca.

If the campaign goal is exceeded, the additional funds will be used on the

hospital’s other priority needs.

 

Organizations: SMH, Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation, Cardiac Monitoring System Memorial Hospital

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