As Chief of Staff at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, I can tell you that everyone here is excited about our brand new wing and extensive renovations for so many reasons.
First and foremost, we will have the facilities and tools we need to take even better care of you and your loved ones.
Our bigger, more efficient Emergency will mean less time in the waiting room, without patients being treated in the corridors. If patients need to be admitted, we will have more beds to accommodate them, whether it’s medical, surgical, pediatrics or obstetrics. When they arrive upstairs, many patients will have single rooms offering privacy, as well as a reduced risk for infection.
New operating rooms will allow our surgeons to do more surgeries. Wait times will be reduced for everything from hip replacements and hysterectomies to tumor removals and breast reconstructions. I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to recruit surgeons who will use our new OR’s to do more advanced laparoscopic surgery. For some operations, our patients will be able to go home the same day!
Plus, our new birthing suite will have its own dedicated OR. Women who need cesarean sections will only have to be moved next door and not across the hospital. As well, other surgeries won’t have to be bumped to make room for women in labour.
Cambridge is entering a new era in hospital care! And it’s not just our staff who are eager to move into the new space. I’m well aware of the buzz of excitement in the community for this long awaited, and well deserved, transformation of our hospital.
But before we can begin treating patients in the new facilities, we urgently need your help to fill the building with equipment, furniture and new technology. Would you please send a donation to Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation today to help us purchase our highest priority items?
Not everyone realizes that government funding doesn’t purchase any equipment and technology for hospitals. It’s up to each community to raise the money themselves and thanks to support from friends like you, we’ve already been able to buy equipment such as an infant warmer, fetal monitors, wheelchairs, blood pressure machines, beds, and a cystoscope, which is a tube with a camera on the end of it that allows us to see inside a patient’s bladder.
But we still have a long list of equipment needs that could use your support. There are different types of endoscopes and other slender instruments that will allow our surgeons to perform laparoscopic surgery through tiny incisions. This minimally invasive surgery allows people to recover much faster than regular surgery, with less pain and lower risks of infection and other complications.
We need stretchers and incubators, sterilization trays and a plasma freezer, examination lights and a barcode technology for pharmacy inventory. We also must fill the new wing with furniture, including specialized beds for frail seniors and birthing mothers, sleeper chairs for visitors who want to stay close to their loved ones through the night, stainless steel tables that can be sterilized, and secure cabinets to hold medicine.
All of this technology and equipment isn’t just about giving our doctors, nurses and technicians new the tools they need to take great care of your family. Our new modern facilities will enable Cambridge Memorial to dramatically broaden our services too, so that our sickest people won’t have to be moved out to other hospitals.
For example, with your help, we will increase the scope of care provided to people with liver disease. Geriatric services will meet the evolving needs of our aging population. Cancer care will also grow and become more sophisticated as more members of our community are diagnosed in the coming years. And our Joint Centre will expand to help people who have problems in their upper and lower limbs, not just hips and knees.
In return, I promise you that our staff, who are some of the most driven people I have ever had the privilege to work with, will be even more energized and motivated to provide you and your loved ones with the best care. We will continue to work all day and stay up all night, striving to improve the quality and safety of the patient experience at Cambridge Memorial.
That’s because we remain deeply connected and committed to the community, which is also our community. We are your neighbours and friends. And we want the best possible care for you and your loved ones, just as we want it for our own.
But we can’t do it alone. We really rely on the support of the community… people just like you. I hope that we can count on you today to make a special gift, or perhaps join our monthly giving program, to help us fill up that new wing with all the tools and technology we need to care for you and your family. Please send your donation to Cambridge Memorial today.
Dr. Kunuk Rhee
Chief of Staff
P.S. Please visit our website, it will fill you in on all the latest updates from Cambridge Memorial. When you see all the amazing work that your support is funding, my greatest hope is that you’ll be moved to send another wonderful gift to your community hospital. We could really use your help today!
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