The Commonwell Donates $15K to Almonte General Hospital
Local Insurer Gives Back with C.A.R.E Program
Perth, ON –May 9, 2018 … The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, a home and auto insurance company focused on clients throughout Ontario, has announced a second major community donation, this time $15,000 to Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor Foundation. Funded through The Commonwell’s C.A.R.E (Create a Ripple Effect) program, the donation will assist with the payment of the two new ultrasound machines onsite at the Hospital since early in 2017. This brings Commonwell’s total donation towards the new ultrasound machines to $40,000.
Back Left to Right: The Commonwell: Miki Paczek, Brand and Communications Manager, Tim Shauf, President and CEO, David Blodgett, Chief Strategy Officer, Allan Lowry, Director, Dwight Proudfoot, Director. Front Left to Right: Almonte Hospital Foundation: Carolyn Piche, Development Co-ordinator The Commonwell: Theresa Messier, C.A.R.E. member and Jennifer Baziuk, VP of IT.
"This second gift from Commonwell brings us that much closer to having completely paid off the new ultrasound machines which cost $640,000,” said Hospital President and CEO Mary Wilson Trider. “The Hospital had to go ahead and purchase these in 2017 because our existing machine was 10 years old and, with only one machine, our wait times were too long. For the past year, our patients have been benefiting from two new digital machines, and our wait times are down from two months to two weeks. Our patients have companies like Commonwell to thank for that.”
Almonte General Hospital (AGH) is a 52-bed emergency and acute care hospital serving the Mississippi Mills region as well as Arnprior, Carleton Place, Carp, West Ottawa, Perth and surrounding townships. This Commonwell C.A.R.E donation is directed toward the AGH FVM Foundation’s ‘Put Yourself in the Picture’ campaign with a goal of raising $4 million to purchase two new ultrasound machines, a new digital X-ray suite, a digital portable X-ray machine, and to acquire CT scan, which the Hospital does not currently have. The total raised to date is approximately $1.7 million.
“Our Commonwell staff and brokers live in the communities that they serve, so giving back locally has always been very important to us all,” said Tim Shauf, President and CEO of the Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group. “We’re truly honoured to work with Almonte General Hospital and support them in continuing to provide exceptional medical care to the area.”
The Commonwell’s C.A.R.E (Create a Ripple Effect) program helps to fund vital charitable organizations in the Eastern Ontario communities that The Commonwell serves. Last year, the Commonwell donated over $575K to a variety of local organizations including hospitals, food banks, Big Brothers Big Sisters, youth services, Habitat for Humanity and palliative care.
About The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group:
Established January 1st 2014, The Commonwell is a merger of three longstanding mutual insurance companies that has been built on more than a century of hands-on commitment to the local communities it serves. Since its founding three years ago, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group operates on the same historical premise of its three legacy companies – maintaining a focus on local presence and service that builds strong long-term relationships for the benefit of the greater community.
BMO Financial Group donate $40,000 to help ensure patients
at Almonte General Hospital have access to the best in diagnostic imaging
(Mississippi Mills, ON, 28/11/2017) BMO Financial Group has announced a $40,000 donation to the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation in support of the “Put Yourself in the Picture” campaign. The $4 million campaign has allowed the Hospital to purchase two new digital ultrasound machines, a new digital X-ray suite and a new portable digital X-ray machine. The Hospital also plans to acquire a $2.2 million CT scan machine, subject to approval by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. This generous donation brings the campaign total to $1.3 million to date.
“We are proud to continue our relationship with AGH, and help with the actualization of the spaces and equipment they need to serve the growing community,” said Lester Religa, Regional Vice President, Eastern Ontario Division, Business Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal. “The efforts of this campaign will be felt by patients of the hospital for years to come and allow for the best diagnostics on site.”
“Almonte General Hospital counts 100% on support to the Foundation from the community to ensure our staff has reliable, up-to-date equipment with which to treat our patients,” said Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO. AGH is a 52-bed emergency and acute care hospital serving the Mississippi Mills region as well as West Carleton, Lanark, Carleton Place, and West Ottawa. With more than 15,000 emergency visits per year and over 500 births per year, diagnostic tests like ultrasound, X-ray and CT scan are vital for high quality patient care close to home.
The Hospital moved to purchase the new equipment because both the ultrasound machine and the X-ray equipment were more than 10 years old. Finding replacement parts was becoming increasingly difficult when the equipment needed servicing. With only one ultrasound, wait times were also too long. The new digital machines are faster and easier to use, wait times are down to a few weeks verses months, the new X-ray machines emit far less radiation, and according to Chief of Staff Dr. Chris Deschenes, “The image quality with digital machines provides better diagnostic accuracy.”
In 2016, X-ray staff conducted 6,701 examinations and Ultrasound staff conducted 4,451 examinations. Currently AGH patients that require a CT scan are transported to another hospital.
For more information about the “Put Yourself in the Picture” campaign which runs until the end of 2019, please contact the AGH-FVM Foundation at: 613-256-2500 ext. 2297 or visit: www.almontehospitalfoundation.com
Established in 1817, and currently marking its 200th year of operations, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $709 billion as of July 31, 2017 and over 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.
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97,000 reasons to be thankful!
The Almonte General Hospital / Fairview Manor Foundation has wrapped up the “Your healthcare close to home” seasonal appeal on Feb., 1, 2016 and the grand total is in. – $97,000 was raised to purchase new and replacement equipment for the Hospital and Manor.
“This is our most successful seasonal appeal ever,” said a pleased and appreciative Mary Wilson Trider, AGH President and CEO. “The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care provides funding for our operating costs but not equipment. Financial support from our community is essential if we are going to have modern, up-to-date facilities. On behalf of the patients and residents who benefit from the generosity of our loyal donors, the Hospital board members, physicians and staff join me in saying 97,000 thank yous for your generosity.”
“We owe a big debt of gratitude to the Ian Keith Taylor General Trust and the Almonte Civitan Club,” said AGH-FVM Foundation Managing Director Al Roberts. “By offering to match donations, they really helped inspire donors to participate in this campaign.”
Several new pieces of equipment have begun arriving at the Hospital including a new bladder scanner, a blood/fluid warmer and several ceiling lifts. Other items such as new beds and mattresses for various locations throughout the hospital, sleeper chairs, IV poles and pumps, and two new ultrasounds for the physiotherapy department are all still to be ordered.
“Our members were very happy to help support this campaign,” said Alice Puddington, President of the Almonte Civitan Club. “Having safe, quality healthcare close to home is never something we can ever take for granted. “
Ian Keith Taylor General Trust matches gifts
Ian Keith (Ike) Taylor passed away on November 22, 2009, but his legacy has continued to live on at the Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor for many years thanks to a trust he established prior to his death.
This year, the Trustees of Mr. Taylor’s General Trust are offering to match all donations made to the AGH-FVM Foundation up to a total of $10,000.
“Mr. Taylor thought very highly of the Hospital and Manor,” said Mr. Lewis McCowell, Partner with Gibsons LLP and one of the fund’s trustees. “Ike really appreciated the care he received from doctors, nurses, caregivers and staff at the Manor.”
After retiring, Mr. Taylor built a home in Ramsay Township for himself and his dog Sam. Having lived in the community for many years, he appreciated how wonderful it was to have safe, high- quality health care close to home.
“We are so thankful to the Trustees of Mr. Taylor’s Trust for the generous offer to match donations,” said Art Solomonian, Board Chair, AGH-FVM Foundation. “Their philanthropic leadership will really make a difference to the care provided at both the Hospital and Manor.”
Any donation received at the Foundation on or before Tuesday, Dec. 15 will be matched by the Ian Keith Taylor General Trust, up to a total contribution of $10,000.
Donations can be made online at: www.almontehospitalfoundation.com, phoned in at 613-256-2500 ext. 2296 or mailed to AGH-FVM Foundation, 75 Spring St., Almonte, ON K0A 1A0.
Funds raised will help fund the purchase of new equipment like a digital x-ray machine or provide staff training in areas such as caring for patients and residents with dementia.
Almonte General Hospital - Annual General Meeting June 2015
The fifty-third Annual General Meeting of the Almonte General Hospital Corporation (AGH) was held on Monday, June 1st. Mary Wilson Trider, AGH President & CEO, spoke about highlights of the year ended March 31, 2015.
Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor were Accredited by Accreditation Canada, having achieved 97.3% of the accreditation standard criteria. Fairview Manor also passed the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Resident Quality Inspection process. The Laboratory had a second accreditation process and achieved a score of 98% from the Ontario Laboratory Accreditation Program.
In support of strategic areas of focus on partnering with educational institutions and enhancing services to seniors, AGH acted as a research site for Carleton University’s Department of Health Sciences for studies of “informal caregiver experiences and their use of support services in rural Ontario” and of “the relationship between the social identities of staff and volunteers and the social engagement of residents” which was called “there’s no place like Fairview”.
Lanark County Paramedic Service became the only service in the region to have paramedics complete the Autonomous IV program. The Paramedic service played a role in training new doctors through their participation in a “boot camp” for new physicians in Kingston that helped them understand the challenges of providing care in real-life surroundings and weather conditions. During the year paramedics responded to over 18,500 calls.
Fairview Manor provided 40,376 days of care. Health Quality Ontario’s website reports that Fairview Manor met and/or exceeded provincial averages on publicly reported indicators for falls prevention, bladder incontinence and prevention of pressure ulcers.
Almonte General Hospital had over 15,590 Emergency Department visits, 8,852 days of care in the Rosamond Unit and 541 discharges from the Medical/Surgical Unit as well as nearly 1,000 surgical procedures, 11,375 Diagnostic Imaging procedures, 1,570 visits to Day Hospital and 321 births.
The Hospital met its’ Quality Improvement Plan targets for length of stay management, total margin, and all of the Hospital Service Accountability Agreement targets for Emergency Department wait times. Once again, there were no hospital-acquired cases of VRE, MRSA or C-Difficile.
NRCC patient satisfaction results, released in February, reported that for 2013/14, Almonte General Hospital’s Medical/Surgical unit and Emergency Department were in the top 10% of Ontario. For the second year in a row the Maternity Department was ranked #1 in the province.
Thanks for another successful year to:
- Patients, residents and family members for trusting us with your care and for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us
- Health system partners for your support and collaboration – in particular the Smiths Falls site of PSFDH for extraordinary assistance during our Obstetrician shortage
- Board and staff of the Almonte General Hospital Foundation, and their generous donors, for fundraising efforts which allowed us to purchase new equipment
- Staff, medical staff and volunteers in the Hospital, the Manor and the Paramedic service for their commitment to safe, high quality patient and resident care
- AGH’s Board of Directors for their dedication and thoughtful oversight
AGH reports on progress at June 2 Annual General Meeting
Almonte General Hospital (AGH) has selected a vendor for its first Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system and will announce an implementation plan soon, AGH President & CEO Mary Wilson Trider reported at the Hospital’s 52nd Annual General Meeting on June 2, 2014.
“With thanks to the provincial government’s Small, Rural and Northern Hospital Transformation Fund, a comprehensive procurement process was undertaken,” Mrs. Trider said. “I am pleased to report that Cerner Corporation has been chosen as our EMR provider.”
Because AGH is a small hospital, Mrs. Trider said it makes sense to partner with another organization to undertake such a large implementation. “Partnership discussions are underway and we hope it won’t be too long before we are able to announce our implementation plan,” she added.
Guest speaker at the AGM was Ray Hession, who chairs the Board of eHealth Ontario, the organization that helps physicians and health care providers establish and maintain electronic health records.
Mrs. Trider said the Transformation Fund also permitted AGH to modernize its pharmacy operations and drug distribution, and supported the creation of an online course repository that will be shared by the eight hospitals in the Champlain Alliance of Small Hospitals, the Ottawa Valley Family Health Team, the Community Care Access Centre, and others.
“Transformation funding has also facilitated the adoption of Home First, a client-centred philosophy focused on supporting people in the community, rather than in hospital or long-term care,” said Mrs. Trider.
In 2013-14, AGH met its Quality Improvement Plan targets for medication reconciliation, patient falls in the complex continuing care unit, length-of-stay management and all the Hospital Service Accountability Agreement targets for emergency department wait times. “Once again, there were no hospital-acquired cases of VRE, MRSA or C. difficile,” Mrs. Trider said.
AGH, Fairview Manor (FVM) and the Lanark County Paramedic Service (LCPS) continued to receive high satisfaction ratings during the year.
“A highlight of the year was the May 1 announcement of the National Research Corporation Canada patient satisfaction results, which ranked maternity care at AGH as #1 in Ontario by patients asked to rate the overall care they received at the hospital,” Mrs. Trider said. “AGH’s maternity care was ranked #1 in Ontario by patients asked if they would recommend the hospital to family or friends and AGH’s emergency care was ranked #1 among small hospitals by patients asked if they would recommend the hospital.”
The LCPS underwent the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care’s ambulance service review in February, successfully met the standards required for accreditation and was awarded another three-year licence to operate. Paramedics responded to more than 16,000 calls across Lanark County in 2013-14 and received a 96 per cent positive rating from patients.
Fairview Manor met or exceeded Health Quality Ontario (HQO) provincial averages on all four publicly reported indicators of long-term care quality and exceeded three of the four aspirational targets set by HQO’s expert panel. “I am also pleased to report that 100 per cent of residents and 100 per cent of family members who completed this year’s satisfaction surveys answered ‘yes’ when asked whether they would recommend Fairview Manor to family and friends,” Mrs. Trider said.
In 2013-14, AGH had more than 15,200 emergency department visits, 9,200 days of care in the Rosamond Unit, 561 discharges from the Medical-Surgical Unit, nearly 1,000 surgical procedures, almost 11,600 diagnostic imaging procedures, 1,733 visits to Day Hospital and 396 births.
Fairview Manor provided 40,170 days of care in its 111 residential beds and 198 days of care in the respite bed.
AGH Board Chair Paul Virgin provided an update on the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan, including measures taken to: maintain and strengthen the obstetrical and emergency departments; identify appropriate clinical services that AGH could deliver as a satellite site; enhance access to services for aging and end-of-life patients; and identify revenue opportunities.
AGH Chief of Staff Dr. Michael Dolan reported on changes to the medical staff over the year and on efforts to recruit a new Chief of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He also reported that Dr. Enobong Ekong performed AGH’s first total laparoscopic hysterectomy. “More are planned for the future,” Dr. Dolan said. “Minimally invasive surgeries such as this are rapidly becoming the preferred method in suitable candidates.”
Cheryl Barr, who chairs the Volunteer Services Committee, reported that the 208 adult volunteers, junior volunteers, casual volunteers, members of the AGH Board of Directors and AGH/FVM Foundation Board of Directors, and Foundation volunteers contributed more than 13,400 hours in 2013-14.
Mrs. Trider and Mr. Virgin thanked the staff, medical staff, volunteers and Board members who contributed to the success of AGH, FVM and LCPS. They also thanked the supporters of the AGH/FVM Foundation, which funded $339,000 in capital equipment for the Hospital and Manor in 2013-14.
“We would also like to thank our community for its support and our patients, residents and family members who completed surveys or shared their thoughts and experiences,” Mrs. Trider added. “It is wonderful to receive compliments and equally important to hear about concerns so that we can improve.”
Royal Canadian Legion grant purchases cystoscope for AGH
The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation have donated $7,100 to the Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor (AGH/FVM) Foundation to purchase a cystoscope for the AGH operating room (OR).
A cystoscope, which is a tubular instrument equipped with a light, is used to examine the inside of the bladder and ureter to help diagnose bladder conditions.
Shown, from left, are AGH/FVM Foundation Board member Josh Gamble, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 240 First Vice President Gerry Schroeder, AGH peri-operative OR Registered Nurse Brooke Guthrie Atchison, AGH urologist Dr. Edward Woods and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 240 Treasurer Garry Pollock.
To make a donation to the AGH/FVM Foundation to help purchase medical equipment, phone 613-256-2514, ext. 2297 or send an email to email@example.com.