The Beatons 'in the picutre'

 Left to right....  Back row:  Joanne Beaton, Shayla Brant, Ken Beaton  Front row:  Sierra Higgins, Dakota Higgins, Riley Higgins, Wyatt Higgins, Owen Dlugosz  Parents are:  Jen Beaton and Tom Dlugosz and Mandi and Shawn Higgins

Left to right....

Back row:  Joanne Beaton, Shayla Brant, Ken Beaton

Front row:  Sierra Higgins, Dakota Higgins, Riley Higgins, Wyatt Higgins, Owen Dlugosz

Parents are:  Jen Beaton and Tom Dlugosz and Mandi and Shawn Higgins

When asked how many of her grandchildren were born at the Almonte General Hospital, Joanne Beaton laughs and answers proudly “Just all of them!”  That’s in a large part why she and husband Ken, who have lived in Almonte since 1984, were ready to ‘put themselves in the picture’ after touring the new diagnostic imaging equipment at the Hospital earlier this year.

Although both of them have had a few experiences with the hospital, Ken as recently as a few weeks ago after a hockey injury, it is really for their children and grandchildren that they believe quality health care close to home is so important.

“I’ve always been so impressed with how well we’ve been treated at the Hospital,” said Joanne.  “Knowing that my children and grandchildren have access to this hospital means a lot to Ken and me. And we also know that we can play a role in ensuring that the hospital and manor have new, up-to-date equipment.”

As real estate agents working in the area, Joanne has also seen how the Hospital plays an important role in the local economy too.  “With buyers over the age of 50, nearby quality healthcare is a huge concern,” said Joanne.  “I’m glad I can speak with confidence about how good our hospital, staff and doctors are.  It makes relocating to Mississippi Mills a sensible decision for many of my clients.”

The Beatons have made a four year pledge to the Diagnostic Imaging Campaign.  If you’d like more information on how you can join them and ‘put yourself in the picture’ with a one-time, monthly or yearly donation or pledge, please contact the AGH Foundation at aroberts@agh-fvm.com or 613-256-2500 ext. 2297.

Local health care to benefit from joint fundraising raffle thanks to Bean Chevrolet

Frontview.jpg

Ticket order form.

Lottery license: M781552

Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation and Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Foundation today announced they are partnering to present the Car or Ca$h for Health Care raffle.  Eager ticket buyers will have the chance to win either a 1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible or $30,000 in ca$h.  Ten thousand tickets will be sold between April 3 and Oct. 5, 2018 with the two foundations sharing equally in the net proceeds.  Ticket cost $20 or three for $50 and are available at Bean Chevrolet Buick GMC in Carleton Place, at both hospitals, or an order form can be downloaded here:  Ticket order form. 

The spectacular car prize was donated by Keith Bean, owner of Bean Chevrolet, who has been supporting both hospitals since taking over the dealership in 2015. 

“We are excited to support this joint fundraiser between the Carleton Place and Almonte hospitals, I know both medical teams already work together to support our community and we are very proud to partner with them both,” said Keith Bean, owner of Bean Chevrolet.   “When a business donates to a charity, it’s really nice to know where the money is going.  The cool part about this donation is the Foundations will use the Firebird to multiply the value of what we can afford to give.  Really hoping for a sellout and that we can be part of this type of raffle for years and years!”

If all tickets sell, each foundation will receive approximately $85 to $90,000 which will be used to benefit patient care at each hospital through the purchase of replacement or new equipment.

According to Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO of both hospitals, “Community funding for both hospitals through the two different foundations has a huge impact on patient care.  We count 100% on funds received through fundraising activities like this joint raffle to purchase replacement and new medical equipment.  At Almonte General our current focus is on diagnostic imaging equipment.  At Carleton Place & District Memorial we are funding a cardiac monitor with a telemetry system.  Support of this raffle will help ensure that patients benefit from these new pieces of state-of-the-art medical equipment.”

Tickets will also be sold throughout the region at community events, antique car shows and other hospital fundraisers.  An early-bird draw is planned for Friday, July 3.  One hundred lucky winners will win an additional raffle ticket. One of the 100 will then be drawn to win $1,000 cash.

The final draw will be held at the Almonte General Hospital on Friday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.  The winners’ names for the early-bird draw and the final draw will be posted at https://www.facebook.com/CarorCashforHealthCare.  Tickets buyers must be 18 years or older.

Ticket order form.

The Gambles 'in the picture'

Neither Reg nor Josh Gamble has ever had to make major use of the Almonte General Hospital but that doesn’t mean they don’t fully appreciate how important it is to their community. According to Reg, “That hospital is one of the major attractions for why people move to Almonte, and why people stay and live here.”

It’s that strong sense of community that Reg has always brought to the many things that he’s done since moving here in the early 70’s from Maxville, where he’d grown up.  He and wife Gail raised their two sons, Josh and Jake.  Even with his own growing funeral business, and Gail working in Ottawa as a nurse, Reg still made time to be involved in many local endeavours including the North Lanark Highland Games, the Lions Club, and chairing the building campaign for the Rosamond Unit.  Giving back to the community was given a high priority by Reg, and he has passed that value on to his son Josh.

DSC_0428.JPG

Reg proudly displays a Certificate of Appreciation from the Hospital dated 1977 to 1989, in the C.R. Gamble Funeral Home and Chapel office that son Josh now occupies on a full-time basis.  Although Reg is still involved in the business, Josh bought it in 2010 and he, his wife Stephanie and six-year-old son Aden live in the house that he grew up in, part of the Funeral Home. As would be expected, Stephanie occasionally has to pitch in and help out, and Aden is already involved too, setting up flowers or putting out cards.

The one Emergency visit that Reg can vividly remember was shortly after emceeing the local highland games, something he’s done for decades, because he had an extremely painful earache.  After being examined by Dr. Franz Ferraris, Reg was told that he didn’t have an earache but rather an inflammation of the mandible (jaw) muscle on that side of his head. This condition was probably the result of him talking a lot.  Reg was told he needed to rest the muscle for several days; to not talk a lot. Those that knew him well responded, ‘he’s going to die…!’

Josh and Reg, as well as CR Gamble Funeral Home and Chapel, have recently ‘put themselves in the picture’ as just one more way that they can give back to the community and support their local hospital.  Their five-year commitment to the diagnostic imaging campaign and continued sponsorship of several AGH events will go a long way to helping ensure patients at the hospital have access to quality patient care close to home.

f you want to join the Gambles and “put yourself in the picture” with a one-time gift, monthly donation or multi-year pledge, please contact Al Roberts, Managing Director, AGH-FVM Foundation, at 613-256-2500 or aroberts@agh-fvm.com

 

Quality health care close to home - why its important

by Al Roberts, Managing Director

Since I joined the AGH FVM Foundation two and a half years ago, I’ve met hundreds of wonderful, amazing people. Of all those people, I don’t think anyone that I’ve met quite represents the reason to support quality health care close to home as well as the late Rita Hickey, who passed away last month at the age of 93.

As Managing Director of the Foundation, my office sits just inside the Hospital’s front entrance. This allows me to meet and speak with dozens of people each day, some are patients, others are family members visiting patients, others are staff, volunteers, contractors, and delivery people.

I’m often asked if having my door so close to the entrance and usually left wide open doesn’t result in constant interruptions. I usually answer that the reward for those occasional interruptions is all of the interesting people that I get to meet, some of whom will share their hospital story with me.

 Mrs rita hickey

Mrs rita hickey

That’s how I first met Rita Hickey. A long-time resident on the Rosamond Unit, Mrs. Hickey was in the sitting area in the Hospital lobby, outside my door, almost every day around 3 p.m., visiting with one of her eight sons, daughters-in-law, or grandchildren. The 3 p.m. visit was just one of the times that her dedicated family checked in on “Grandma” every day. At 3 p.m. most often Greg, but sometimes Tony or Cheri, would bring her coffee and a brownie or cookie and sit and talk with her. If the weather was nice, they’d go outside so Mrs. Hickey could get some fresh air. It was a daily routine for her, and truth be told for me too. I tried never to miss an opportunity to say hi to Mrs. Hickey, sometimes complimenting her if she’d had her hair done, other times asking her about who was visiting with her that day or what she was having with her coffee.

According to son Des, “During our visits with Mom she never failed to mention how 'lucky she was'. Due to her health and constantly fighting infections in her legs she could have been upset, or have a negative outlook but she never complained and was always counting her blessings. I would ask her from time to time what she meant when she said how 'lucky she was'? Her response was that she was so lucky to have as many visits from family and friends and so lucky for the quality of care she was receiving. We were at ease knowing Mom was so close and being taken care of so well, It was quality healthcare close to home.”

I miss seeing Mrs. Hickey every day. Her smile, especially when surrounded by her family, reinforced to me every day that quality health care, close to home, is something to be cherished and nurtured by everyone in the Mississippi Mills family.

She deserved excellent care and we can all help contribute to that excellence.

AGH important to Carp residents too!

DSC_0382.JPG

Susan Prior, and her late husband Jack, moved to Carp in 1987 after they fell in love with an old stone house, Oakleigh, while out looking at a brand new house.  They had been living in a nice west-end neighbourhood in Ottawa but as soon as they saw the old stone house, and acres of farm and wetland surrounding the property, they knew it would be ‘home’.

Part of what made it ‘home’ was having a good hospital just down the road and also on the road to the lake. This was particularly important because Sue and Jack were raising four children. 

“I remember several times when we raced off to the emergency department at AGH or stopped in while on the way home from the lake,” said Sue.  “One child fell skiing at Pakenham, someone needed stitches and I have sought treatment there too”.

Now Sue says it is starting all over with several of her grandchildren needing the emergency department for cuts, swallowed lego and sports injuries.

Over the years Sue and Jack also had health issues of a more serious nature, not treatable at AGH. These reinforced in Sue a very strong commitment to good hospital and health care, so she supports several worthwhile charities including the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Regional Cancer Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross, Ottawa Heart Institute, as well as AGH FVM Foundation.

Sue was one of the first donors to ‘put herself in the picture’ by making a three year commitment to the diagnostic imaging campaign in late 2016.  By pledging her support over several years, she has helped to pay off the new digital x-ray and ultrasound machines, and also shown her support for AGH getting a CT scan, provided we can raise the $2 million and gain approval from the government. 

If you want to join Sue and “put yourself in the picture” with a one-time gift, monthly donation or multi-year pledge, please contact Al Roberts, Managing Director, AGH-FVM Foundation, at 613-256-2500 or aroberts@agh-fvm.com

Almonte Shoppers "in the picture"

The Almonte Shoppers Drug Mart contributed over $5,000 in 2017 in support of the "Put Yourself in the Picture" campaign.  Shoppers was the title sponsor of the annual Mississippi Mills River Run and Walk which took place in September.  

Rina Houri, the owner/pharmacist and her wonderful staff also encouraged donations in November as part of their annual Women's Health campaign with proceeds benefiting the Diagnostic Imaging campaign, specifically helping to purchase the two new Ultrasound machines.

 

DSC_0352.JPG

Almonte Civitan "in the picture"

Close to $120,000!  That’s how much the Civitan Club of Almonte has contributed to the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation since the Foundation began keeping computerized records in 2003.

So, it’s no surprise that Civitan would have chosen to “put themselves in the picture” this past year in support of the AGH’s diagnostic imaging campaign.  The club’s 2017 support totalled close to $10,000. This came by way of sponsorships, participation in events, In Memorial donations, and, of course the wonderful tribute evening they coordinated for long-time member Eric Pottle, with proceeds benefitting the DI campaign.

According to Civitan President Marsha Guthrie, “As a service organization, Civitan, seeks to meet as many needs as possible.  Almonte General Hospital has proven itself to provide the quality care so necessary to all us and the new diagnostic imaging equipment will only make it better!

 

 THE CLUB BOASTS MORE THAN 100 MEMBERS

THE CLUB BOASTS MORE THAN 100 MEMBERS

Over the years, the Almonte Civitan club has provided generous support to the Hospital and Manor, as have many of their members.  The club made a major commitment to the Quality Care for Life campaign in 2004, making the club one of the campaign’s earliest supporters. They’ve also funded various pieces of equipment over the years like a special electric bed in 2007.

“I’ve worked in the charitable sector for over 20 years and this Almonte club is a community treasure,” said Foundation Managing Director, Al Roberts.  “Having been a guest at several of their meetings, I’ve seen firsthand how their comradery, enthusiasm and sense of fun are always on display.  Our patients and residents are really fortunate to benefit from their ongoing support.”

Service clubs, church groups, community organizations and neighbourhood s are invited to “put themselves in the picture” in support of new diagnostic imaging equipment at our Hospital.

If you want to join the Almonte Civitan and “put yourself in the picture”, please contact Al Roberts, Managing Director, AGH-FVM Foundation, at 613-256-2500 or aroberts@agh-fvm.com

Anne Mason "in the picture"

Anne Mason distinctly remembers walking up Mill Street and deciding yes, this is a town that I could live in.  It had a certain feel that she liked.  That was 21 years ago, and she’s never regretted her decision once.

Anne loves living in Almonte because of all the wonderful things the community has to offer including: arts, history, friendly, engaged neighbours and a wonderful hospital.  “Having the Hospital here provides me with a level of comfort,” said Anne.  “Of all the institutions in town, I think it’s the most important.”

DSC_0343.JPG

This is somewhat surprising considering she hasn’t had to use the Hospital too often.  While visiting the new Ultrasound suite prior to making her donation this week, Anne did recall a visit many years ago that she shared.  Anne and Ultrasound technologist Angie Crites laughed about patients having to sit waiting for the specialist to arrive from Ottawa, literally bursting to go to the bathroom but the thinking back then was that having a full bladder meant the images would be of a better quality.  “I had to pee so badly, but they wouldn’t even let me go for a little relief; I just sat there with my legs crossed hoping I was next up for my examination.”  And when Anne fell out of a tree that she was pruning, the staff in Emergency moved very quickly to treat her before giving the lecture about not climbing trees!

Having the Hospital right here close to home is important.  Anne’s doctor, Ursula McGarry, is part of the Ottawa Valley Family Health Team so most of her health care needs can be addressed in the community.  She thinks that makes a big difference.  “Everything is flexible and personal, probably because they are caring for their friends and neighbours,” thinks Anne.

She remembers one of her friends telling her that when there was a family health emergency recently, living midway between Almonte and Ottawa she didn’t immediately call 911 or rush into Ottawa.  Instead, her only thought was let’s get to the Almonte Hospital, they’ll know what to do!

Although a donor for some years, Anne has now “put herself in the picture” with a five-year pledge to the diagnostic imaging campaign.  Pledges are particularly important because it helps the Foundation plan ahead for the purchase of the CT scan, which still needs to be approved by the Ministry of Health & Long-term Care.

Donors can “put themselves in the picture” by making a one-time gift, becoming a monthly donor or committing to a multi-year pledge.  All donations are tax deductible, which is often an important benefit at this time of year.

If you want to join Anne and “put yourself in the picture”, please contact Al Roberts, Managing Director, AGH-FVM Foundation, at 613-256-2500 or aroberts@agh-fvm.com

Nancy Laws-lepage "in the picture"

DSC_0317.JPG

Nancy Laws-Lepage and her husband Maurice Lepage moved to the Almonte area in 1991.  They bought a farm on the Upper Dwyer Hill road, and for 26 years, Nancy says, “The Hospital has always been there for us.” And she expects it will continue to be there as she needs different services in the future.

Although Nancy can rhyme off dozens of reasons for their various visits to the Hospital, most relate to accidents on the farm, like the time she was hit in the head by a tree limb when they were clearing some bush.  Thankfully it wasn’t too serious but having a first-class Hospital close to home is something that Nancy appreciates immensely, and so for her, “It’s very important to give back.                                                                                                                                                    Almonte is definitely my focus when making                                                                                                                                                 donations.”

For Nancy, often it’s the small things that have really strengthened her relationship with the Hospital over the years.  She can’t say enough about how good some of the doctors have been with her as she has dealt with Maurice’s failing mental health, as a result of dementia, while also having her own battle with breast cancer.  She feels particularly fortunate to have had “Dr. Chris” as her family physician.  “She is really a great doctor.”

Nancy supported AGH’s last campaign.  She remembers one of her colleagues at the time, Tim Ray, telling her about the Quality Care for Life fund-raising drive and suggesting that she make a pledge and pay it off over a number of years; which she did.

Recently Nancy made a gift to the “Put Yourself in the Picture” campaign, both because she appreciates the Hospital, and because acquiring a CT scan is something she’s very supportive of.  “Yes, I think it’s absolutely necessary that we continue to acquire new tools like CT for our doctors.  Having access to these tests close to home is so much better than having to go all the way to Renfrew or Smith Falls.”

If you want to join Nancy and “put yourself in the picture” with a one-time gift, monthly donation or multi-year pledge, please contact Al Roberts, Managing Director, AGH-FVM Foundation, at 613-256-2500 or aroberts@agh-fvm.com

AGH purchases three new Glide Scopes

Patients at AGH are now benefiting from three new Glide Scopes thanks to donations made to the AGH FVM Foundation in 2016.  The Emergency Department, Obstetrical Operating Room, and the Main Floor Operating Room each received one, at a cost of approximately $14,000 per Scope.

DSC_0280.JPG

“A Glide Scope assists with intubation,” said Avis Ward, Team Lead, OR.  Intubation is accomplished by inserting a flexible plastic tube into the trachea (windpipe) to maintain an open airway or to serve as a conduit through which to administer certain drugs. “The hand-held camera device is inserted into the patient’s mouth which allows the physician to see the vocal cords, epiglottis, etc. on a monitor.  Pictures can be taken if necessary as well.”

The Hospital had two older Glide Scopes.  “They were really old,” said Ward, “even black and white.” Although they still served their purpose, physicians seem really pleased with the new ones because they allow for better viewing and are much easier to use.

“Many intubations can be difficult, especially for physicians that are not doing them every day,” points out Ward.  The new Glide Scopes make it much easier, even in difficult situations such as with a patient who has sustained a neck injury.  Other factors can also contribute to making intubation more of a challenge including short necks, receding jaws, patients with a high body mass index and head or neck trauma.

Another bonus feature of the new equipment is that it can be cleaned in the sterilizer, known as an autoclave, thus reducing the risk of infection.

The Hospital counts 100% on funds raised in the community to pay for replacement and new equipment.  These new Glide Scopes are examples of the positive impact that donors have on safe, high quality care for the patients served by AGH.

Matthews "in picture" for CT scan

Having a “first-class hospital” is one of the things that Gaye Bennett-Matthews and Bryn Matthews believe makes Mississippi Mills such a wonderful place to live, raise a family and retire. That’s why deciding to support the diagnostic imaging campaign was a relatively easy decision for them to make.

Bryn has been an ardent supporter of the Hospital for all of the years they’ve lived in this region. He served on the Hospital Board for nine years and was on the Foundation Board following that.

“As a result of his career as a senior executive in the broadcast industry, Bryn brought a certain skill set to his volunteer positions,” noted Gaye.

bryngaye.jpg

“I have been involved with hospitals in just about every place we’ve lived,” said Bryn.  “I believe that good health care is of paramount importance, so I’ve been committed to supporting it.”

Although neither Gaye nor Bryn have had a lot of experience with the Hospital or Manor, the few interactions they’ve had have been very positive. These include Gaye having an ultrasound recently and Bryn having an x-ray in the new digital suite. Both were very quick to point out that one of their grandchildren, Tory Audet, was born at AGH in 2005. Her birth, so close to home, certainly further strengthened their commitment to making sure that the exceptional staff at the Hospital have the best tools with which to provide patient care.

Gaye and Bryn recently “put themselves in the picture” in support of the AGH FVM Foundation’s diagnostic imaging campaign, and specifically asked that their gift be directed towards the acquisition of the CT scan.

The $4 million DI campaign is divided into $1.8 million to pay for the new digital x-ray suite, new digital, portable x-ray machine and two new digital ultrasound machines. The other $2.2 million will pay for a CT scan, something that the Hospital does not currently have. Application has been made to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for permission to add CT scan capability to the DI department. The Foundation’s commitment to raise the necessary funds will help satisfy the Ministry’s need to know the source of funding for the new piece of equipment.

For more information on the “Put Yourself in the Picture” campaign, please contact the AGH FVM Foundation at 613-256-2500 ext. 2297 or email aroberts@agh-fvm.com

4th annual Mississippi Mills River Walk and Run sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart Almonte helps ‘grow women’s health’ at AGH

(Almonte, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017)  The 4th annual Mississippi Mills River Walk and Run sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart Almonte  took place on Saturday, Sept. 9 on the grounds of the Almonte General Hospital (AGH) and Fairview Manor resulting in approximately $18,000 being raised in support of AGH’s Birthing Centre and women’s health care.

More than 300 walkers, runners, sponsors and volunteers took part in the fundraiser which featured a 3-km family walk, and 3, 5 and 10-km timed walk/runs. Local Shoppers Drug Mart owner/pharmacist Rina Houri was thrilled with this year’s results.

“Shoppers Drug Mart is dedicated to caring for the health and well-being of our employees, patients and customers, as well as the communities in which they live and work,” said Houri. “With AGH’s birthing unit not only serving Mississippi Mills but also families up and down the Ottawa Valley, we are so proud to support it.  Families from up around Pembroke, through Renfrew and Arnprior, and down to Carleton Place, Carp Kanata and Stittsville, are now having their children at AGH.”  

“These funds will help us pay for the two new digital ultrasound machines the Hospital purchased last year,” said Hospital President and CEO Mary Wilson Trider.  “Ultrasound is an essential diagnostic tool for our physicians in so many areas including obstetrics, gynecology, emergency, and family medicine. Hundreds of our patients are benefiting from this new equipment every month.   Having added a second ultrasound machine also means our patients are not waiting as long for their examinations, which often means less anxiety too.”

Prizes were awarded to the top three male and female finishers in all timed events and to the top fundraiser and top fundraising team.   Official times for participants are available at: www.runninggoattiming.com  Prize recipients, race winners and event photos will be posted at www.almontehospitalfoundation.com by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11.

As well as Shoppers Drug Mart Amonte, sponsors contributing to the success of the event included:  Bean Chev Olds, C.R. Gamble Funeral Home and Chapel, Art and Helen Levi, Levi Home Hardware, Priority Patient Transfer, Patrice’s Your Independent Grocer, Orchard View by the Mississippi, Coady’s Car Care, L.G, Lee & Sons, Almonte Civitan Club, Absolute Massage Therapy, Cliff Bar, the Running Room and Ryno Motors.

The AGH FVM Foundation is currently raising $4 million through their Put Yourself in the Picture campaign to cover the cost of having replaced all of the diagnostic imaging equipment at the Hospital and to acquire a C/T scan.  The Hospital counts 100% on funds raised from the community through the Foundation to purchase  new and replacement equipment. 

Media: For more information: Al Roberts, Managing Director, AGH-FVM Foundation (613) 277-6203

Jim Hugessen and Louise Stevenson are 'in the picture'.

According to many fundraising journals and how-to articles, the number one reason that people most often cite for not supporting a charity is “no one asked me.” 

Having worked in the charitable sector for many years now, I was reminded of this recently when I sat down with Jim Hugessen and his wife Louise Stevenson to thank them for the generous gift they made to the diagnostic imaging campaign, shortly after the campaign launch in May.

When I asked Jim why they decide to put themselves “in the picture” and support the campaign? I fully expected an answer that would touch on his late wife’s (Mary) connection to Almonte and her tireless efforts to raise money for the Hospital and Manor.  Instead, Jim responded, “because you asked me… .”  Both he and Louise did go on to talk about how the Hospital and Manor’s excellent patient and resident care make it an institution that they feel warrants the community’s ongoing support.

DSC_0173.JPG

Having high-quality health care close to home is also something they feel is vitally important, particularly psychologically for patients and their family members. Both felt that travelling to (the big city) and finding parking etc. just adds another layer to what is already a stressful situation.

In the coming weeks and months, volunteers and staff working on behalf of the AGH-FVM Foundation will be fanning out, meeting with community members, and telling them about the $4 million campaign currently underway to replace all of the diagnostic imaging equipment at the Hospital.  Although the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care funds Hospital operations, it does not contribute funds to replace or purchase new equipment.  The Hospital must count on the generousity of community members, service clubs, local businesses, and granting agencies.  This means that eventually, we are going to ask you to “put yourself in the picture” and support your local hospital.  Regardless of the size of the gift you make, like Louise and Jim’s, your support will have an immediate impact on local health care close to home.

Patrice's Independent customers 'in the picture'.

Customers and staff at Patrice’s Independent gave a big boost to the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation’s diagnostic imaging campaign during the week of July 13-26.  A whopping $4,490 was donated as customers made their way through the checkouts. These funds will go a long way in helping to pay for the new digital ultrasounds and x-ray machines now in use at the Hospital which cost $1.8 million.

“We have participated in the Give A Little, Help A Lot campaign for the past 10 years,” said store owner and perpetual community booster, Guido Patrice. “This store initiative is geared to raise funds for a local charity of choice.  Tanya and I designated this year’s donations to go towards the Diagnostic Equipment campaign at AGH.”

DSC_0181.JPG

Guido estimates that about 12,000 customers would have visited the store during that week and approximately 40 front-end staff would have been working at some time during that week too.

“Almonte and the surrounding area has always been such a caring and generous community that has helped to raise funds for many local groups,” said Guido.  “I hear from the various groups when fundraising in our store how great our customers are, and we have to agree!”

Thanks to Guido, Tanya and all their customers and staff for ‘putting themselves in the picture’ in support of new diagnostic equipment at AGH.  By giving a little, patients at the Hospital are getting a lot.

To find out more about ‘putting yourself in the picture’, please visit www.almontegeneralhospitalfoundation.com

Special nursing education fund established to celebrate Pam Murphy’s retirement from Fairview Manor

On Saturday, Sept. 30, Pam Murphy will officially retire from her position as Director of Care (DOC) at Fairview Manor (FVM).  This will mark the end of a work career that has spanned more than 40 years, including 12 years overseeing resident care at FVM.

Throughout Pam’s time at FVM, her work philosophy has focused on the delicate balancing act between caring for the residents, which she readily admits is the highest priority, and caring for her staff, which she sees as equally important.  It is no surprise that Pam says that well-trained, engaged, caring staff is the key to the high-quality resident care for which FVM is known.

According to her successor, Karen Buness, “Pam is a wonderful nurse and a fantastic leader.  Her knowledge, caring approach and dedication to the residents and staff are unparalleled.  She leaves big shoes to fill.”

Pam has seen things change a lot in long-term care over the course of her career.  She attributes this to modern medicine’s ability to better treat many chronic diseases.  This positive step forward means that people are living longer; therefore the need for long-term care is constantly growing.

When she first became DOC at Fairview in 2005, about 80% of the residents were capable of getting to the dining rooms mostly under their own steam, or with a little help of another resident.  Although sometimes precarious to watch, Pam said, “You had to admire their spirit.”  Now, she believes that only about 20% of the residents would be able to do that without help from a staff member.  On average, residents are living longer and require a greater amount of support in almost all areas of daily living.

When asked what she is most proud of with respect to her time at the Manor, the answer again reflects Pam’s philosophy.  “I’m most proud of my nursing team and the Manor’s team spirit,” she says.  “These things have a direct impact on the care provided.”

“Pam will be sorely missed,” said Hospital President and CEO Mary Wilson Trider.  “Her work has touched hundreds of lives over theyears and so it makes sense that we celebrate her well-deserved retirement in a way that recognizes and continues her legacy of caring for both the residents and the staff of Fairview Manor.”

Mary is pleased to announce that the AGH-FVM Foundation will be establishing a special Pam Murphy Fairview Manor Nursing Education Fund in support of education and training.  For all the many people who want to wish Pam well on her retirement, donations can be made to the Foundation designated for this new, special fund.  Each year, the Fund will help nurses at FVM take courses or attend a conference.  Donations can be dropped off at the Foundation Office just inside the Hospital’s main door, made over the phone at 613-256-2500, ext. 2296 or made online here.

Please join us in wishing Pam a long and happy retirement.

 

High Times at the Heart Institute Valley Tour raises $21K for local healthcare

Last fall, Stone Fence Theatre of Eganville toured up and down the Ottawa Valley performing a hilarious musical called High Times at the Heart Institute.  Written by Ish Thellheimer, the play looked at the differences between American and Canadian healthcare through the eyes of several semi-fictitious patients at the Heart Institute.  Shows were presented in Deep River, Pembroke, Eganville, Renfrew, Barry's Bay, Almonte and Ottawa.  The end result $21,000 was shared among valley hospitals and the Heart Institute.   

Young Philanthropist

Charlotte Searle (7) proudly donated $63.70 to Foundation Director Al Roberts last week.  Charlotte raised the funds by selling her dollhouse and topping up the amount with some money she had already collected.

When asked why, her answer was quite simple.  One of her schoolmates is battling cancer and she thought that it would help. 

Thank you Charlotte for helping to support health care close to home.

The Commonwell Donates $25K to Almonte General Hospital Local Insurer Gives Back with C.A.R.E Program

The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, a home and auto insurance company focused on clients throughout Ontario, has announced their latest major community donation of $25,000 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 purchase of two new ultrasound machines for the local emergency and acute care hospital.

 "The Commonwell’s donation will help ensure that each year hundreds of mothers will have access to state-of-the-art ultrasound images ‎as part of their prenatal care at Almonte General Hospital," said Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO of Almonte General Hospital. "As will other patients being investigated for gynecological, urological, abdominal and vascular issues."

 Almonte General Hospital (AGH) is a 52-bed emergency and acute care hospital serving the Mississippi Mills region as well as Arnprior, Carleton Place, Ottawa, Perth and surrounding townships. The Commonwell’s C.A.R.E donation will help fund two new ultrasound machines to meet the hospital's growing demand for ultrasounds and to replace aging equipment. This will not only cut wait times for medical and obstetrical ultrasound scans in half, but it will update the hospital’s equipment to meet the latest technological advances.

  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 1  st   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.

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.

“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.

 

176 Golfers chip in for health care close to home in Mississippi Mills

The 14th annual summer Golf Classic sponsored by Kanata Ford in support of the Almonte General Hospital / Fairview Manor Foundation raised more than $55,000 on Monday, June 6 at the Canadian Golf and Country Club.

“Our community cares deeply about their Hospital and Manor,” said Art Solomonian, Chair of the AGH-FVM Foundation. “Spending a day on the links is such a simple and fun way to provide support which results in replacement or new equipment in the hands of our doctors and staff.  Patients at the Hospital and residents in the Manor are ultimately the big winners.”

Golfer Greg Hickey thanked participants prior to the dinner.  A long-time Almonte resident, his mother is currently cared for on the Rosamond Unit (Complex Continuing Care) at the AGH.  Greg said that when family members bring her home for a visit on the weekends, she looks forward to returning to the Hospital.  He felt that speaks volumes to the quality of care she receives on a daily basis.

As well as golfing, participants enjoyed hole prizes, raffle tickets and the opportunity to bid on live and silent auctions items which were donated by generous local businesses and individuals. Sponsorship accounted for a large portion of the funds raised.  Kanata Ford was this year’s major sponsor followed by the local Rexall store and the BMO branch. 

“So many people deserve a big thank you including all our golfers, sponsors, auction item and prize donors, dinner guests, and volunteers,” said Al Roberts, Managing Director, AGH-FVM Foundation. “I especially want to thank our amazing golf committee who worked so hard to make the event a success:  Liz Taylor, Gretta Bradley, Josh Gamble, Richard Love, Bert McIntyre, Kathy Stratton, Carolyn Piche and committee chair Joy Delahunt.”

Next year’s tournament will take place Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Canadian Golf and Country Club.