ISSUE 01 FALL 2015
A LOVING FAMILY HEALS THROUGH GRATITUDE Lynda-Ann Labarge is a petite woman with a soft voice and a gentle manner that belies the strength of her character. It takes a special kind of courage to turn personal tragedy into an opportunity to help others. Lynda-Ann and the Labarge family did just that at Saint John Regional Hospital. In July 2012, on their way back to Toronto from a family reunion in PEI, the Labarge family was involved in a car accident just outside of Fredericton. Lynda-Ann, her daughter and uncle were injured in the crash, but it was Lynda-Ann’s 17 year old son, Kyle, who bore the brunt of the accident. Suffering a traumatic brain injury, Kyle was transported to Saint John Regional Hospital to be cared for by our renowned Neurosurgeons.
Within this horrific tragedy, however, there was a small silver lining; the Labarge family was overwhelmed by the kindness shown to them by the New Brunswickers they encountered. From the RCMP officers who drove Kyle’s grandmother from Fredericton to Saint John to be with Kyle, to Dr. Brian Wheelock, the neurosurgeon who tried to save Kyle, to the many staff who cared for Kyle and for them through their torturous wait, they received nothing but kindness, compassion, and care. Lynda-Ann decided to do something in Kyle’s memory to honour the people who had supported her family through their experience, and to help other families who would be involved in their own vigils outside the ICU. In 2013, she held fundraising walks in PEI and at home in Toronto. The family and their friends raised more than $12,000, dividing it between The Give 2013 for Neurosurgery, and the refurbishment of the family waiting room outside ICU. On July 25, 2015, Kyle’s loving family returned to see the newly refurbished waiting room and thank the doctors and nurses who provided such excellent and compassionate care to Kyle and the family. The refurbished waiting room now has a new, tiled floor, new paint on the walls, softer lighting, a flat-screen TV, and four comfy armchairs that pull out into single beds. The peaceful space is a refuge, used on a daily basis by anxious family members of patients in the ICU. The Labarge family’s return visit to the Hospital to express their gratitude was a real gift to Dr. Wheelock and the ICU staff, who are with families in their most difficult moments but don’t often get to see what happens to the families they serve.
For nine days, Lynda-Ann and her sister, Kathryn Tonery, lived in the family waiting room outside the ICU at Saint John Regional Hospital, and, with the rest of the family, took turns staying with Kyle and praying for a miracle. Sadly, Kyle’s injuries were too great, and he passed away. The loss of this funny, creative, sweet young musician was a devastating blow to the family.
Lynda-Ann is in her final year of training to become a Grief Counsellor and finds comfort in the thought that she can pay forward the compassion and care that she received here at Saint John Regional Hospital. She is also delighted by the refurbished Family Waiting Room, including a photo of young Kyle, taken on the day he graduated from high school, just a month before the accident. As she slowly moves forward, physically and emotionally from this terrible tragedy, the knowledge that families are benefitting from the calming atmosphere of this private, peaceful space helps spur her on.
HIGH TECH EQUIPMENT A KEY PILLAR OF CARE AT SJRH The Foundation’s campaign for The Give 2015 – “Always On, Always Awake, Here for You” – offers our community the opportunity to support priority needs in any of the Foundation’s five Pillars of Care: high-tech equipment, mental wellbeing (MindCare), clinical education, research, and patient comfort. In the area of equipment, donors may support three different items that benefit patients at different stages in life: “O”- Arm: The purchase of an O-Arm will make Saint John Regional one of only a few hospitals in the country to offer spinal surgeons and neurosurgeons the capability to see three-dimensional images of the spine while performing surgery. This will enable surgeons to ensure that delicate surgery is performed with absolute accuracy, making the surgery faster and increasing safety and the speed of recovery for the patient, with fewer complications. It will also reduce the amount of exposure to radiation for OR staff, extending the careers of surgeons and orthopaedic nurses significantly.
Endoscopic Bronchial Ultrasound: This ultrasound is used in the diagnosis of a wide range of lung and chest diseases, including lung cancer, Lymphoma, esophageal and gastric cancers and pancreatic disease. It will benefit approximately 350 patients per year who currently have to travel elsewhere for treatment, providing better, faster and less invasive diagnosis and treatment. Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Monitors: These monitoring systems track the vital signs of our smallest patients in the NICU, and in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, providing round the clock information and notifying staff of even the smallest change in patient condition. The current monitors require replacement and this state of the art system will help us provide the best possible care for our youngest patients. All three of these items have been identified by Horizon Health Network as priority equipment needs for Saint John Regional Hospital, and the Foundation is committed to purchasing them for the benefit of patients. Interested in learning more about this equipment and how it benefits patients? Please contact Catherine Hinton, Vice-President, Philanthropy, at (506) 648-7566.
PHYSICIAN PROFILE – DR. NEIL MANSON, SPINAL SURGEON Saint John Regional Hospital is privileged to have many highly qualified physicians from all over the world practising here in Saint John. One of our leading surgeons and researchers, Dr. Neil Manson, hails from closer to home. Dr. Manson was born in Churchill Falls, Labrador. He was raised in Fredericton and attended Dalhousie University where he obtained his medical degree and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Adult and Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery in 2004. Dr. Manson also completed two further fellowships, one in Spinal Surgery at Rush University in Chicago, and one in Sports Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Manson has conducted research in the area of spine surgery for almost 20 years. He is also a Clinical Instructor in spinal surgery, and was co-recipient of the Socratic Award for teaching excellence from the Orthopaedic Residents of Dalhousie University in 2011. He works with the Canadian Alpine Ski Team and provided medical coverage for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, among other international sporting events.
Dr. Manson enjoys the great spirit of collaboration between physicians at the Hospital and finds the Regional to be a great place to practise. “When you spend nearly as much time at work as you do at home it feels great to have everyone working together so collegially to provide the best care for patients” he says. Dr. Manson is excitedly looking forward to the day when the new “O-Arm” arrives at the Hospital, thanks to donations to The Give 2015. (See article on page 02). He says that this new three-dimensional imaging tool will improve surgical accuracy and safety, shorten surgical times and thus improve recovery times for patients. An added bonus is the fact that the O-Arm greatly reduces the amount of radiation to which surgeons, anesthetists and OR nurses are exposed, which translates into a safer working environment and longer careers. “Recently I operated on a patient with a complex spine fracture that took five hours to complete, but with the O-Arm, that surgery would be about two hours shorter.” With surgeons like Dr. Neil Manson at the ready for the community, it’s no wonder that Saint John Regional is Always On. Always Awake. Here, for you.
ENDOWED FUNDS: A LASTING LEGACY OF CARE Endowing a sizeable gift to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation creates more than a legacy; it makes an impact that reflects the donor’s wishes and has an important effect on their area of interest, forever. When donations are endowed, they are held in perpetuity, invested for growth, and the annual income results in an increased disbursement to the donor’s area of interest each and every year. Endowments are truly the gift that keeps on giving. Here is a story about the impact one family is making to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation every day. To respect their wish for anonymity, we will call them John and Susan.. Born and raised in Saint John, John and Susan attended the same high school, but did not socialize together. It wasn’t until both had graduated that they renewed their acquaintance. It didn’t take long for them to realize that they were meant to be together. They were married for more than 50 years. Susan was a nurse at Saint john General Hospital and never lost her love for her profession, or her pride in her particular nursing specialty. When their children were successfully established on their own, John and Susan decided to establish an Endowment Fund at Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, specifically to provide advanced educational opportunities for nurses in the same specialized program that Susan had been in. They established the Endowment Fund through donations of their own, and when Susan passed away, donations from friends and family were directed to the fund as well. Later, when the family settled Susan’s estate, they found that a sizeable tax payment was levied against their mother’s Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF). The tax had to be paid but the family offset this tax by donating an equivalent amount in the RRIF to the Fund at the Foundation. The sizeable yearly income from that Fund will now be used, in perpetuity, for the continuing education of nurses in that specialty. To Susan’s family, the establishment and continued support of an Endowment Fund makes good sense for a number of reasons. Most importantly, it allows dedicated nursing professionals the opportunity to increase their knowledge, and bring that knowledge back to share with their colleagues. It is also a lasting tribute to a loving wife and mother. And it means so much to the nursing staff to know that they are able to gain additional skills through the educational experiences provided by a donor to the Foundation. For more information about establishing an Endowment Fund in an area of the hospital which is particularly meaningful to you and your family, please contact Catherine Hinton, Vice-President Philanthropy, at (506) 648-7566.
A MESSAGE FROM JEFF MCALOON Welcome to Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation’s new newsletter, “Inspired Care”. To be published twice a year, this newsletter is one of the ways in which the Foundation is working to keep our donors aware of how your contributions are helping patient care at Saint John Regional Hospital. The Foundation takes its commitment to donors seriously, as evidenced by the recent successful negotiations with the provincial government to ensure that donations continue to be directed where donors want them to go. Thank you for supporting us so vocally during the discussion process; your voice made a big difference. We will always honour our donors’ trust. We also take our commitment to Saint John Regional Hospital very seriously. All of the items funded under the Foundation’s five Pillars of Care – high-tech medical equipment, mental wellbeing (MindCare), research, medical education and patient comfort – have been identified as priority needs by the Hospital. In this newsletter, you will find stories about some of the priority needs for this year that the Foundation will be funding, thanks to the generosity of donors like you. If you have any questions about the information within the newsletter, or would like to find out more about any of the topics, please don’t hesitate to contact the Foundation. We would also like to have your feedback about the newsletter! You are important to us, so please take a moment to let us know what you think. With best wishes,
Jeff McAloon President and CEO
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS 2014-15 BY THE NUMBERS In 2014-15, through the support of our community, our foundation generated revenues of more than $5 million.
REVENUES Donations Gaming (net) Investment Income
$3,261,397 $1,140,157 $644,821 $5,046,375
Added to Endowments Restricted Programs Unrestricted Programs
$455,304 $31,597 $268,162 $755,063
DISBURSEMENTS Gifts to Horizon Health Fundraising and Other Administration
$2,548,126 $1,155,337 $587,849 $4,291,312
GRANTS Capital Equipment Patient Care & Comfort Scholarships & Bursaries Conferences & Education Research Therapeutic Programs
$1,631,109 $228,553 $271,250 $163,472 $158,165 $95,577 $2,548,126
DATES TO REMEMBER The Foundation has several events scheduled as we begin the countdown to the end of 2015! If you would like more information on any of the events listed, please contact Natasha Jordan, our Event Coordinator, at (506) 635-1464. August 27th Saint Andrews Donor Tea September 12th Dalhousie Medical Student’s Society (DMSS) Charity Golf Classic – golfers welcome!
DID YOU KNOW? IN THESE WALLS WE HAVE:
September 12th Lana Sherwood Memorial Toy Run.
# of Beds= 445 # of Doctors= 353 # of Employees= 3,350
September 12th Walk of Life for Cardiac Rehabilitation.
IN A YEAR THERE ARE:
September 14th Chairman’s Council Reception for past Foundation Board Members
• Births= • Total Admissions = • Oncology Admissions = • Paediatrics Admissions = • Neurology Admissions = • New Bruswick Heart Centre =
1,637 16,988 508 Inpatients 1,065 1,054 2,163
OUR LAB IS: • Centre of Stem Cell • Level 3 Biosafety • New Born Registry
• Forensic Pathology • Forensic Toxicology • Molecular Diagnostics
September 17th Prostate Cancer Canada’s Wake Up Call breakfast. September 26th Fundy Trail Cancer Walk. October 2nd OH! OCTOBER! Designer Chair Auction and cocktail reception presented by Judith Mackin and Tuck Studios – only 100 tickets available! October 21st Donor Recognition Dinner November 7th Irving Oil Teddy Bear Fair
In a month we do over 300,000 exams/procedures and our laboratory receives up to 5,000 samples on any given day.
December 31st Last day to donate for a 2015 income tax receipt February 11, 2016 4th Annual Love Your Hospital Radiothon
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Charitable Registration Number: BN 119132363 RR0001.