ISSUE 02 SPRING 2016
ANGELIQUE’S STORY Long-time donors may remember the story of Angélique Simpson, the young woman who was involved in a car accident in 2012 that could have left her paralyzed or even dead. Angélique and her husband, Kevin, were driving home late one November evening and encountered an abandoned Christmas tree in the middle of the dark highway. They swerved to avoid it, causing their vehicle to roll several times and sending the metal windshield frame smashing toward Angélique’s head. Three vertebrae in her upper neck were shattered.
After a long rehabilitation period, Angélique is back to living the life she loves outdoors – running, skiing and boating. “I have to keep up my physiotherapy, but life is finally back to normal.” Normal took on a new meaning for Angélique and Kevin this past fall. After long delays relating to Angélique’s injuries, they welcomed their first child, Amelia, into the world in September 2015. Angélique’s pregnancy brought her back to the Regional, to a new group of physicians and clinical staff in a different section of the hospital. “There were concerns early on,” Angélique explains. “Amelia had a single umbilical artery, increasing the risk of certain defects, so I was monitored closely. We had several ultrasounds, but Dr. Satya and Dr. Sanderson were right beside us the whole way, offering information and encouragement. I was almost sick with worry, but I knew I was in very good hands.” Amelia was born just one week early, but labour also wasn’t straightforward. Angélique needed an emergency C-section. Again, all the necessary expertise and equipment were at the ready.
Angélique was rushed to the Regional, where ER physician Dr. Howlett called for back-up. It was the middle of the night, but neurosurgeon Dr. Attabib arrived on the scene almost immediately. He determined that emergency surgery was required and Angélique spent almost eight hours having a titanium rod and five screws installed to put her upper spine back together. “There’s no question – without the Regional, I would be in a wheelchair or quite possibly dead,” Angélique says, recounting her story with both emotion and gratitude. “As a young person, I didn’t really think about the hospital existing for me, but there I was – suddenly at the complete mercy of its staff and equipment. Dr. Attabib saved my life. It’s as simple as that. To me, the fact that someone with his expertise was available to me, right here in New Brunswick, is nothing short of a miracle.”
“Dr. Colford and the delivery team saved my baby. My nurse, Linda Parks, gave me the courage I needed to face the C-section and I’ll forever remember anaesthetist Dr. Alugo talking me through the procedure and bringing Amelia up to my face so I could give her kisses as they stitched me up.” Amelia is now seven months old and everyone is doing extremely well. She’s a happy, busy little baby. It’s been over three years since the car accident, and Angélique and Kevin look back in awe and appreciation at how their lives have changed. “One constant through this journey has been the Saint John Regional Hospital. I would not be living this life – this full and capable life – without the support of the physicians and staff there. They have helped me achieve so, so much. I wish I could tell every New Brunswicker my story, so they would know what a treasure our hospital is. The Regional truly is always awake, always on, and here for us when we need it most.”
YOU DID IT! RADIO-THON GOES OVER $200,000 GOAL! Thursday, February 11th was a day unlike any other at the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, as we celebrated the Love Your Hospital Radio-thon 2016! Acadia Broadcasting stations Country 94 and 97.3 The Wave broadcast live from the hospital from 6 am until 6 pm and featured stories from patients and healthcare professionals in their own words. Listeners called in, made donations and had their personal messages of why they love their hospital read on air. Our community rose to the matching gift challenge presented by Potash Corporation and the Dowd and Hovey Families on behalf of Somerset Investments, and thanks to the numerous community groups, hospital staff members, businesses and individuals who donated, our 4th Annual Love Your Hospital raised over $200,000 in 20 days. Volunteers who answered the phones were brought to tears at times by the heartwarming stories they heard from grateful patients and family members, and by overwhelmingly generous donations from the community and across the province. Hospital staff and physicians touch the lives of patients and families during milestone moments in their lives, and every kindness is remembered and appreciated.
A MESSAGE FROM JEFF MCALOON Being part of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation is truly a privilege. Every day I get to hear from patients and family members about how our very talented Saint John Regional Hospital staff and physicians treat with care and skill. As patients ourselves, my family has also experienced this compassion and care first hand. I see the passion that our physicians, administrative leaders, and clinical staff pour into their desire to provide an excellent patient experience. I get to hear staff talk about new programs, training, research, and pieces of equipment that will help them continue to excel in providing leading-edge health care. I am excited at the role our donors have played, and will continue to play, in attracting top new clinical talent to our region, and in offering continuing opportunities to excel in the care we are able to provide for our community. It is almost impossible to convey the enormity of the difference that you and other Foundation donors have made to the Saint John Regional Hospital through your support. The recent purchase of the “O-Arm” for our Orthopaedic and Neurosurgeons is the most recent example of the power you have to change the course of health care in our community.
$200,000 in twenty days seemed like a weighty target in early January, but thanks to donors like you, this year we set a new record for this event, raising $200,450! It wouldn’t have been possible without the combined efforts of every single donor, working together to achieve such tremendous success. On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Foundation as well as the many patients who will benefit from the funds raised, THANK YOU for your generosity, we couldn’t have done it without you!
But your power is not limited to the purchase of one piece of equipment. Your gifts have created opportunities for research that have been directly applied to patient care; for staff education that improves skills, patient care and staff morale; for mental wellness projects throughout the province that provide support and treatment for those with mental health issues; and for patient comfort items that make the overall patient experience more comfortable. There are few areas of the Hospital that have not benefited from your generosity, and the entire community is the better for it. I hope you enjoy the latest issue of our “Inspired Care” newsletter. If you have any questions about the newsletter or the Foundation, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It is your generosity that powers the Foundation, and your input is always welcomed. Sincerely,
Jeff McAloon President and CEO
Back row: Dr. Emile Paras (pediatrician), Dr. David Meek (Pediatric Neurology), Dr. Mark Nicholson (pediatrician) , Dr. Todd Lambert (Clinical academic head of pediatrics), Dr. Sarah Gander (Pediatrician), Dr. Luis Monterrosa (Neonatologist) Front row: Dr. Marianne McKenna (pediatrician) , Dr. Annie Murphy-Savoie (Developmental Pediatrician)
CHANGING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES Born and raised in Saint John, Dr. Todd Lambert had a variety of summer jobs working with children and mental health patients as a teenager, but there was never any question of what he wanted to do when he grew up; medicine was always his ambition, and pediatrics, in particular, was his main interest. “I enjoyed science, and luckily, I was good at it,” he explains, “and I became more and more intrigued after my father was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia.” A student athlete, Dr. Lambert won a hockey scholarship to Middlebury College in Vermont where he majored in Chemistry and Classical Civilization before moving on to Medical School at Memorial University. Sports are still an important component of his life and he keeps busy coaching one of his three sons’ hockey team, running and doing triathlons to keep fit. “I tell my sons that sports teach us to be focused and determined, and to work hard – all necessary life skills.”
Dr. Lambert is proud of the team of pediatric specialists who work together at the Saint John Regional Hospital to take care of their young patients. “All of the health professionals who work in the Pediatrics Department are passionate about the work they do, and are giving us the means we need to move forward in providing top quality inpatient and outpatient services. Pediatric care is really whole family care; when a child is sick, the whole family is distracted and regular routines fall apart. Our work affects every member of the family.” This collaborative, highly caring group of health professionals are deeply invested in the community and excited to work with the Foundation and its donors in the coming year to raise funds to benefit patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatrics Department. Funds raised through The Give 2016 will provide new technology, fund new research, assist with patient comfort, offer better resources for patients with mental health issues, and provide staff with educational opportunities.
RAISING THE BAR ON PEDIATRIC AND FAMILY CARE ACROSS THE FIVE PILLARS As a donor to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, your generosity enables our staff and physicians to constantly increase their knowledge, skill, and ability, to provide first-class healthcare. Gifts to the Foundation help to continuously update programs and services through our five Pillars of Care: high-tech equipment, research, patient comfort, education, and mental wellbeing. That’s why we are delighted to offer you a sneak preview of the focus of The Give 2016, and invite you to join us at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 13th in the SJRH Light Court for the official Community Launch of the Campaign. This year, the focus of The Give is on Pediatrics, because when a child is unwell, so is their entire family. Just some of the items requiring urgent funding include:
• State-of-the-art bedside monitoring systems for Pediatrics and for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. • An Emergency Transport for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit who require life-saving surgery. • Medfusion Pumps to deliver medication dosages, with absolute precision, to the smallest babies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. • Sleeping chairs, pediatric hospital beds and infant and child-sized high-resolution simulation training monitors. • A Snoezlen cart used to provide sensory stimulation that will help calm children and help manage certain mental illnesses. • Education opportunities for Pediatric Nurses to attend additional training and bring back the information to train their co-workers. • Critical research initiatives to help combat child poverty in Saint John and throughout the region.
DATES TO REMEMBER For more information on any of the following events, please call the Foundation at (506) 648-6400 or visit our website at www.sjrhf.ca/events
April 9th Investors Group Skate to Care, 9 am – 2 pm, Q-Plex April 13th Launch of The Give 2016 – 11 am Light Court, Saint John Regional Hospital April 16th Good Medicine Café – 10 am, Saint John Regional Hospital Cafeteria July 9th Good Medicine Café – 10 am, Saint John Regional Hospital Cafeteria August 13th Mardi Gras for MindCare – Prince William Street September 10th DMNB Charity Golf Classic – Rockwood Golf Club September 10th Cardiac Rehab Walk of Life – Market Square September 24th – Fundy Trail Cancer Walk – St. Martins
With your help, we will provide support to patients and families in the Pediatrics Department and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit through The Give 2016, and improve the wellbeing of families throughout our community. If you would like further information about The Give 2016, please don’t hesitate to contact Stephanie Fox, Director of Philanthropy, at (506) 648-6400 or via email at Stephanie.Fox@HorizonNB.ca.
October 5th Donor Recognition Dinner, Saint John Regional Hospital Cafeteria October 7th “OH! October!” charity event October 15th Good Medicine Café – 10 am, Saint John Regional Hospital Cafeteria November 5th Irving Oil Teddy Bear Fair, 9 am – 3 pm, Saint John Regional Hospital
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