The Spring 2018 Foundation Report

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“ I have the greatest respect for the doctors,

nurses, orderlies and the other people who are there to help. - Bob Edwards

An August morning felt like the perfect time to do a bit of cleanup around the cottage. Bob Edwards went up on a ladder to clean off the roof while his wife, Pam, supervised. Pam went inside to make lunch while Bob was finishing up. As he reached for one last pinecone, he slipped from the ladder, fell and screamed. “My neighbour later told me it was the most blood-curdling scream he’d ever heard,” said Bob with a shudder.

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“I knew from my past first-aid training that I shouldn’t try to move,“ recalls Bob. “All I could think about as I was lying there was that I’d ruined everything.” Bob and Pam had been planning a trip to Scotland. Even in his state of shock, Bob couldn’t help but feel that this fall would change their plans.

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Pam called 911 and Bob remained where he’d fallen on the ground until help arrived.

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT Thank you to our donors, sponsors and volunteers, you make it possible! Donations to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation have made it possible for more than $160,000 to be granted to Cancer Research at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) in 2017. These grants will help our caregivers advance their research and treatment in areas such as colorectal cancer, melanoma, lung and bladder cancer, and radiation treatment for cancer patients. Thanks to donors like you, we have innovative, world-class care and treatment options available to us right here in Kingston! We are working hard to ensure that this trend continues as we strive to achieve the support required for the redevelopment projects at KHSC’s KGH site and Providence Care’s long-term care home, Providence Manor.

Denise Cumming, UHKF President and CEO

You are helping to create ground-breaking and innovative, new spaces that benefit everyone in our community. On behalf of patients, clients, residents, their families and caregivers, thank you!

PROVIDENCE CARE: DONATIONS @ WORK Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Providence Care was recently able to purchase a new piece of equipment. The NESS L300 Plus is an innovative technology that utilizes functional electrical stimulation (FES). By stimulating specific muscles and nerves this equipment can be used to help patients recover from a variety of neurological conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. This equipment can be used to re-educate the muscles of both the upper and lower extremities, reduce muscle loss, maintain range of motion and increase blood circulation. When used for the upper extremities, this electrical stimulation helps the patient to regain the grasp and release motion of the hand. “As a physiotherapist, it can be a struggle to provide full support to a patient’s arm while the patient attempts to perform a functional task, such as holding and drinking from a cup. This equipment allows the patient to hold the cup securely which allows the therapist to focus on the support and movement of the arm as a whole; this makes the therapy more meaningful for our patients.” - Mary Jo Demers, Professional Practice Leader for Physiotherapy, Providence Care pg. 2 | SPRING 2018

When the equipment is used for the lower extremities, it can help patients improve their walking ability. The equipment provides electrical stimulation to the lower leg and foot and a thigh cuff is used to provide greater knee stability; this helps the patient to improve speed and stability and can prevent and/or reduce falls. This innovative equipment will help patients with their activities of daily living which plays a major role in rehabilitation and recovery. This would not be possible without donors like you.

DONOR SUPPORT HELPS LAUNCH NEW RESEARCH STUDY IN KINGSTON Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat. It can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other issues. Affecting 350,000 Canadians each year, AF accounts for a significant number of Emergency Department visits. What if you could substantially reduce your risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) by simply modifying your lifestyle? There is emerging evidence to suggest that by managing risk factors, through lifestyle modifications, we can reduce our risk of cardiovascular complications and prevent AF. Right here in Kingston, we have a multidisciplinary project team at Providence Care Hospital that includes physicians, a physiotherapist, psychologist, nutritionists and an arrhythmia nurse and is the first of its kind. The team’s overall goal is to reduce the symptoms associated with atrial fibrillation and the rate of hospitalization. Through inpatient assessments and the development of lifestyle modification routines, this unique patient-centered approach aims to implement behavioural change and clinical services to evaluate long-term outcomes. “Our aim is to design an effective intervention to target established risk factors which are potentially amenable and even reversible through lifestyle-focused interventions.” - Dr. Benedict Glover, Chief of Heart Rhythm Service, Assistant Professor, Cardiology Queen’s University

It was donors like the W. J. Henderson Foundation and you that made it possible for this research project to receive a $500,000 grant from the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. This research is being done in partnership with the Queen’s Heart Rhythm Association and the KHSC’s W.J. Henderson Centre for Patient-Oriented Research.

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KGH SITE REDEVELOPMENT: EMERGENCY DEPT. Our Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recently announced that the government would be supporting the redevelopment project at KHSC’s KGH site. The government support will cover 90% of the building costs and it is expected that the local share will cover 10% of the building costs and 100% of equipment costs. This project is a massive undertaking. A new eight-storey building will house a new Emergency Department, Labour and Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Clinical Laboratories, Data Centre and new Operating Suites. “We want to provide our patients – particularly those who are vulnerable, who are frail, who are older – with a better experience of Emergency Department care.” - Dr. Messenger, Department Head Emergency Medicine, KHSC

senior-friendly, incorporating modern design that will allow us to see patients more efficiently and quickly, as well as improve privacy for patients and families. KHSC is the Trauma Centre for southeastern Ontario and the new space will include bigger trauma bays which will allow our healthcare teams to provide better life-saving care in the moments that matters the most. Our new Emergency Department will include a state-of-the-art satellite imaging suite which will allow for patients to undergo diagnostic tests such as x-rays without ever having to leave the department. Gifts from donors like you can help us bring this project to life, making a significant impact on the lives of our friends and family in the Kingston community.

The new Emergency Department will be double the size of our current space, allowing us to better meet the emergency care needs of southeastern Ontario. The new space will be more patient-friendly and



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certainly gratifying to see Bob have such a great outcome, especially for “ It’ssuch a severe injury. It is a testament to his hard work and determination. ” - Dr. Jeff Yach, Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedics

Continued from pg. 1... Luckily the ambulance arrived within 30 minutes and took Bob to KHSC’s KGH site. When Bob arrived at the KGH Emergency Department he was quickly taken for x-rays. It was soon discovered that when Bob fell, he had fractured his pelvis and left hip socket! “I was shattered,” Pam said. “I thought at the worst he’s maybe broken, bruised or damaged his hip.” A resident physician came in to give Bob some pain medication. Pam said he stayed and chatted with Bob about baseball and the prospect of the Blue Jays winning the World Series. It pleased her to

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see the young doctor taking an interest in Bob and helping to take his mind off the pain. Before leaving that day, Pam was advised to return early in the morning to see Bob before he went in for surgery. When she returned at 6 a.m. the next day, she was informed that Bob was heading in for an extensive surgery that would likely take all day. After, his surgeon Dr. Jeff Yach explained to Pam that the surgery had gone well but that it was a serious injury with an expected lengthy rehabilitation. He assured her that the goal was for Bob to be back doing all of the things he was able to do before he fell. He left Pam feeling relieved and confident that Bob was going to be just fine.

Bob and Pam are from Burlington and he was transferred to Joseph Brant Hospital where he spent two weeks before going to Wellington Park Community Centre for thirteen weeks of rehabilitation. When Bob was able to travel again, the couple returned to their cottage in Gananoque and went to the KGH site to visit Dr. Yach to show him how well he had had recovered. He really could do everything he did before the fall. Thrilled with the care they received from Dr. Yach and his team, Bob and Pam made a generous donation to UHKF. Every day donors are making a positive impact on the lives of patients and families in this community. You can too. Visit

WELCOME TO KINGSTON SASKIA Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the UHKF team, Saskia Ages.

Saskia Ages, Associate Director, Gift Planning

Saskia is joining us in the role of Associate Director, Gift Planning and comes to us with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Saskia’s work will focus on estate and other planned gifts which provide opportunity for donors to create a meaningful legacy of their affiliation with our hospitals.

Saskia’s portfolio will also include tax planning related to charitable giving. You can reach Saskia at our Rideau Street office at 613-549-5452, ext. 5910 or at

JOIN THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS The UHKF Board is accepting applications for Directors. The Board is seeking candidates with extensive knowledge of health care, such as retired physicians or nurses. Contact Debbie Broome at 613-549-6666, ext. 8138 or

DID YOU KNOW... You can decide how often we contact you and what kind of materials we send. Call Jacqueline at 613-549-5452, ext. 5912 to update your contact preferences!

SEE YOUR IMPACT IN HEALTHCARE FIRST-HAND! Join UHKF for a McCoy Passport to Healthcare Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at the laboratories at Kingston General Hopital, surgical suites at Hotel Dieu Hospital, and Providence Manor. Call 613-549-5452 to book your seat today!



In January, the UHKF CEO and Board office moved to the Victory 2 wing of KHSC’s KGH site. You can reach this office by calling 613-549-6666, ext. 8138 or by asking the KGH switchboard to connect you with the Foundation.

Your feedback is valuable to us. We encourage you to take a moment to give us your feedback on the enclosed survey. By hearing from you we can improve and better meet the needs of donors like you.

This new in-hospital location will provide opportunities for our team to respond more quickly to requests for assistance from donors who are at the hospital. From Stuart Street, you can find us by entering through the “old front entrance.” UHKF is the fifth door on the right, down the hallway. UHKF also has offices at 55 Rideau Street, KHSC’s Hotel Dieu Hospital site (Sydenham 2), as well as at Providence Care’s Providence Care Hospital (main lobby) and Providence Manor (Administration wing) sites. Please stop in and say “hello” if you are near any of our sites. We’d love to see you!

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