Mattresses will be used for the critically ill
Four new mattresses have found their way to 100 Mile House.
- BRENDAN KYLE JURE
- Jul. 25, 2019 2:00 p.m.
100 Mile and District Hospital has received four new specialized mattress, two of two different types, due to fundraising efforts of the South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD).
“I’m just really pleased we were able to support the foundation and their continued work for the hospital,” said Al Richmond, vice-chair of the CCRHD. “I know people think they’re worth a lot of money but it’s high tech and it keeps people comfortable.”
The four mattresses were under $40,000 in total.
Chris Nickless, chair of the SCHF, said the most asked question they have gotten about the mattresses is regarding the cost and why the SCHF didn’t purchase them from somewhere like Sealy Canada.
“They don’t realize how high tech they are and how important they are,” he said.
Brenda Devine, SCHF’s public relations person, chipped in, saying the mattresses were usually for critically ill people.
Two of the mattresses are gel-based, while the other two are motorized air-filled with special functions, allowing for heat control, pulsing and the ability to turn its occupant.
“The other thing too, I think, is just a reminder for everyone to realize everything we raise in this community stays here,” said Devine.
Nickless jumped in, saying the SCHD was formed for exactly that same reason.
“Prior to the foundation being former, any money people donated to the 100 Mile Hospital or to Interior Health (IH), it could go to Trail, it could go to Kelowna, it could go to Kamloops, it could go anywhere IH services and we recognized people want the money to stay here, so bu donating to the foundation, it keeps money here.”
“Our mattress inventory has aged and the many years of use have taken their toll”
In with the new, out with the old.
The Hospice at the 100 Mile and District Hospital is receiving four new specialized mattresses, thanks to joint funding from the South Cariboo Health Foundation and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District.
“Our mattress inventory has aged and the many years of use have taken their toll,” said Tracy Haddow, executive director of the 100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society. “Two of our gel mattresses are no longer usable and two of their air style are failing.”
These new mattresses will help reduce the risk and management of potential bed sores.
“Some mattresses are gel-based and some are motorized air-filled with special functions such as heat control, pulsing and the ability to turn the person,” said Haddow. “These mattresses greatly improve comfort.”
Chris Nickless, chair of the South Cariboo Health Foundation, said the foundation is grateful of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Hospital District for their financial assistance with the project, as well as the donors who continue to assist in supporting the needs of the Hospice, Fischer Place and Mill Site Lodge.
According to Haddow, the cost of the mattresses was approximately $37,000.
The 100 Mile Hospice supports members of the community who are living with life-threatening illnesses and the families that care for them. The Hospice is able to help people advance in their illness through the lendings of specialized equipment.
One of the new mattresses will be on display at the Seniors Resource Fair at the South Cariboo Rec Centre in 100 Mile House on June 20.
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The chair reclines, rocks, plays music, and has programs for relaxation, anxiety and restlessness
The South Cariboo Health Foundation had a successful Starry Nights fundraiser this year, purchasing a Nordic wellness chair with the proceeds as planned.
The Wellness Nordic Relax Chair, which cost $16,000, was donated to the Fischer Place/Mill Site Lodge (FPMSL) about three weeks ago.
“It’s the only one we have and it’s probably not something we would have been able to have without the foundation,” said Karen Brunoro, manager for long-term services at FPMSL. “It’s a wonderful tool and we’re really pleased to have it.”
The chair, recently made available in North America, is very helpful for residents, particularly those with dementia, said Brunoro.
She said the chair reclines, rocks, plays soothing music and has several programs to help with relaxation, anxiety, and restlessness.
“We’re having great success with it now since we put it to use,” said Brunoro. “The staff love it. They’re finding it really, really helpful in providing care.”
The chair is in use multiple times per day, Brunoro added.
“Right now we’re moving it as we need it, as we only have the one and the four different areas,” she said. “I know our staff would love to have more, but we’re lucky to have this one.”
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Large crowd captivated by history, entertaining speakers
Carole Rooney (photos by Carole Rooney)
Many memories and laughs were sparked at the 100 Mile District General Hospital (OMH) 50th Anniversary Celebration Tea on July 22, which attracted a good turnout from the community.
Master of ceremonies, Interior Health (IH) acute care health service director Barb Tymchuk, welcomed the crowd packed into the South Cariboo Health Centre cafeteria, and noted some major changes made to the hospital since 1966.
“Over the past 50 years, the hospital has had major changes to both the building and the services offered.
“OMH is truly a flagship model with all of the services [provided] under one roof, and what’s even more impressive is the community spirit and the commitment to this hospital, and so I applaud everyone.”
Tymchuk, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett and many of the other guest speakers commended the fundraising and volunteers that helped found, develop and equip the health centre during the past half century.
“I had the privilege of being a patient in the hospital [back] when there were 36 beds and one doctor,” said Barnett.
“You know, it was like going on a holiday [she joked], if you could get a touch of pneumonia, you could get in here for three weeks, full service … it was wonderful.”
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Barb Tymchuk, Acute Health Service Director for the Cariboo, says the urology program put into place at 100 Mile District General Hospital last fall is a real benefit to Cariboo residents and the feedback is very positive.
“People are happy with the program close to home. We currently have 21 patients being treated.
“The physicians are happy with the program, too, and are glad to come here. They like the state-of-the-art equipment available to them here, the closeness of the staff and the community as a whole.” Continue reading Partnership working well for patients and doctors
Chris Nickless leads South Cariboo Health Foundation.
Looking for out-of-town director to help serve ‘entire community’
For the past 14 years, The South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) has served 100 Mile House and area by purchasing or helping to purchase health-care equipment and fund related projects.
The 2016 executive includes chair Chris Nickless, vice-chair Mary Shennum and secretary/treasurer Lynda Lewis.
Nickless has been with SCHF for more than 10 years, and he is looking forward to his position of chair for such a worthwhile organization.
“Mary [Shennum] did a fantastic job as chair, her background and experience in the health industry really was a benefit to the foundation, Nickless says, adding he appreciates the continuity of having her as chair for the past five years.
“I’m sorry she is stepping down, but very happy and relieved that she will continue on as vice-chair.”
Nickless says the foundation would welcome more directors. He adds the SCHF would enjoy having more people from surrounding areas.
“The more representation from different areas the better to serve the entire community.”
Understanding a lot of people lead busy lives, Nickless says the foundation also has Friends of the Foundation.
“If people want to be involved, but don’t want to be committed to meetings they are welcome to join Friends of the Foundation. Some people don’t necessarily want to sit on a board, but they do want to help out at different events, and we appreciate the help.”
The SCHF holds a lot of fundraisers during the year, including the upcoming Studio 2 Studio in the early fall and Starry Nights in the winter.
Folks who want more information are encouraged to talk with any foundation director, check out the website at www.southcariboohealth.com, or call Nickless at 250-791-6616.