CMH Angels of Care Campaign is underway

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For 14 consecutive years, the Campbellford Memorial Hospital Foundation has hosted their annual Angels of Care Campaign to support the advancement of care for the thousands of patients treated at CMH each year. This year, the campaign is underway in hopes of raising $300,000 toward replacing the hospital’s Cardiac Telemetry System (CTS).

Cardiac telemetry is a way of monitoring a patient’s heart, blood pressure and amount of oxygen in the blood. If an inpatient or emergency patient requires monitoring, a nurse will apply various sensors to their body such as a blood pressure cuff on the arm, an oxygen monitor on the finger and electrocardiogram leads on the chest. The blood pressure cuff will inflate periodically, and the other leads will transmit data to a monitor at the bedside and to a monitoring station.

A cardiac telemetry unit continuously transmits data, such as heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure to a monitoring station. Medical staff monitor the vital signs and are able to respond to any changes that signal potential problems.

CMH’s current telemetry system is aging and has limited patient monitoring capacity, but by investing in a new, modern system, the hospital’s inpatient and emergency departments will be better equipped for immediate treatment and monitoring.

Over 80 per cent of inpatients at the Campbellford Memorial Hospital are 65+ years of age with heart issues being among the top reasons for emergency department visits and admissions.

“Right now, CMH has an urgent need for the new Cardiac Telemetry Monitoring System; a machine that can save lives,” said Campbellford Memorial Hospital chief of staff Dr. Bruce Bain. “Purchasing a new Telemetry System is an urgently needed investment, and as I’m sure you can imagine, when cardiac issues arise, every moment counts.”

With a total goal of $500,000 for a new cardiac telemetry system, and the Angels of Care campaign striving for $300,000 of the needed funds, Dr. Bain kicked off the campaign with a generous donation of $10,000 and encourages the community to support this worthwhile effort.

Each year, more than 42,000 people are treated at the Campbellford Memorial Hospital. CMH is not financially supported by the provincial government and relies solely on community support to help make critical services and medical equipment available.

Residents interested in supporting the 2020 Angels of Care campaign or learning more are encouraged to contact John Russell at 705-632-2014 or jrussell@cmh.ca.

Donations to the Angels of Care campaign can be made by credit, debit or e-transfer by calling 705-653 1140 ext. 2014 or securely online at givetocmh.ca

Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer