Projects

OPHTHALMIC SURGICAL MICROSCOPE

Do you care about eye care?

The Kitimat General Hospital Foundation (KGHF) does.

To help enable the three ophthalmologists in Terrace to continue to give the same level of care to patients from Kitimat, Terrace and other communities in the northwest region requiring eye surgeries, KGHF launched their "I CARE ABOUT EYE CARE' campaign in September, 2018. All funds raised from donations and grants in response to this campaign will be used to help purchase a new Ophthalmic Surgical Microscope. Only funds raised specifically for this project will be used to buy the microscope.

Over the last two years, the number of cataract surgeries at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace by Drs Nagy, Adante and Bricks has almost doubled. Many of these patients live in Kitimat. Perhaps, you, a family member or friend has had cataract surgery. Cataract development is the primary cause of progressive vision loss. Cataract surgery is the most common eye surgery, and as our population ages, the number of cataract surgeries is expected to continue to increase. An ophthalmic surgical microscope is essential for cataract and other eye surgeries. The current microscope is 15 years old and is currently supporting the work of 24 to 36 surgeries a week. With three surgeons, and an increased case load, a second instrument is required to support this expanding service. Having an expanded service and the latest technological instruments to support this service will allow patients in Kitimat and other communities in the Northwest to receive their eye care closer to home and avoid having to expend travel costs and time to have their surgery performed in more distant locations such as Prince George or Vancouver. The total cost of the new Leica M844 Ophthalmic Microscope is $195,143. The Dr. R.E.M. Lee Foundation in Terrace has committed to Raise $150,000 towards the purchase of the microscope. Northern Health will cover the remaining amount. The Dr. R.E.M. Lee Foundation has asked other hospital foundations in neighboring communities in the region to assist them in their effort to raise funds, as many patients from those communities will benefit from having the new microscope available to support eye surgeries.

The Kitimat General Hospital Foundation has agreed to provide $15,000 towards the purchase of the microscope by raising funds specifically through their "I CARE ABOUT EYE CARE" campaign, as eye surgeries are not available in Kitimat. Mills Memorial Hospital is the closest hospital for Kitimat residents to receive this service.

Join us as we help the R.E.M. Lee Hospital Foundation bring this much needed piece of equipment to our area. Contact our office at 250-632-8348, or mail in your donation today to Kitimat General Hospital Foundation, 920 Lahakas Boulevard S. Kitimat, BC V8C 2S3. Be sure to indicate that your donation is for our surgical microscope project.

HIGH FLOW OXYGEN EQUIPMENT

aka THE RUSTY MONTI CAMPAIGN

When Rusty Monti passed away in May 2018, his family wanted to honour his memory by fulfilling Rusty's wish to have high flow oxygen equipment available in the Emergency Department at the Kitimat General Hospital. The Monti family has been spearheading the fundraising effort and the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation is happy to support them on their journey. As a charitable organization, the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation is able to issue charitable receipts to the donors of this project.

The Monti Family has raised $6,415.00 of the $21,000.00 needed for this project. That's almost a 1/3 of the project!

Join the Monti Family and the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation to bring High Flow Oxygen Equipment to the Kitimat General Hospital.
Click on the "Donate Now" button located at the bottom of the page, contact our office at 250-632-8348, or mail in your donation to: Kitimat General Hospital Foundation, 920 Lahakas Blvd S. Kitimat, BC V8C 2S3. Please indicate the donation is for the Monti campaign.

Rusty Monti

Rusty was born and raised in Hillcrest, Alberta along with his 8 brothers and sisters. He moved to Kitimat in 1956 where he was employed by Alcan as a Crane Operator in the potlines and later specialized as a Gas/Steam Pipefitter. Shortly after arriving in Kitimat, he met his wife and best friend Barb. They were married on July 23, 1960. In 1963 they started their family and had three children. In 1996 the first of six grandchildren was born.

Rusty retired in 1993 to enjoy his favorite activities: fishing, hunting, curling, golf, and spending time with his family. He occupied many hours over the years at the golf and curling clubs volunteering his time to the maintenance of the facilities. Rusty is remembered for his positive approach, strong work ethic, and his dedication to helping others when needed.

Rusty will be missed by his family and friends, but we will keep the memories we have of him close to our hearts and do everything we can to help others in the community, just like Rusty did.

In memory of Rusty the family has chosen to create a foundation that will focus on fundraising for the Kitimat General Hospital & Health Centre and the community of Kitimat. Rusty’s final wish was for the hospital to have a High Flow Oxygen Machine so that future patients could stay in Kitimat for care, close to home and family.

(photo and biography provided by the Monti Family)

HIGH FLOW OXYGEN THERAPY

For more information on what High Flow Oxygen Therapy is and its benefits, please click on the button.

If you have a project that you would like to initiate that we may be able to support you with, please contact our office at 250-632-8348.

delta king place kitchen renovation

PROJECT UPDATE!

 Thanks to our generous donors the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation donated $20,000.00 towards the renovations of the kitchen facilities at Delta King Place. The renovations happened in the summer of 2018.

In January 2019 our members got a personal tour and were excited to hear how the renovations have impacted the staff and guests in such a positive way!

Thank you to our donors for joining us in completing this project!

Pictured (l-r) Rob Goffinet, Director KGHF; Karen Klepsch, Delta King Place Volunteer; Lucy Borges, Delta King Place Manager; Corinne Scott, Treasurer KGHF; Linda Thomson, Director KGHF, Margaret Sanou, President KGHF

Delta King Place, an assisted living facility for seniors and people living with disabilities, is run by a non-profit society, the Delta King Place Housing Society. It was originally built with a non-commercial kitchen and contracted out the food preparation for its residents.

Unfortunately, this initiative was very short lived as a contractor could not be found locally to provide meals for the residents. Consequently, the management hired its own kitchen staff to cook and prepare meals for the residents. Over the past ten years, the constant use of this kitchen facility, which was never intended for daily food preparation, has taken its toll. The kitchen is in dire need of an upgrade.

The cupboards have swelled and cracked due to the heat produced from a commercial dishwasher. The kitchen doesn't have a proper ventilation system so the air circulation is nearly non-existent. This makes it a difficult working environment for the culinary staff. Of urgent concern is a health report in October 2016 from Northern Health that stated that facility must address and correct these concerns to continue operating.

Delta King Place Society is, therefore, hoping to upgrade the kitchen facility at a cost of approximately $60,000, The upgrade will enable them to continue to provide daily nutritious meals to its residents and to support social engagement at the facility. This is essential to the health and well being of the residents.

  • upgrading the current particle cupboards and counter tops to commercial grade wood and stainless steel;
  • upgrading the current particle cupboards and counter tops to commercial grade wood and stainless steel;
  • installing a new stainless steel triple sink;
  • installing new commercial stainless steel range hoods and ducting for the new venting system;
  • upgrading systems to provide a heat pump to provide proper air circulation; 
  • and installing new resilient flooring.

Delta King Place has been fundraising with all the funds raised or donated going directly to the renovation project. The community has responded positively to their efforts. The Kitimat General Hospital Foundation has committed $20,000 to the project so far.

obstretics and gynEcology examination table

The new Ritter 223 Gynecology Examination Table will facilitate easier, safer, more efficient gynecological examinations for patients of our visiting gynecologist. It is a state of the art exam table that was designed in collaboration with physicians, disability experts and disability advocacy groups. One of the key goals of the design is to reduce the likelihood of distress and injury to patients who might have difficulty moving on and off industry standard box style examination tables.

Our new exam table will replace our aging box style exam table. Box style exam tables been the exam room standard for over 50 years. They are less accessible, less efficient and less comfortable than the Ritter 223 table which will likely become the new exam room standard.

Even with their step pulled out, the box style tables leave the patient's feet suspended resulting in an uncomfortable, unstable situation. The Ritter 223 is designed to allow patients to feel more stable and relaxed. The Ritter 223 has a powered height feature facilitated by a foot pedal that can lower the table to a minimum height of 18" (45.7 cm) from the floor and raise it to a maximum height of 37" (94 cm).
This will enable patients to sit on the table with their feet resting on the floor while they wait.

The power height feature will make it easier for all patients to get onto the table as it can be set at a height conducive to easy access for each patient. The power height feature will be especially appreciated by elderly patients and patients with disabilities. The table can be set at a height that allows patients to move easily from a wheelchair or walker onto the table. All patients will be able to move onto the table with no or minimum assistance from the physician or his staff. This will reduce the likelihood of medical staff straining their backs.

The power height feature also enables the physician to easily set the height of the table at a level that is optimum for performing the exam and for doing so in a manner that is comfortable for the physician and unlikely to put any undo strain on the physician's body.

Other features of the Ritter 223 Examination Table include: 

  • a power back system that enables the physician to place the patient in the optimal position for the exam;
  • a drawer that provides an area to store basic pelvic and examination supplies at the doctor's fingertips. It's fold-down front can also turn into a shelf, a design feature that makes the exam easier and more efficient for the doctor;
  • a drawer heater;
  • a padded top with a built-in pillow for patient comfort;
  • hideaway stirrups that lock into one of four positions;
  • foot extension shelves to extend the table length;
  • paper roll holders hidden under the headrest;
  • and storage for four paper rolls.

ULTRASOUND & EXAMINATION TABLE

PROJECT UPDATE!

Thanks to a generous grant by the P.A. Woodward Foundation, the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation was able to fully fund the new state-of-the-art ultrasound and examination table for the diagnositic imaging department at the Kitimat General Hospital.

The ultrasound arrived at the Kitimat General Hospital in the early summer of 2018 and was immediately put to use. Thank you to the P.A. Woodward Foundation for this grant!

More information about the P. A. Woodward Foundation, visit https://woodwardfoundation.ca.

TThe new Logiq E9 XD Clear Ultrasound is a state-of-the art, shared service ultrasound machine that will significantly improve patient care at Kitimat General Hospital. The unit has the capacity to provide superior imaging for radiology and vascular applications. It will expand the ultrasound services that have been available using our current old ultra sound machine. For example, the new ultrasound machine will enable staff to perform echocardigrams.

The new cutting edge machine uses advanced transducers with a single crystal, acoustic amplification and a cooling technology to improve image quality especially at deeper penetration where image quality typically faded.

The acquisition of this new technology by our hospital will:

  • shorten the wait-list, thereby providing faster diagnosis and faster treatment which will have a positive impact on ER and Acute Care services;
  • provide a wider range of examination options closer to home and support regional services;
  • help support the recruitment and retention of staff who are keen to work with current, up to date diagnostic equipment such as the Logiq E9 XD Clear;
  • equip the hospital to be a teaching site for ultrasound students completing their clinical practicums which will facilitate staff recruitment.
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