Our incredible Women In Philanthropy members work year-round to raise funds for QCH Foundation. And, on December 7th they gathered for a very special virtual meeting to vote on the projects they would like to fund with the $54,520 they had raised in 2021.
After hearing about the importance of the Electronic Vital Signs Monitors to patient care, the members voted to purchase seven of the devices for the QCH Emergency Department.
This essential piece of equipment monitors and records a patient’s blood pressure, pulse, temperature and oxygen saturation levels and then the information is uploaded directly to the patient’s electronic medical chart so the healthcare team can access and review the results in real-time.
Brian Smith,Clinical Director, Emergency, Outpatient Rehab, Virtual Care, Ambulatory Care, Therapeutics, and the COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre on Moodie, joined Fiona Slater, Clinical Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department, Shannon Gorman, QCH Foundation President & CEO, and Nadine Fowler, QCH Foundation VP Philanthropy, to receive the generous donation on behalf of Women In Philanthropy members.
“We are so grateful for the QCH Foundation Women In Philanthropy members who recognize that Vital Signs Monitors in the ED are vital to the work we are doing. This piece of equipment is used over 400 times a day in our department,” explains Brian Smith. “New machines mean safer, more efficient care that benefits both the patient and nursing staff.”
One of the key features is that these machines have the ability to send data directly to the electronic health record leaving more time for the nurse to spend with patients at the bedside. The new machines also assist nurses in identifying early signs of critical health issues through the use of NEWS2, a National Early Warning System.
Congratulations to the Women in Philanthropy members who have inspired positive change in our community through their collective efforts.
If you would like to join this impressive group of community builders and help transform healthcare in our community, please click on the link below to learn more about Women In Philanthropy.