Capital Priorities

Help Us Be Equipped To Care

Every year, thousands of people from Mississippi Mills and neighbouring communities come to the Almonte General Hospital-Fairview Manor seeking expert medical care or treatment. And while Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provides hospitals' in the province with operating funds, the funding to purchase capital equipment lies with the community.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, the Almonte General Hospital-Fairview Manor Foundation is able to provide our hospital physicians and staff with state-of-the-art technology to enhance patient outcomes and care. While the list is ever changing and evolving, the following provides some examples of our hospital's current equipment needs.

If you would like more information about our Capital Priorities, please contact Carolyn Piché at 613-256-2514, extension 2296

Baby Weigh Scale $8,000

This scale is able to weigh babies at delivery and every 24 hours that they are in our unit. It has circulating warm air so that heat loss is minimal.

Labour & Delivery Bed $17,500

This bed is able to accommodate a labouring mother through to delivery. It has the ability to break apart when the lower half of the bed is not needed and also has comfortable foot pads and stirrups if needed. The bed is electric so that positioning of all parts is done easily and quickly to support patient comfort as well as obstetrical emergencies. In addition, the bed is equipped with the unit’s nurse call bell system integrated into the finger touch pad on the bed to support the patient with ease of access to the nurse call bell system.

Overhead Lights $15,000

At times extra lighting is needed in the labour room. The overhead light provides enhanced angled lighting to support better visibility of the patient for physicians, midwives and nurses.

Bladder Scanner $15,000

This device is like an ultrasound machine. With it we are able to look at the bladder to see how full it is. Without this piece of equipment we would have to insert a catheter into the bladder to get the same information.  This less invasive procedure reduces both patient anxiety and the potential risk of infections for patients.  In addition, the scanner is portable so it can easily be taken into any patient room in order to perform the procedure.

Storage for Resus & Triage $35,000

In emergency department resuscitation rooms and triage areas seconds can mean the difference between positive and negative outcomes. It is very important that equipment is stored in a highly organized way to ensure all emergency department staff can rapidly access equipment with ease. Storage space in the hospital’s emergency room is limited. This specialized storage equipment will strengthen how equipment is organized in the emergency department to support the provision of rapid emergency response.

Urethrotome $20,000

A urethrotome is the current best practice equipment used to most effectively and efficiently open up narrow urethral passages for individuals who are having difficulty urinating.  A delay in this procedure can cause an increase in bladder and kidney infections.

Laproscopic Equipment $6,800

Operations that can be done laparoscopically (done through small incisions in the abdomen) instead of an open incision generally decrease the patient’s recovery time and length of hospital stay.

Beds and Mattresses $26,000

Hospital beds and mattresses need to be in good condition to ensure patient comfort and safety, as well as staff safety. A quality assurance program is in place to identify beds and mattresses that require replacement each year.

Sit to Stand Lift $10,000

This lift helps to promote patients independence and physical functioning when they are transferred in and out of bed and to a chair. This lift encourages patients to use their own physical strength, in a way that helps to protect them, as well reduces the risk of back injuries for nursing staff

Tub Chair with Commode $12,000

This is a specialized chair that supports the safe transfer of a patient into a tub and can also be used as a portable toilet for patients that are unable to weight bear and transfer safely onto a toilet.

Recliner Bike $4,000

A recumbent bicycle is a bicycle that places the rider in a laid-back reclining position. Most recumbent riders choose this type of design for ergonomic reasons; the rider’s weight is distributed comfortably over a larger area, supported by back and buttocks. On a traditional upright bicycle, the body weight rests entirely on a small portion of the sitting bones, the feet, and the hands.

Hilo Beds and Mattresses $6,000

These beds and therapeutic surfaces help to heal residents with moderate to severe skin breakdown and/or pressure ulcers.  They are also used to prevent the development of such problems for those identified on admission as high risk.  The remotes and half rails promote independence and improve safety as they can be programmed to alert staff that there is a potential problem:  i.e. a resident with significant fall risk is attempting to get up unassisted (alarm sounds and rings to staff pagers).

Sit to Stand Lift $5,500

This type of lift is freestanding and can be moved from room to room including to and from bathrooms.  It is an essential rehabilitative piece of equipment that allows maximum independence for residents who cannot stand unsupported for long enough periods to accomplish some tasks such as toileting.  Residents’ feet are placed on a platform, sling is applied to secure the resident and then secured to the lift, while being powered by a motor and controlled by a hand-held remote. Residents are assisted and supported to the standing position.  This improves and maintains lower body strength and promotes optimal levels of independence in terms of activities of daily living.

Ceiling Lift for Double Room $20,000

This lift is installed on the ceiling above the beds in patient rooms and is used to transfer patients who are not able to walk or stand/weight bear anymore. This lift supports safe, comfortable transfers for patients, and reduces the risk of back injuries for nursing staff.

Roam Alert $25,000

The Roam Alert system is a complete upgrade of existing equipment as the current pieces are now obsolete.  Roam Alert protects residents with cognitive decline, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease who wander and or no longer have the judgement to recognize that they are not safe outside of the building unaccompanied.

FVM staff apply a bracelet/watch to the wrist of these residents, so that if they wander too close to a door to the exterior an alarm sounds and the doors lock.  At this time no one can get in or out until someone responds to the alarm.  The system itself and most components including door key pads, antennas, controllers, computers, as well as software needs to be replaced and upgraded.