AGH purchases three new Glide Scopes

AGH purchases three new Glide Scopes

Patients at AGH are now benefiting from three new Glide Scopes thanks to donations made to the AGH FVM Foundation in 2016.  The Emergency Department, Obstetrical Operating Room, and the Main Floor Operating Room each received one, at a cost of approximately $14,000 per Scope.glide scopes

“A Glide Scope assists with intubation,” said Avis Ward, Team Lead, OR.  Intubation is accomplished by inserting a flexible plastic tube into the trachea (windpipe) to maintain an open airway or to serve as a conduit through which to administer certain drugs. “The hand-held camera device is inserted into the patient’s mouth which allows the physician to see the vocal cords, epiglottis, etc. on a monitor.  Pictures can be taken if necessary as well.”

The Hospital had two older Glide Scopes.  “They were really old,” said Ward, “even black and white.” Although they still served their purpose, physicians seem really pleased with the new ones because they allow for better viewing and are much easier to use.

“Many intubations can be difficult, especially for physicians that are not doing them every day,” points out Ward.  The new Glide Scopes make it much easier, even in difficult situations such as with a patient who has sustained a neck injury.  Other factors can also contribute to making intubation more of a challenge including short necks, receding jaws, patients with a high body mass index and head or neck trauma.

Another bonus feature of the new equipment is that it can be cleaned in the sterilizer, known as an autoclave, thus reducing the risk of infection.

The Hospital counts 100% on funds raised in the community to pay for replacement and new equipment.  These new Glide Scopes are examples of the positive impact that donors have on safe, high quality care for the patients served by AGH.

Matthews “in picture” for CT scan

Matthews “in picture” for CT scan

Having a “first-class hospital” is one of the things that Gaye Bennett-Matthews and Bryn Matthews believe makes Mississippi Mills such a wonderful place to live, raise a family and retire. That’s why deciding to support the diagnostic imaging campaign was a relatively easy decision for them to make.

Bryn has been an ardent supporter of the Hospital for all of the years they’ve lived in this region. He served on the Hospital Board for nine years and was on the Foundation Board following that.

“As a result of his career as a senior executive in the broadcast industry, Bryn brought a certain skill set to his volunteer positions,” noted Gaye.

“I have been involved with hospitals in just about every place we’ve lived,” said Bryn.  “I believe that good health care is of paramount importance, so I’ve been committed to supporting it.”

Although neither Gaye nor Bryn have had a lot of experience with the Hospital or Manor, the few interactions they’ve had have been very positive. These include Gaye having an ultrasound recently and Bryn having an x-ray in the new digital suite. Both were very quick to point out that one of their grandchildren, Tory Audet, was born at AGH in 2005. Her birth, so close to home, certainly further strengthened their commitment to making sure that the exceptional staff at the Hospital have the best tools with which to provide patient care.

Gaye and Bryn recently “put themselves in the picture” in support of the AGH FVM Foundation’s diagnostic imaging campaign, and specifically asked that their gift be directed towards the acquisition of the CT scan.

The $4 million DI campaign is divided into $1.8 million to pay for the new digital x-ray suite, new digital, portable x-ray machine and two new digital ultrasound machines. The other $2.2 million will pay for a CT scan, something that the Hospital does not currently have. Application has been made to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for permission to add CT scan capability to the DI department. The Foundation’s commitment to raise the necessary funds will help satisfy the Ministry’s need to know the source of funding for the new piece of equipment.

For more information on the “Put Yourself in the Picture” campaign, please contact the AGH FVM Foundation at 613-256-2500 ext. 2297 or email