Our Success Stories
Since the formation of the Foundation in 1995 and with the generous help of individual & corporate donors, the Pemberton & Squamish Health Care Foundations and through local government and non-profit organization grants we have raised over $808,000 with an additional $1,230,000 raised during the recent CT scanner campaign.
These funds have been used towards the purchase of a wide range of equipment and facility improvements that were beyond the scope of the health care budgets. The list below describes these achievements.
State of the Art Diagnostic Equipment
Because the WHCC treats an exceptionally large number of clients with high- level trauma it has been a top priority to provide state of the art diagnostic equipment to enable the very competent health care professionals make timely and accurate diagnosis that can often save a life. Funding for the following equipment has been provided by the Foundation: Ultrasound unit and a C-arm (portable xray that provides direct vision during the reduction of fractures). In 2004 the three Corridor Foundations raised $200,000 to go towards installation of teleradiology (computerized imaging). Benefits of the technology include networked access to images from any health care site, reduction of staff exposure to harmful x-ray film processing fumes, better environmental practices and reduction of patient transfers to Squamish or Vancouver. A bedside ultrasound, which allows physicians to diagnose abdominal trauma, was purchased in 2006. The GE corporation recently gifted the Centre with a million dollar + 64 slice CT scanner.
Advanced Level Monitoring Equipment
Vital signs monitors, purchased with Foundation funds, are now available at the bedside of each ER bay. One of these units is an advanced level monitor used in the care of high acuity patients. These units have replaced the aging portable monitors previously in use.
Trauma Room Upgrades
Upgrades to the limited equipment in the trauma room were funded by the Foundation and included a portable xray machine, specialized trauma stretcher, blood gas analyzer/monitor, portable vital signs monitor, defibrillator, ventilator, surgical tourniquet and a blanket warmer. With the addition of this equipment critically ill patients can be stabilized for medivac within the one location.
Over $1,250,000:00 has been provided towards the expansion of the WHCC since 2000. These expansions include a new laboratory, a triage area, and an ultrasound room. Funds from the CT scanner campaign will be used to construct the high-tech CT facility during 2008-2009. The one million dollars raised through the CT scanner campaign have been used to build this new high-tech facility, due to open October 2009.
Critical Care Equipment
A video assisted laryngascope - used in difficult intubations to provide an airway, was added to the inventory in 2009.