November & December 2016


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Welcome to Cambridge Memorial Hospital’s electronic newsletter, communit-E-cast.

It contains a collection of short write-ups we want to share with our friends and community partners. These anecdotes and stories are compiled from CMH’s weekly staff communication, e-Cast.

Communit-E-cast is usually published the last Friday of every second month (February, April, June, August, October, December) or the next business day if it falls on a holiday.

You can also connect with CMH through Twitter @_CMHospital and Facebook.

Friendly reminder to get your flu shot

Influenza or the flu can be deadly to young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Flu season is already clogging emergency departments in parts of Ontario. Now is the time to get one before it takes hold in our area. For more information, please visit the Region of Waterloo Public Health.

Dr. Ed Chouinard

Dr. Ed Chouinard, Chief of Oncology and Palliative Care, gets his flu shot from Julie Richmond, RN. 

CIHI releases report on measuring harm in Canadian hospitals

On October 26, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute released a new report titled Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals along with a complementary Hospital Harm Improvement Resource. Harm is defined as acute care hospitalizations with at least one (1) occurrence of unintended harm during a hospital stay that could have been prevented by implementing evidence-informed practices. Thirty-one clinical groups under four categories (Health care medication associated conditions, health care associated infections, patient accidents and procedure-associated conditions) were considered. The source of their data comes from CIHI's Discharge Abstract Database. The report only published national-level data at this time. CIHI is working to publish individual hospital performance for this indicator once it is risk and weight adjusted and can be made comparable between hospitals. 

On a similar note, CIHI will  publicly release data updates to the Your Health System website. This release will have no new indicators, but it will feature a number of updates, including the Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR), to reflect the most recent year of data.

Nurse and Doctor

(L to R) Our champions for the "dial-a-doc' chart alerts - Milton Orellana, RN & Dr. Augustin Nguyen from B3 Medicine. Chart alerts were introduced on both Medicine units to standardize a way of flagging a new medication order, thereby reducing missed orders. This standard practice enables consistency between units, benefiting physicians who visit different units and nurses who offer float coverage. 

Move in date for the new wing shifted

Our contractor provided notice they will hand over the new patient care wing in May, 2017 instead of  March. While we are happy to be closing in on a possession date, we know there is still substantial work to be made, which may push this further into the summer. This is not concerning as our primary focus is on patient safety during construction and quality of build. Once we get the new wing, we will have two months to install equipment and train staff. A formal announcement will be made when we begin to offer care in the new facility. When we do, the final phase of the project will begin, which includes the complete renovation and modrenization of the Wing B. The entire project is expected to finish at the end of 2019. beginning of 2020.

Soffit installation

Soffit installation in front of the new Emergency Department entrance. 

huge skylight

A huge skylight was installed, providing natural light into what would have been the darkest area of our new Emergency Department. 

​Movember mash-up

The creative folk in Medical Day Care found an inclusive way to raise awareness of prostate cancer by mashing up Movember with a popular guessing game.

Movember Mash-up

CMH's EMS offload delays lowest in the region

Kudos to our hardworking nursing staff in the ED as our hospital continues to reduce EMS offload delays, getting ambulances back on the road and into the community. A patient offload at a hospital is considered 'delayed' if the crew cannot get back into service after 30 minutes. In the month of September, only 16 crews waited more than 30 minutes to offload their patients. This represents a measly 2.26% of the 692 crews who transported patients to our Emergency Department. Much of this success can be attributed to nurse-assigned EMS offload hours during the 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. time period. To put this in another perspective, CMH saw fewer ambulance offloads in December 2015, yet had a 14.5% offload delay rate – the second highest in the Region of Waterloo at the time.

Emergency Nurses

Our awesome nurses pose for a quick photo during Emergency Nursing Week!

Dr. Michael Lawrie has retired

After 39 years of service to the community and our hospital, Dr. Michael Lawrie has retired. Family physician, community advocate (involved with Bridges Shelter, United Way and Rotary), hospital administrator, Chief of Staff, fundraiser, hockey player (drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks), loving family man, avid cyclist and cover model/compliance supervisor for the esteemed College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario are but a few of his many accomplishments. Regardless of the role, he could be counted on to do it exceptionally, yet with kindness, respect and humility. His final day as a physician with us was on November 18 - we miss him already.

Dr. M. Lawrie

During his four years as Chief, he accomplished a lot: recruited 56 physicians, championed for a strong family physician base in Cambridge and saw the expansion of CMH services like Mental Health and the MRI. A man of many faces, you may have seen him walking through the hallways in a white lab coat, some days a suit, and once a year in a kilt on Robby Burns day (excerpt taken from CMH's 2013 Annual Community Report).

We love our annual pumpkin carving contest

This was our best year yet, raising over $2300 for the United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries. 

IPAC's pumpkin

Pumpkin carving