Left to right – Lamont, Andrew and Grant – our 3 amazing Caretakers of our Branch and Housing buildings :))
Edna Hayward has belonged to the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary for 60 years. She was recuperating in Ridge Meadows Hospital and her friends went to visit her on Valentine’s Day to present her with her 60 Year Service Pin.
Shown in the photo from left to right are: Edna Hayward, Rose Schrul, Tannis McKinnon, Ann Fogg, LA President Joan Hannah, Diana McBean and Verna Hayward.
Members of the Branch 88 Executive paid a visit to the Intensive Care Unit of Ridge Meadows Hospital. Shown in the photo are Comrades Margaret Kury, Jim MacDonald, Peter Kane, Lynda Cratty and President Mike Ward presenting a cheque for $20,000.00 to RM Hospital Foundation Executive Director Laura Cherrille and Dean Stewart, RN in the ICU. This donation comes from our Poppy Fund.
This is the second year in a row that Branch 88 has funded a state-of-the-art critical care bed which provides enhanced care for complex ICU situations. The critical care bed is equipped with a mattress that is capable of various motions. These motions aid in reducing fluid build-up in the chest (to avoid pneumonia) and to also reduce pressure on the skin of bed-bound patients, thus decreasing the occurrence of bed sores. Another important feature of the bed is a built-in scale that aids caregivers in monitoring the weight of patients for dramatic changes in fluid volumes, and to determine the proper medication dosages. In addition, these beds are specifically designed to support early mobility strategies to assist in the recovery phase. It has capabilities of moving patients to both sitting and standing positions, improving their strength and independence and ultimately reducing their length of stay and the associated costs. The beds are equipped with various monitors, indicators, safeties and alarms that provide caregivers with the tools for the optimum in patient well-being. This critical care bed plays an essential role in delivering superior health care at Ridge Meadows Hospital to its sickest and most fragile patients.