We’ve partnered with the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital to support a new Emergency Department. In a space built for ~12,000 patients in 1978, we currently serve over 24,000 people. Time is of the essence, often lives are at stake and every moment counts.
Through our ‘Every Moment Counts’ Campaign, you can help us open the door to the level of care our community needs.
Every Moment Counts
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT Current Challenges
If the Emergency Department walls could speak, they would say, “I’m tired.” They’d tell you how much they need you. They’d ask you to support the campaign so that new walls can be built and the current challenges can be overcome. They’d tell you about the challenges people are experiencing, such as:
- Overcrowding exists with only 2,550 square feet available
- One public washroom to serve patients and visitors
- Visibility from the nursing station is restricted
- Waiting room is difficult to view and does not provide enough space for patients, so patients end up waiting in hallways
- There is no designated private triage area
- In general, privacy is limited and difficult to provide
- Ambulance access is through a busy parking lot and a shared entryway with ambulatory patients
- Isolation areas are limited
- Private areas for grieving and counseling are non-existent
NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
A new Emergency Department will help us to maintain acceptable wait times, our patients will be triaged, diagnosed and either treated or transferred to partnering hospitals for higher levels of care. Our hospital's vision is to provide the best care, to every person, every time, including the care we provide in our Emergency Department.
- BETTER PATIENT FLOW
Upon arrival, patients will be admitted through one of two separate entries: the new enclosed ambulance bay or the walk-in entrance for those who arrive on their own. Separate entrances create a private, more streamlined and safer admittance process for patients and staff.
Patients will immediately access the enhanced triage area where staff will efficiently determine the necessary level of care. Patients will then be moved easily through the department to appropriate areas including a new isolation area if required. The nurses station will be centralized to provide for better flow of care.
- DEDICATED TREATMENT AREAS
Properly addressed patient needs enhance the safety and benefit everyone: patients, families, and staff. A dedicated decontamination area, dedicated isolation room, additional patient washrooms and hand washing stations will provide better infection-control within the department.
- INCREASED TREATMENT CAPACITY
The new facility will host 12 new treatment spaces built to contemporary standards. The treatment areas will be designed so they can be used in many ways for a variety of purposes so that we can be more efficient. Each space will be equipped with essential equipment and supplies to care for our patients. Patient confidentiality will be enhanced as each area will be separated from the rest of the department.
THE PATIENTS WE SERVE
The following map shows that a high density of Haldimand County residents receive care at our Emergency Department. In Ontario, we can choose to go to any hospital for service. Our short wait times and excellent care have increased demand from residents outside of Haldimand County, including Hamilton and Niagara regions.
1 IN 4 PATIENTS
are residents of Hamilton, Niagara and other areas
2 IN 4 PATIENTS
are residents of Dunnville
3 IN 4 PATIENTS
are residents of Haldimand County
MESSAGE FROM THE CAMPAIGN CHAIR
I am very excited about our new Emergency Department project! Being well located between Hagersville, Cayuga, Wainfleet, Port Colborne and Welland; patients from all these communities visit our hospital on a regular basis. We as a community, are very privileged to offer and host the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital, Edgewater Gardens, Village by the Grand and our Primary Healthcare Centre to our community and surrounding areas.
I am asking all of you, please, when you are asked to give a financial pledge toward our new Emergency Department; please give generously. The new Emergency Department will serve all of us and our extended families very well.
All the very best,
MESSAGE FROM the Chief of Emergency Department, HWMH
Some people say the Emergency Department is the true front door of a hospital. This year, over 24,000 patients, their families and caregivers, will come through our “front door”. They will arrive on stretchers, walking, being carried or in wheelchairs. They will travel from across town and Southern Ontario to get to us. Almost none of them want to be here, but they all come expecting one thing – to receive prompt, quality emergency medical care from compassionate and professional health care providers. Given the size and layout of our current department, that is getting more and more difficult for us to provide.
The current Emergency Department was built to take care of less than half of today’s volume of patients. No one ever envisioned that we would also be filling the rooms with computers, lifesaving equipment, and medical technology. Add to that our current challenges of infection control, mental health and addiction, and patient privacy, and it’s very clear why we need a new, modern space to do our jobs well and provide excellent patient care.
At the same time, we want and need more space to help train and recruit more medical and nursing students – Haldimand’s doctors and nurses of the future!
Any contribution that you can make towards our new Emergency Department project is greatly appreciated by myself, on behalf of the doctors, nurses, and staff who work here. Thank you!
Dr. Jeffrey Remington, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP
Chief – Emergency Department, HWMH
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine,
DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University
A TIME FOR ACTION Every Moment Counts
We know that about every 20 minutes or more someone is in need of care in our Emergency Department. That could be you, a loved one, a neighbour, a friend...together we can give and raise the needed support required to build this very important part of our hospital care.
The Dunnville Hospital & Healthcare Foundation is undertaking a capital campaign to raise a minimum of $3 million for the Emergency Department. Together; with everyone giving and pledging, we know the financial needs of our hospital can be achieved. Please carefully consider how your participation will make a difference in ensuring the best care is provided in our community; exactly when you or your loved ones will need it. Thank you for your consideration of support.
The walls are going up! CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
The new Emergency Department will provide a total of 7,145 square feet of care to the people we serve in our hospital. The projected cost to complete the new construction by December 2018 is $6.5 million.
This project is being funded through a number of sources including our ‘Every Moment Counts’ Campaign, previous fundraising events and activities of the Foundation, a grant from Haldimand County for $700,000, a commitment from the Volunteer Association for furnishings, as well as resources from hospital reserves.
'FLYOVER FRIDAY' Drone Progress Series
Track the Emergency Department construction progress from the sky and stay tuned for a new episode every two weeks.
Episode 01: January 26, 2018
Episode 02: February 9, 2018
Ground-Breaking Ceremony June 26, 2017
Over 200 members of our community and beyond gathered at the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital to celebrate the Ground-Breaking milestone. Demolition of the former Laboratory wing of the hospital began in September 2017, in preparation for the construction of the new Emergency Department. Construction is well underway and expected to be complete in 2018.
- We are committed to promoting quality community healthcare by providing capital and facility enhancement funds.
- We will be the primary fundraising body supporting health services in our community.
- With your help, we will achieve our vision through: innovative fund development initiatives, continuous improvement, timely communication and responsible stewardship.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
Established in 1974, the Dunnville Hospital & Healthcare Foundation has continuously raised funds through the tremendous support of our generous donors, to take care of the hospital and other health care institution needs in the Town of Dunnville.
To meet the growing needs of the community, the Foundation has embarked on the ‘Every Moment Counts’ Campaign, to raise a minimum of $3 million dollars for the new Emergency Department at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital.
Thank you for 43 years of support!