The oncology department at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital has a new tool to assist medical staff
Oncology Nurses Donna Sutherland (seated) and Jeannie Kennedy demonstrating the new Vein Finder
It’s called a Vein Finder, where a near infrared light can help medical staff locate veins in patients. Many of the patients the oncology department sees are older, and their veins are smaller and more difficult to find.
Nurses Jeanne Kennedy and Donna Sutherland say the equipment is a welcome addition.
The Vein Finder was purchased by the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation following a request from the hospital’s site lead Martha Cooper
St. Martha’s Regional Hospital hosted an official opening of its new six bed palliative care unit earlier today.
Along with medical equipment and necessary staff space requirements, the new unit features areas for families and volunteers, a full kitchen, computer room and quiet spaces along with shower and laundry facilities allowing families and friends to remain close to loved ones. The patient rooms are equipped with new televisions, family space, and pull-out couches for overnight stays.
A release from the hospital states the new unit reflects a “person centered, serene and homelike environment”.
Martha Cooper, site lead at St. Martha’s, said she and everyone involved is over the moon excited about the project.
St Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation contributed $600,000 for capital costs, while St Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary donated $150,000 in furnishings and equipment.
Those offering remarks at the opening included Cooper, Nova Scotia Health Authority CEO Janet Knox, Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey, as well as SMRH Foundation chair Joe MacDOnald, , SMRH Auxiliary president Nancy MacEachern, and the Antigonish Town and County Palliative Care Society chair Marie Nickerson and past chair John R. MacDougall.
St. Martha’s Regional Hospital will soon get a new Palliative Care inpatient unit. The Nova Scotia Health Authority has announced a local company, Tate
St. Martha’s Regional Hospital
Construction has been awarded the contract to build the unit, to be located on the hospital’s fourth floor. Work is expected to begin in mid-January. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital site lead Martha Cooper says it will be a dedicated unit with six beds.
The new unit will include space for families and volunteers.
The St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation has committed up 600-thousand dollars to fund capital costs, while the hospital auxiliarly will contribute up to 150-thousand dollars for furnishings and equipment.
A clinic for expectant mothers at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish that is somewhat unique to Nova Scotia received some national attention. It’s called
Nurses Lisa MacDonald (left) and Colleen Boyd (right) of the Open Arms Family Clinic at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital at a national conference in Halifax where they made a presentation on the clinic.
the Open Arms Family Clinic in the Children and Women’s Health Unit at St. Martha’s.
Nurses Colleen Boyd and Lisa MacDonald made a presentation on their clinic to the recent Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses National Conference in Halifax. Both are international board certified lactaction consultants.
MacDonald says the clinic works with the expectant mothers in the months leading up to the birth to develop a plan after the baby is born. MacDonald says in the past, health care professionals with the hospital met the mother for the first time when she arrived to deliver her baby.
Boyd says support is also provided by the clinic to the Mom after the baby is born
Boyd and MacDonald made a presentation to the conference thanks to support from St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation. Their presentation, called “Ahead of the Birth, Planning Post Partum Discharge Prenatally” was well received.
St. Martha’s Regional Hospital welcomed its first baby of the New Year. At 9:54 a.m. on January First, Olivia Brielle Elizabeth Dunbar was born to proud parents, Kathryn MacDonald and David Dunbar of Antigonish.
A quilt was donated by the Highland Quilt Guild to the new baby. Every year a quilt is given to the first New Years baby born at the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital.