The Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) Foundation is calling on the community to help the hospital purchase ice machines and blanket warmers by donating to their Gift of Comfort campaign this Giving Tuesday.
Giving Tuesday is a global movement that encourages charitable giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The hospital’s campaign supports the purchase of three ice machines, which each cost about $7,000, and two blanket warmers that cost $5,000 each to help serve patients in Soldiers’ Emergency, Diagnostic Imaging and Surgical Departments. Subaru of Orillia has offered to match the first $5,000 of donations made to the campaign. Last year, donations for the foundation’s 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign raised enough money to purchase 25 new wheelchairs for the hospital.
“A warm blanket can aid in the healing of a patient after surgery, or give them that extra sense of security before undergoing a procedure,” said Mark Riczu, executive director of the OSMH Foundation. “And ice, as most of us have experienced at some point in our lives, has countless clinical uses for treating injuries, especially in a hospital setting.”
Hospital staff are currently required to visit other floors and store ice in the fridge to support the needs of patients in post-op care, said Michelle Soares, a registered nurse (RN) in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Soares said that in addition to being inefficient, the current method could compromise hygiene practices, highlighting the need for additional ice machines.
A new blanket warmer would also contribute to best care practices, said Robin Stoer, an RN in the Soldiers’ Day Surgery Unit, as a patient’s discharge temperature must be over 36 degrees for recovery and wound healing.
“If we could make one small request this holiday season, it is for you to take part in this global movement by supporting the charity of your choice,” Riczu said. “Gifts of all sizes have a meaningful impact on patient care at our hospital.”
To support the OSMH Foundation’s Giving Tuesday Gift of Patient Comfort campaign, visit the OSMH Foundation website or call 705-325-6464.