Gift of Light Online Auction 2021

START
12
November 2021
05:00 PM AST
END
10
December 2021
05:00 PM AST
RAISED
$2,352.50
GOAL $3,000.00
78.4% To Goal

About Our Auction

Each year the Cobequid Foundation holds an online auction in support of priority medical equipment for the Cobequid Community Health Centre.

This year we are raising much-needed funds for our Cardiology Department, specifically for 6 Holter Monitors and an Electrocardiogram (ECG) Unit. If we do not update the Holter Monitor System at Cobequid we will be forced to pause the program offered at the Cobequid Health Centre. By March 2022, our current Holter Monitor system will become obsolete.
In addition, our ECG machine is approaching the end of its useful life.

Having modernized Holter Monitors and ECG Machines available at the Cobequid Health Centre means we will be able to continue to improve the care we can offer the community members. Having a Cardiology Technologist onsite at Cobequid Community Health Centre is something the community can’t afford to lose.

Cardiology Technologist Alisha Mosher, the only one here at Cobequid Community Health Centre, sees about 20 patients a day, around 100 a week, who are in need of an ECG test. Alisha also sets up about 13 Holter Monitors a week on patients who may need further testing after their ECG. The patients Alisha sees who need an ECG test or a Holter Monitor rage vastly. Anywhere from young children to older adults come to Cobequid’s Cardiology unit to receive care from Alisha.

An ECG is an extremely common, short 10 second baseline test that measure’s the electrical activity of the heart. Each area of the heart produces certain signals or measurements as the electric impulse travels down the conduction system of the heart. These impulses are displayed by each heartbeat on the ECG graph produced. The graph shows 12 views of different areas of the heart. The ECG graph allows us to see the function of the heart and if there are any irregularities or cause for concern. It gives us a quick snapshot of potential symptom and non-symptom-related arrhythmias, blockages, electrolyte imbalances and overall functionality of the heart.

A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that keeps track of your heart rhythm. Holter Monitors are basically take-home ECG machines that record the electrical activity of the heart for 24-48 hours continuously. During that time, the device records all of your heartbeats. A Holter Monitor test may be done if a traditional ECG doesn't give enough information about your heart's condition. Patients go home then go about their regular routines and activities with the monitors attached to their chest. An important feature of these monitors is that they have an ‘event’ button which can be pressed if patients develop symptoms while wearing the monitor. Pushing the button creates a digital marker on the recording and once the information is downloaded and scanned, the software allows for each heartbeat to be analyzed by the technologist.
Having Holter Monitors at Cobequid allows Alisha to measure the fluctuations of the patient’s heart and increases the chances of detecting issues that may not have been noticed on the standard 10 second ECG. A Holter Monitor is ordered after a baseline ECG test is completed to see if there are any signs or symptoms of arrhythmias or conductions blocks.

With your kind bids, we can continue to fund priority medical equipment, such as Holter Monitors and ECG machines, for the continuous care of our community members.


About Cobequid Health Centre Foundation

Cobequid Community Health Centre (CCHC) is here for you, your family and your neighbours. Whether you require emergency care, are managing a chronic illness, or need routine tests, care is available for your entire family - your children, siblings, parents, and grandparents.

The Cobequid Community Health Centre serves the communities of Bedford, Sackville, Waverley, Fall River, Hammonds Plains, Mount Uniacke, and surrounding areas.

Each and every day our Foundation team is supporting the healthcare needs of our community by fundraising for priority medical equipment. This provides the tools needed for our professional healthcare team so they can provide quality compassionate care for our community.

Our Story : In 1976, two community-minded individuals, Shirley Freer and Carol Crosby, were determined to fill the need for health and social services in the Bedford-Sackville area. They inspired others to take on this challenge and refused to give up until they saw this need filled. Community support grew and soon they had a group of dedicated individuals ready to make a change. In 1987, the Emergency Department at the Cobequid Multi-Service Centre opened, making it the only free standing emergency room in Canada at the time.

Indeed, the founders were right about the need, so much so that as the community grew, the need for the centre grew. Again, determined, like-minded individuals took up the challenge, bringing the community together to raise $4 million dollars to be used towards the construction of a new centre. In February 2006, as a result of the dedication of the community, the new, much larger Cobequid Community Health Centre opened.

Our community continues to grow, so in 2016, the Foundation started fundraising for its Emergency Triage Project. When planning for the Cobequid Centre’s Emergency Department, it was anticipated that the maximum future volume for our Emergency Department would be 20,000 patients annually. However, our catchment area has grown, last year alone our Emergency Department served more than 50,000 patients. It has enabled the centre to expand our triage area, expand our registration capacity, increase infection control measures and ensure we have the equipment required for our growing needs.

Today, the Centre continues to provide essential health and social services to residents of its surrounding communities. It is due to the generosity of these very communities that the Cobequid Community Health Centre is able to continually grow to meet the ever-expanding needs of the public.

For more information on the Cobequid Foundation please contact our Executive Director, Stacey Chapman, at (902) 877-6252 or stacey.chapman@nshealth.ca. Additional information can also be found on our website at www.cobequidfoundation.ca.

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