Current Projects

Operation 100

The Foundation is now looking at raising over $100,000 for the purchase of equipment and healthcare enhancement. In order to cover these costs, the FSCHF is launching “Operation 100.” Donations will support equipment such as:

  • The LUCAS system, a piece of life-saving equipment that provides chest compressions for those suffering from cardiac arrest.
  • Monitors for our panda warmers so all the newborns in our community have the best chance and success we can provide. These allow for better awareness of babies vital signs at an arm’s length and can move with baby when they need to be transferred between departments for continuous monitoring and timely intervention for better outcomes.
  • Gas blood analyzer measures the partial pressures of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood as well as its pH. This enables our Emergency Department to react quicker, understand patient conditions better, and enhance the overall outcome of the patient.

FSCHF is also supporting Dr. Farooq who is working to improve a patients understanding of the rectal cancer procedure and what they need to do during the whole treatment process.
We are deeply grateful for your continued support! Your gift today makes a BIG difference tomorrow and everyday.

Pass Projects

Sleeper Recliner Chairs

Thank you to the community for your support on the completion of the Sleeper chair project!

The presence of a familial support system in a clinical hospital environment has an incredible impact on the patient’s experience, recovery, and overall mental health and well-being. At the Fort Saskatchewan Hospital Foundation, we recognize that creating a comfortable environment is essential to promote and encourage family members to contribute to the care of their loved ones.

Providing sleeper chairs to our visitors will have several positive impacts, (1) patients will experience less stress and greater well being by having their loved ones present, (2) family members will be supported to maintain their health by receiving adequate sleep while caring for loved ones. We have moms in labour who would like their partner present, palliative patients who need that extra support and those with Alzheimer’s who require additional assistance.

Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation is currently fundraising for 22 Sleeper Recliner Chairs, which cost $1,200 each.

If this interests you and you feel you can help us reach our goal, please visit our donation page. Thank you!

Central Fetal Monitoring System

Via GE Healthcare: Fetal monitors

The Hospital Foundation is fundraising for the purchase of a Central Fetal Monitoring System for a cost of $74,422.35. Electronic Fetal Monitors (EFM) help staff measure fetal heart rates during pregnancy, labour, and birth to assess the baby’s wellbeing. Currently, in our hospital EFM are captured through bedside monitors and print paper records and can only be viewed at the machine. With enhanced EFMs, a central monitoring station allows multiple members of the healthcare team to view these records at any location. A number of electronic features will also ensure additional peace of mind to labouring mothers. The most important thing during labour and delivery is response time when there is a concern. Our goal now is to meet the need for a Central Fetal Monitoring System for every mother and child in labour and delivery. It will provide a vital window into the womb and gives valuable medical information to the care team such as:

  • Remote on-line monitoring of every baby’s heart rate and the mother’s uterine contractions and vital signs.
  • “Real-time” assessment – physicians can instantly access all data from a smartphone, home, or office.
  • Important qualitative diagnostic aid for time-critical, life-saving decisions, and interventions.
  • Electronic medical record allows the archiving of data, which will allow nurses to spend more time with patients.
  • The monitoring data may be archived electronically for up to 30 years.
  • Nurses can view all monitors at one time.
  • Electronic charting of mother and baby can begin from the time the mother arrives as a pre-delivery patient through delivery and then as a postpartum patient and allows for a new electronic chart to be started on the baby while in the nursery.

The ability to quickly review, assess, and interpret records is important. Upgrading to an electronic system of fetal monitoring will introduce a number of features not available with the current, paper-based systems:

  • preset alarms that alert care teams to potential issues
  • electronic access to view information from multiple locations
  • support integration of all information to track, analyze, and act upon, thereby increasing safety and quality of care
  • reduced risk of user error through the elimination of the paper-based system

If this interests you and you feel you can help us reach our goal, please visit our donation page. Thank you!

Practice Readiness Centre

Simulation is a training technique which enables learners to practice and master individual and team skills to enhance the quality of care and improve patient safety.

Benefits of Practice Readiness Centre:

  • Training facility for all staff and physicians
  • Develops confidence in safe learning environment
  • Freedom to learn from mistakes without causing patient harm
  • Train and prepare for high risk situations
  • Can bridge the gap between text book learning and real-life situations.

The best way for staff to respond calmly in emergency situations is to be well-trained so they feel confident providing the best possible diagnosis and treatment outcomes. Training scenarios ultimately benefit patients by helping provide quality care gained by keeping medical knowledge current.

The Practice Readiness Centre provides staff of all disciplines the opportunity to learn and practice in a safe setting. The Centre is equipped in a family of computerized mannequins who mimic a variety of scenarios including trauma and other clinical situations. The equipment that is needed for a Practice Readiness Centre will contribute to a realistic learning environment. This will increase skill and result in a high level of patient care.

Fort Sask Practice Readiness Centre 1 (pdf) Fort Sask Practice Readiness Centre 2 (pdf)