As we approach the summer season, I reflect back on the many accomplishments and progress that has been made here at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) with much pride and I would like to share a few of these with you.
As the newest Regional Stroke Centre in the South West LHIN, we have worked hard to develop the expertise required to provide excellent inpatient stroke care and through the hard work and dedication of many individuals we have achieved the best disability improvement scores of any stroke centre in the South West LHIN! Furthermore, our Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic is able to see and assess patients often within 48 hours of their initial presentation ensuring that patients get timely access of care.
Our Emergency Medicine Department & Intensive Care Unit continue to provide high quality care in the community with our ED consistently seeing volumes of patients rivaling larger academic centres. Furthermore, our ICU continues as the only closed intensive care model in the LHIN outside of London Health Sciences Centre. Many long-term ventilated patients and those with chronic critical illness, have been successfully transitioned home, and I am sure they are very thankful for the care they have received here at STEGH.
We have had the continued privilege of participating in organ and tissue donation since our first encounter over a year ago, for which we are very proud. There are many mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who have been given the gift of life and sight as a result of the hard work, patience and collaboration of numerous physicians, nurses and staff in the ICU and Operating Room. Some challenges, however, still remain. Despite over 80% of Ontarians being in favor of organ and tissue donation, only 30% are registered donors and there remain over 1,500 patients on the wait-list. Locally, we have a registration rate of 40% – a statistic which hopefully will continue to improve with time.
On a final note, STEGH remains committed to delivering a high quality of care throughout the patient experience. The quality improvement plan aims to continue to build upon the excellent and timely care that patients received from the moment they enter our hospitals. Our quality agenda is driven from the bedside to the boardroom with a robust reporting process to broadly share feedback and opportunities. Through the development and subsequent public posting of our QIP, we will encourage continued dialogue with our patients and community about the quality of care they are receiving.
On behalf of the professional staff at STEGH, I thank our community for allowing us the privilege to care for you in our award winning hospital.
Dr. Waleed Chehadi
Chief of Staff
Physiotherapist Karen Stone demonstrated her support for organ donation by registering as a donor during STEGH’s Organ Donar Awareness Week activities. Karen has a personal connection to organ donation as one of her own family members is an organ donor recipient.