NEWS in General – January 12

As a part of our enhanced recruitment campaign, Google Ads such as the one above are appearing when certain keywords or demographics are used in a Google search.

While the campaign’s focus is on nursing recruitment, it also supports recruitment of other positions in the hospital.
Our GGH COVID status located at the top of the NEWS in General page is now being updated every weekday. The Waterloo/Wellington hospital report is updated Tuesdays and Fridays.

GGH News

Welcome new hires!

COVID-19 News

Another off-site vaccination clinic available for staff and their families
A reminder about proper PPE use

Q and As about new Public Health measures

Other News

A New You for 2022?
From our Foundation: Congratulations to December’s 50/50 Winner!

GGH News

Welcome new hires!

The new year brings new team members to departments across GGH. This year, we have resumed face-to-face orientation sessions and started with a  fantastic group of professionals keen to meet their new teams and support us in our service to our patients and their families. To help support all involved in bringing new staff on board, we have begun cohort-based hiring with orientation session held every two weeks.

Welcome to the team!

COVID-19 News

Another off-site vaccination clinic available for staff and their families

The Guelph Community Health Centre would like to extend its Moderna clinic this coming Saturday, January 15, to all health and social service workers and their households. The clinic will run from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 176 Wyndham Street North on the lower level (our Guelph CHC Downtown location).

If you have staff on your team who have not received their 1st, 2nd or booster dose (and are eligible) OR who have a booking in the coming weeks that can be cancelled to get an earlier dose, please use this link to book an appointment for Saturday. Proof of workplace is not required. 

Staff and/or their households who are 18-29 years of age may select any available Pfizer clinic, as indicated on the booking links. Paediatric clinics are also available.

***Please note, when booking an appointment, you may receive the blue warning message to the right. Simply click on confirm to move through the booking steps. If you need booking support, please call: 519-821-6638 x140.

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A reminder about proper PPE use

It is important to use PPE according to GGH directives in order to protect yourself and those with whom you may come in contact. In order to use PPE correctly, please be mindful of the following:

Eye protection is required at all times while in clinical units
  • Public Health Ontario (PHO) has issued changes to PPE practices when caring for a suspect or positive COVID-19 patient during this Omicron wave. The key change is to use an N95 mask (instead of medical mask), as well as an isolation gown, gloves and eye protection when providing direct care* or interacting with patients with suspect, probable or confirmed COVID-19.
    (*direct care is defined as a 15 minute or greater exposure within 1 metre of the patient).
  • Point of care risk assessments (PCRA) should still be completed by staff and factors such as the patient’s vaccination status, the ability of the patient to wear their mask and the length of time that staff will be in close contact (less than 1m for more than 15 minutes), should be considered when deciding to use an N95 mask instead of a medical mask.
  • Whenever tolerated, patients must wear a medical mask during their interactions with staff; please remind them to do so. (Visitors are required to wear hospital provided masks at all times.)
  • Only GGH issued PPE is acceptable for use at work. The PPE we provide meets the acceptable standards for use in healthcare settings. PPE from other sources may not meet the standards required to ensure your safety and may provide a false sense of security.
  • While we are currently able to maintain an adequate supply of N95’s, it is important that they be used appropriately and in the circumstances in which they are required. Supply chain interruptions could still occur so please practice proper N95 conservation.
  • Eye protection is required at all times while on the clinical units. 

Thank you for keeping yourselves, your colleagues and our patients safe.

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Other News

A New You for 2022?

For some people, putting a new calendar on the wall signifies a time of reflection and making changes in one’s life. With all that is going on, and with what everyone’s brain has been processing for the last two years, it is a good idea that if you are going to take on something new, start small and make it meaningful.  Large lifestyle changes not only require you to take on habits you are not used to, but force the brain to develop neural pathways to facilitate the new behaviour(s) and learning required. Anything too big, and starts with “I should just do this…” may not go the way you hope. That being said, having support and needing to be accountable increases one’ chance of success. To assist you in your efforts, Homewood Health offers Life Smart Coaching in a variety of areas such as financial wellbeing, making healthy lifestyle changes, nutrition coaching and more! Give them a call at 1-800-663-1142 or sign up by creating a free, confidential account on www.Homeweb.ca

On January 19 (12-1 p.m.) and 20 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) Homewood will be presenting the webinar Journey to Wellness. This session examines what wellness means and provides simple steps to help participants set their own health goals and keep them on track for achieving their personal definitions of wellness. Please email HealthAndWellness@gghorg.ca to sign up or for more information. 

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Congratulations to December’s 50/50 Winner!

“I had to pull the car over. I couldn’t focus on the road,” exclaimed Jim Bailey when asked to describe his reaction to learning he was the winner of $47,560 in the 50/50 Hospital Lottery for Guelph General Hospital. “My wife, Melinda, and my daughter, Carina, were just discussing that it was draw day ten minutes earlier. We were saying, ‘Oh, wouldn’t it be nice if we won’. Then my cell phone rang and it was Elizabeth Stewart from the Foundation calling. I almost didn’t take the call because I didn’t recognize the number and was a bit gruff when I answered, expecting it to be a telemarketer. Then we were all screaming in excitement and Elizabeth was laughing at us.”

It was Melinda who first heard about the new 50/50 lottery being launched by the Foundation in July of 2020. She had followed the Foundation on Facebook ever since her daughter was involved in the Beyond Borders experiential education program which raised funds to support Guelph General Hospital through a gala event. “I told Jim about it straight away and we purchased that first month and every single month since, never missing! We increased to the 200 tickets for $40 when that bundle became available. We were both excited when our co-worker at Oregon Tool, Rebecca Dollery, won over $60,000 in September and hoped someday it would be us.”

Jim and Melinda like supporting local causes through 50/50 and raffle draws but their biggest previous win was $3,000. Both of them still can’t believe this big win happened for them. Together for 31 years, after meeting while working in production at Blount, now Oregon Tool, the couple have raised two daughters, Addison and Carina, who are now 20 and 24 years old. Their long-anticipated 30th wedding anniversary cruise set for 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19 but recently their luck turned around. Their names were drawn by St. Andrew’s in Fife, Scotland and they were given the opportunity to purchase tickets for the upcoming 150th Master’s Open this July. This win will help pay for the trip.

They also hope to drive to Prince Edward Island this year, stopping to golf along the way with new custom clubs fitted and sized for them. Part of their winnings will also go toward their dream trip to Hawaii sometime in the future.

One other special thing the couple is planning to do with their winnings is to donate a portion back to the Foundation to support the purchase of patient care equipment at Guelph General Hospital. Thank you, Jim and Melinda, for the generous gift of $2,500. As well, they plan to continue to play the 50/50 each and every month.

Congratulations!

Don’t miss out on January’s 50/50 draw! The guaranteed prize is $9,999 plus two early birds for $500 on Friday, January 14th. Make sure to buy your tickets before 10:59 a.m. on January 14th to be included in both the early bird draw as well as the grand prize draw. That’s a lot of chances to win.

Buy your tickets today —-> www.ggh5050.ca

The next lucky grand prize winner will be drawn on Monday, January 31st at 11 a.m.

Proceeds from the 50/50 lottery will be used towards the purchase of a new MRI scanner for Guelph General Hospital. A new MRI will improve image quality. Doctors will be able to see smaller details with greater clarity, leading to an earlier and more accurate diagnosis. It will also be up to two times faster! A scan that now takes 30 minutes could be completed in 15 to 20 minutes. GGH will be able to complete more patient scans per hour of operation. And the new scanner is capable of producing images for a broader range of injuries and illnesses.

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