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Grand River Hospital

Post #376
01-06-2010 11:26 AM

Senior Moderator
Date Dec 2009 Location Kitchener-Waterloo Posts 2,476
Livable Waterloo Region | Saturday August 21, 2010
Grand River Hospital
835 King St. West & 3570 King St. East, Kitchener

About Grand River Hospital
Grand River Hospital is a 495 bed comprehensive community hospital that provides patient-centered care to more than 450,000 residents in the Region of Waterloo and the surrounding communities. The hospital provides programs at several sites including Freeport Health Centre, K-W Health Centre and the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. By "Caring Together" the hospital’s 2500 professional staff and 800 volunteers will ensure that Grand River Hospital's proud tradition of meeting the health care needs of the community, since 1895, will continue into the future.

ROLE: http://www.grandriverhospital.on.ca/mission.cfm
Our Role is to provide the community with:
  • 24/7 medical and surgical services
  • Cancer care
  • Complex continuing care and rehabilitation
  • Diagnostics
  • Childbirth and children's services
  • Mental health services
History: http://www.grandriverhospital.on.ca/know.cfm
K-W Hospital was first established in 1895 as the Berlin-Waterloo Hospital. Seventy patients were cared for in its first year. The 30-bed facility had one operating room, a handful of nurses, and a dozen physicians. The hospital's School of Nursing opened the following year and trained more than 1400 nurses before closing 80 years later.
Freeport Hospital first began as a tuberculosis sanatorium. Following medical advances and altered treatment of tuberculosis after World War II, Freeport began admitting chronic care and rehabilitation patients. It was the first facility in the province to initiate a move into this direction of care. During the 1960s, the need for chronic care beds continued to grow resulting in the addition of more beds, and by 1970 the Freeport Sanatorium became Freeport Hospital.
While Grand River Hospital has a rich history of quality care-giving, we believe our future will be even more impressive. Your community hospital will provide new and expanded services to our rapidly growing community's health care needs. During the next few years, we look forward to offering the following:
  • A new inpatient oncology unit with an increase of six patient beds
  • A new ambulatory care centre
  • A new mental health unit which includes, a crisis assessment facility, day hospital and child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry unit
  • A new, spacious intensive care unit with an additional 8 patient beds
  • A new brachytherapy surgical suite to treat appropriate cancer patients by administering radiation internally
  • A new and expanded fracture clinic
2008 - 2009 Community Update: http://www.grhf.org/GRH_Annual_08-09_FINAL.pdf

Revenue: 281,036,000
Expenses: 281,539,000
Surplus (Deficit) from Operations (503,000)
Building Grants and Donations 6,181,000
Building Amortization (7,066,000)
Hospital Surplus (Deficit) $ (1,388,000)

Admissions: 21,971
Births: 4,297
Day surgery visits: 12,715
Emergency visits: 57,445
Ambulatory care visits: 201,681
Full and Part-Time Staff: 2983
Medical Staff: 556
Post #3416
03-24-2010 05:49 AM

Senior Moderator
Date Dec 2009 Location Kitchener-Waterloo Posts 2,476
GRH approves budget
570 News Mar 23, 2010 15:16:57 PM - http://www.570news.com/news/local/ar...pproves-budget

Grand River Hospital has approved a 300 million dollar budget contingent on a two per cent increase in provincial funding.

The budget is worth about 10 million dollars more than last year.

Items that account for the increase are salaries, excluding executives making more than 150 thousand dollars a year, who will not get a pay hike.

Supply and drug costs are also going up, with the cost of cancer medications rising 15 per cent.

President Malcolm Maxwell says that if they do not get a two percent increase in government funding, they will be forced to make service reductions.

The hospital already announced layoffs for 34 nursing and service staff in November to help eliminate its deficit.
Post #3661
03-31-2010 08:30 AM

Economic Moderator
Date Jan 2010 Location Waterloo Posts 559
Grand River Hospital fundraiser going door to door

March 31, 2010
By Johanna Weidner, Record staff

KITCHENER — Grand River Hospital is sending canvassers to homes in Kitchener and Waterloo to talk about its services to hopefully attract more monthly donors.

The goal of the campaign, which started this week and will last a few months, is to sign up 300 new monthly donors to the hospital’s foundation.

“We’re not looking for donations at the door,” said Jane Jamieson, associate director of the foundation. “It’s to provide information about the hospital.”

The hospital ran a smaller scale trial of the fundraising effort last fall to recruit about 150 monthly donors. It currently has 360.

Signing up for automatic monthly contributions is easy for the donor — cutting out mailing costs and memory work — and allows the hospital to count on a certain level of support.

“It’s a really simple way to donate,” Jamieson said.

The dollars raised are earmarked mainly to buy medical equipment essential to patient care, such as MRI upgrades and pain pumps.

Canvassers — wearing photo identification — will talk for just a few minutes and offer material people can read if they want to learn more about the hospital’s programs and services.

Anyone wanting to make a cash donation or more information can call the foundation office at 519-749-4205 or email www.grhf.org.

Door-to-door fundraising is a novel approach for local hospitals never tried before by St. Mary’s General Hospital or Cambridge Memorial.