LACGH get new IV pumps thanks to sale of historic Gibbard bricks

(From left) Kelly Bodie, LACGH nurse manager, Adrienne Harris-Hale, vice chair of LACGH Foundation, (back) nurse manager Jen Masson, nurse Carrie Standing, Megan Tobia, manager of pharmacy, Robert Hough, chair of the LACGH Foundation, Lisa Ray-Koenig, executive director of the Gibbard District, Anna Huisman, pharmacist, (front) Amanda Mcneish, nurse, Holly Mccabe, nurse and Jenna Shepherd, nurse with a new IV pump purchased through the sale of Gibbard building bricks. Photo by Desiree DeCoste.

Desiree Decoste
Beaver Staff

The Lennox & Addington County General Hospital’s (LACGH) IV pumps are on the last legs of their lives and thanks to the help of the Gibbard District, the hospital now has three brand new IV pumps, so far.

The money is coming from the brick initiative campaign which started with the selling of Gibbard Furniture Factory bricks.

“It’s not a new idea as far as people buying bricks from older buildings or tear downs,” declared Lisa Ray-Koenig, executive director of the Gibbard District. “But it’s an idea that can be fully encompassed and repurposed and is giving back to the community. We’re just so thrilled and excited about the campaign and the fact it’s been so well received.”

Ray-Koenig also said people from as far away as the United States have come to purchase bricks, and she even shipped one.

“We’ve had people from the States coming up to buy bricks, and I shipped a brick to Vancouver,” expressed Ray-Koenig. “A lot of people are coming home to Napanee and they want a piece of that history because the Gibbard Furniture Factory has been so engrained in this community, it’s outstanding.”

As far as IV pumps, most people nowadays don’t fully understand what having an IV pump really means and how much it has changed the lives of nurses and patients over the years, and the time it has saved.

“When I graduated from nursing school we didn’t have IV pumps or anything,” stated Adrienne Harris-Hale, vice chair of LACGH’s Foundation. “But I have to say when I had been graduated 25 years my nursing school sent us a survey and asked, ‘what is the one piece of equipment that’s had the biggest impact on your nursing career?’, and I said an introduction of IV pumps, but I don’t think many people thought about it because a lot of people put other things, but the number of nursing hours the IV pumps saved was phenomenal.”

Even with the best nursing staff looking after the hospitals patients, if they don’t have the equipment to support giving that care, the distress the nursing staff encounters, plus the patients, is very unpleasant.

“I can’t look after five patients and keep running back and checking if I gave that medication at the right time,” said Kelly Bodie, nurse manager of LACGH. “The moral distress you go though, this just eases it off and allows us to give the care we want to give to these patients.”

The hospital and its nurses are more than excited when it came to finding out they would be receiving new IV pumps which actually held a charge.

“One of the nurses on Wednesday morning I said to them, remember we’re getting new pumps today, “What? We don’t have to keep turning it on and off and be reminded the battery is dying and that we can’t get in to the pump?” Bodie expressed. “I can’t even express how happy we are getting these new pumps, first of all the experience with the nursing staff on the floor to have them functioning, working and up today (Wednesday) just means the world to us and every part of the hospital. It hits right from the emerge department, to the chemo suite, to the inpatient unit and even the CDC where rarely patients have IVs but sometimes we have to start them. And you won’t find a corner of this hospital this isn’t important to.”

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