In the early stages of a child’s life, medical care is crucial to ensure the healthiest transition into life at home. The Sault Area Hospital Foundation (SAHF) received a donation to fund the purchase of equipment to help patients of the Maternal Child Department have a more comfortable experience before heading home with their family. This generous gift of $25,000 is part of CIBC Miracle Day, a proud employee-driven tradition that has helped to improve the lives of millions of children. Greg Zahn and Adam Slumskie from CIBC Wood Gundy’s Intrinsic Financial Group fully funded the purchase of a Bilisoft LED Phototherapy System and a VeinViewer Vision2 system to increase care for some of the youngest patients in this community. Both Mr. Zahn and Mr. Slumskie made a visit to the Sault Area Hospital (SAH) to receive a tour of the Maternal Child Department, as well as a firsthand demonstration of this new equipment.
“We wanted to ensure the funds from the Intrinsic Financial Group go directly back to our local community. As citizens of Sault Ste. Marie it is important that we contribute to the community’s well-being and growth. Donating to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation, specifically in the Maternal Child Department, allows us to make a positive impact on the community where we operate our business.” Greg Zahn, Advisor. “This donation is about investing in our future. Many of our clients’ families are growing with children and grandchildren. This is a gift to them and for the rest of our community. If the equipment purchased with this contribution helps one family in need, it is completely worthwhile. We are proud to partner with the CIBC Miracle Day Foundation to make this donation.” Adam Slumskie, Advisor.
The Bilisoft LED Phototherapy System is an essential part of care for most newborn infants. It provides intensive phototherapy while not restricting the fundamentals of family-centered care. The phototherapy, emitted through blue LED light, helps eliminate bilirubin, a cause of jaundice. Fiber optics are used to emit the light allowing the device to be wrapped around the infant while sleeping, feeding, or in the embrace of a family member. This device helps ensure the comfort of the patient while reducing the time they spend in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before heading home with their family. The VeinViewer Vision2 system is a truly amazing piece of medical equipment. A near-infrared light is directed at the arm, distinguishing the blood in the veins from all other tissue. It instantly projects an image directly onto the surface of the skin indicating the patient’s blood pattern and highlighting the veins. This helps the healthcare professionals to find even the smallest of veins on the first try.
“Having great community partners choose to support our Foundation assures we can maintain the quality healthcare the Algoma District deserves. Together Greg, Adam, and CIBC Wood Gundy’s Intrinsic Financial Group are helping ensure that the children of this community have a healthy start here at SAH. We hope that the community embraces this type of generosity and considers the Sault Area Hospital Foundation as one of their top three charities to ensure that our families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues have the best healthcare available closer to home.” Cheryl Pavoni, Executive Director, Sault Area Hospital Foundation.
This contribution is already positively affecting the lives of many young patients that require care at SAH. The SAHF Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank Greg, Adam, and CIBC Wood Gundy for their gift and commitment to healthcare here in our community. Thank you!