The First Open Heart Society of British Columbia and the RBC Foundation have partnered to purchase an electrocardiography machine (ECG) for the Campbell River Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
“Electrocardiography (ECG) is used to measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats, as well as the size and position of the chambers, the presence of any damage to the heart, and the effects of drugs or devices used to regulate the heart,” said Dr. Jennifer Grace.
“In the ICU setting, having immediate access to 12 lead ECG’s is vital to optimal patient care.”
The First Open Heart Society was formed in 1973 on the initiative of cardiologists and early heart surgery patients to function as a support group for patients awaiting and recovering from heart surgery, and their families.
The Campbell River chapter holds regular meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the downtown Community Hall.
The RBC Foundation is a generous supporter of quality health care for Campbell River and the North Island.
Its support of the Campbell River Hospital Foundation has helped facilitate not only the purchase of this ECG machine, but also Operating Room Stretchers and beds and also a Portable Ultrasound for the Emergency Department of Campbell River Hospital.
“We would like to thank First Open Heart Society of BC and the RBC Foundation for the ongoing support of the Hospital Foundation,” said Stacey Marsh, executive director of the hospital foundatio.
“Their generosity in supporting our Campbell River Hospital and health care for the North Island makes a positive difference for all of us.”