Thank you! St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph has added a state-of-the-art negative pressure wound therapy machine to its equipment, thanks to donors who gave in response to our spring fundraising appeal. Lives will be improved and donors made it happen.

Wound therapy machines are critical to helping reduce and relieve pain, increasing the speed of healing, and decreasing the risk of infection. They lessen the frequency of dressing changes, dramatically improving patient comfort. In short, they help improve the quality of life for patients.

Sarah Clemmer works on the front lines in her role as a Nurse Practitioner, Complex Continuing Care and shares “skin wounds are common for many patients. We have been in need of an additional wound therapy machine for some time now. In fact, the need has been so great, we have rented a machine from time to time. Now, thanks to the remarkable generosity of our donors, patients have greater access to equipment that will improve healing, reduce infection, and can contribute to overall patient comfort when living with a large wound.”

This machine is able to travel with the patient, which is key to a person’s ability to live with as much mobility and independence as possible – even as they face significant health challenges.

Whether it is a mother who is managing complex injuries from a serious accident, a father who is recovering from a stroke, or a grandmother recovering from surgery – this new wound therapy machine will help St. Joseph’s continue to deliver state-of-the-art healthcare and compassionate, patient-centred services for years to come. “While our government funds the Health Centre’s operating costs, it doesn’t cover costs for medical equipment that is needed to meet today’s health care needs. We are so thankful to our loyal donors for supporting this initiative,” says Jennifer Hall, Vice President of Development at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Guelph.