Our Hospital - Friends of the Moncton Hospital Foundation
Inside the walls of The Moncton Hospital, everyone is responsible for patient care. The scope of
accountability goes far beyond the work of doctors, nurses and technicians. Cleaning staff ensure a hygienic
environment, food services personnel play a role in patient recovery and administrative staff maintains
records that are critical to the health of each patient, to name but a few examples.
Outside the walls of The Moncton Hospital, we are all responsible for healthcare of our community.
However, since 1965, a diverse group of individuals, families, foundations, organizations, corporations and
small businesses have made an even greater commitment to this task. We affectionately refer to them as
“Friends” and their contributions, both large and small, have helped make a profound difference in the lives
of so many.
The Friends of the Moncton Hospital Foundation raises funds to help The Moncton Hospital deliver
excellent healthcare and promote wellness to meet the needs of our communities.
The Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation Inc. was formed in 1965 through the interest and
leadership of a group of committed individuals who had a primary goal of helping TMH to raise funds in
support of better health care. Since it’s founding, the Friends of The
Moncton Hospital Foundation has fulfilled its mission with the aid of the
countless volunteers who have served on our board or on a committee,
organized a fundraising event, canvassed on our behalf, or performed
administrative tasks. Thanks to their support and to the generosity of the
community, the Friends of The Moncton Hospital generates over $4 million
annually to support The Moncton Hospital.
Health care funding is a government responsibility, but all governments
across the country are experiencing increasing difficulty in meeting this
responsibility. The government does reimburse hospitals for services to patients and pays virtually the full
operating cost of all public hospitals in New Brunswick. The government is unable to fully fund all of the
Hospitals' equipment and special program needs. That is why charitable giving is becoming more and more
essential to the provision of excellent health care and why the work of the Foundation is vital to ensuring
that The Moncton Hospital continues to stay abreast of developments in medical technology.
The Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation has raised over $30 million in the past 10 years alone.
These contributions, made possible by caring donors and volunteers, have helped The Moncton Hospital
respond to the changing healthcare needs of the community.
With roots that go as far back as 1895, The Moncton
Hospital continues to be a leader in health care
delivery and health promotion in Atlantic Canada.
Situated in one of Canada’s fastest growing cities in
the heart of the nation’s only officially bilingual
province, The Moncton Hospital has continued to
meet today’s healthcare challenges by expanding the
scope of care and adding cutting-edge technology, all
while providing exceptional service in both French
As a critical care and Level 2 trauma centre , The
Moncton Hospital is a Maritime referral destination
for acute and trauma cases, covering New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia. As
well, the hospital provides family practice and medical and surgical sub-specialties; these include
neurosurgery, medical oncology, interventional radiology, and Women and Children’s services (including
Neonatal Intensive Care).
The Moncton Hospital is a site for the Dalhousie Medical Education Program as well as the Northumberland
Centre for Medical Education and Research. The following fully accredited teaching programs are also
administered through The Moncton Hospital: Dietetic Internship Program, the School of Radiologic
Technology and Research and the Pharmacy Residency Program.
Statistics from the previous fiscal year (2012-2013) demonstrate the impact that The Moncton Hospital has
in Southeast New Brunswick and surrounding areas.
The Moncton Hospital: Key Statistics for the Fiscal Year 2012-13
Visits to Ambulatory Care Centre
Radiography Tests (Medical Imaging exams)
The following programs and services are provided by The Moncton Hospital:
The Moncton Hospital: Programs and Services
Addictions and Mental Health
Inpatient Acute Care Psychiatric Unit
Provincial Inpatient Child and Adolescent
Individual Family and Group Counseling
Methadone Treatment Program
Inpatient Addictions (Detox)
Smoking Cessation Program
The Moncton Hospital: Programs and Services (cont.)
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Ophthalmology (Eye) Surgery
Irving Neurology ICU
Sharon E. Harrison Medical/Surgical ICU
Support and Therapy
Spiritual and Religious Services
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service
Speech Language Pathology
Diagnostics and Testing
Blood and Specimen Collection
Breathing Function Lab
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Bone Marrow Biopsies
Chest Pain Assessment Clinic
Prenatal Assessment Clinic
Lipid Lowering Clinic
Chronic Wound Clinic
Gastro Intestinal (GI) Lab Clinic
Geriatric Assessment Clinic/Healthy Aging
TMH: Leading for a Healthy Tomorrow
While The Moncton Hospital provides comprehensive healthcare, there are a several areas of specialty for
which TMH is renowned:
“The entire team at TMH were exceptional”
For forty years, The
Moncton Hospital has been
a leader in the field of
Neurosciences in Atlantic
Canada. TMH is one of the
only two facilities in New
Brunswick providing tertiary care for patients
requiring neurosurgery. It also provides NeuroInterventional Services (the use of less invasive
technologies to treat patients with brain
aneurysms or with vascular problems involving
the brain, spinal cord, head or neck disorders)
making TMH a major referral centre for this
In the past decade, there has been a steady
increase in neuro admissions at The Moncton
Hospital; 3/4 of these patients require
neurosurgical procedures, further securing
TMH’s position as a major provider of
neurosurgical care to the Maritime provinces.
The Foundation’s first capital campaign in the
mid-1990’s raised $3.5 million for
neurosciences and trauma care. Foremost
among the benefits from that success was the
Irving Neuro Intensive Care Unit. Many hi-tech
pieces of equipment for neurosurgery have been
purchased through donated funds over the
In 2012, the Stealth Navigational System (SNS)
for Neurosurgery was aquired. This device
provides surgeons with a way to navigate
through the body using 3D images as their
guide, enabling safer, more precise procedures
which benefit patients by improving their
outcomes and recovery. The Metrx System for
minimally invasive spine surgery was another
acquisition for the Neurosurgery Program.
Patients undergoing this type of surgery can
often go home the same day, or following day.
Stephanie Bujold and her partner Jamie Bernatchez
believe they would not be raising their two
children today if it weren’t for The Moncton
Hospital (TMH) and its expert staff, care and
At 20 week’s pregnant, Stephanie was referred to
Dr. Lynn Murphy-Kaulbeck, Maternal Health
Specialist at The Moncton Hospital.
At TMH she was examined with a highly
sophisticated ultrasound machine that provides
extraordinary images which help clinicians see
more details regarding the pregnancy than ever
before including the baby, fluid surrounding the
baby and the placenta. The ultrasound revealed
that Stephanie’s baby was smaller than she should
be at this stage of her pregnancy causing great
concern for the infant’s development.
From then on Stephanie had an ultrasound at least
every two weeks to measure the baby’s growth rate
as well as the blood flow and oxygen levels going
to her unborn baby–critical factors for her
survival. She was also told to bring her bags to
each visit, just in case!
Unfortunately, On December 4th it was evident that
the baby’s condition was deteriorating and an
emergency caesarian section was performed.
Wee Cassia was born at 32 week’s gestation,
weighing just 2 pounds and 8 ounces. She was
placed on breathing machines for 48 hours, after
which she managed on her own. She remained in the
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 6 weeks to gain a
healthy weight before going home with a happy Mom
Today, Cassia is a healthy 3 ½ year old with no
intellectual delays. She is still on the small
side but growing bigger every day and should be on
par with the other kids by the time she starts
Stephanie attributes this wonderful outcome to the
caring, professional team at TMH and their access
to sophisticated technology that helped determine
when it was the right time for Cassia to be born.
She adds, “the entire team at TMH were exceptional
and I get teary eyed with gratitude every time I
think of what they have done for our family.”
Stephanie sums up her life by saying, “All in all
we are one happy family, living a good life and a
lot of that goes back to how I was taken care of
at The Moncton Hospital during my pregnancies. I
thankfully can’t imagine any other conclusion.”
Finally, in 2013, The Friends of The
Moncton Hospital purchased a neuro
microscope for Neurosurgery. The
majority of neurosurgical procedures
utilize a neuro microscope. A new
upgraded system brought current
equipment to modern standards and
allowed for the program to run two fully
operational operating rooms (OR) for
neurosurgery. This new microscope helps
surgeons perform safer, more precise
procedures and benefits patients by
improving their outcomes and recovery.
“You never know when life will throw you a curveball”
May 4th, 2012 began as a typical day for Riverview Middle
School Principal, Nancy Matthews. After experiencing
intense throbbing and aching in her mouth, she called her
dentist first thing the next morning who booked her in for
an emergency appointment. Her dentist took x-rays and
performed a root canal surgery on the spot.
The pain, however, did not subside. At 2 a.m. she went
downstairs to the kitchen and took some more pain
medication. Nancy never returned upstairs to bed. Before
she climbed the first step she collapsed on the floor.
Nancy only recalls bits and pieces of the rest of that
night. She remembers her brother trying to help her as
well as the paramedics treating her while she lay on her
floor. Her memory is a blur but she felt she was on the
floor for a long time and indeed she was. They were having
trouble finding her pulse and stabilizing her enough to be
able to move her.
When she was finally stable enough, they transported her
by ambulance directly to The Moncton Hospital. “It’s a
good thing my brother is a nighthawk. I can’t imagine what
would have happened to me if I wasn’t found on the floor
until morning, in fact it sends shivers right through us.”
In the 2012/2013 fiscal year, 4,251
inpatient and 3,120 day surgeries were
performed at The Moncton Hospital. The
Friends of The Moncton Hospital
Foundation has helped insure that our
surgeons, anthestheiologists and other
health care workers have best technology
at their disposal.
Recently, the Friends helped TMH
purchase a retractor system to perform
liver resection surgery. This instrument
provides reliable, stable exposure of the
surgical site and is recognized as a
requisite for the performance of safe liver
surgery. It also of benefit to patients
undergoing pancreatic, stomach and
Over the course of the next day Nancy was sent for a CAT
scan which was followed by an MRI to help determine what
caused her to collapse and if it was connected to the pain
she had been experiencing in her teeth. Nancy sensed
something serious was happening when she was sent for a
second MRI soon after the first one. After this one, she
met with Dr. Dhany Charest, Neurosurgeon at TMH who told
her they had found a brain tumour. This lesion was in the
cerebellum (a very vital area in her brain) and it was
necessary to have surgery as soon as possible to remove
The surgery would be done with the microscope in order to
limit the danger to this delicate part of the brain. On
Thursday, May 10th, just six days after the onset of her
pain, Nancy underwent brain surgery. She was relieved and
elated to find out that the tumour was not cancerous and
the removal was successful!
Coincidentally, Nancy’s son, Jack was recovering from
emergency appendix surgery at the same time she was
recovering from her brain surgery. When she looks at
photos of the two of them side by side in their hospital
beds, she surmises, “you never know when life will throw
you a curveball, or two in this case, and that makes me
that much more grateful for our good health today.”
Nancy began the school year at Riverview Middle School in
September with a renewed bounce in her step. She will have
a follow-up MRI this November to ensure everything is OK
and routine check-ups but all signs are positive that she
is fully recovered and 100% healthy. “I can’t express what
an expert Dr. Charest is. He and the entire team at The
Moncton Hospital are incredibly caring, attentive and
knowledgeable. Our community is very fortunate to have
such dedicated professionals to care for us when we need
them, and I for one can attest that you truly never know
when that might be.”
Other recent upgrades to the Operating
Room that impact liver surgery include a
new diagnostic ultrasound. This device is
required to determine the exact location
of tumours and other critical structures,
such as blood vessels, within the liver during surgery. This provides the surgeon with a real-time “road
map” of the liver which increases the success and safety of the procedure.
Women and Children’s Heatlh
The Moncton Hospital has identified the need to strengthen women and children’s healthcare in our region.
TMH is home to several essential programs that continue to receive generous support from our community.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Moncton Hospital is renowned for it’s care of the Hospital’s
tiniest and most fragile patients. Gifts to the Friends of The
Moncton Hospital Foundation have allowed the NNICU to
purchase state of the art isolettes (formerly known as incubators),
radiant warmers, the province’s first RetCam (digital imaging
system capable of capturing images of the eyes) and upgrades to
The Maternal Fetal Care Unit at TMH, which opened in 2004, is
a clinic for pregnant women who need an ultrasound to diagnose
fetal complications. The MFCU cares for hundreds of high-risk
pregnancies every year. The Clinic receives referrals from other
regions of the province as well as northern Nova Scotia, PEI, and
Quebec. Our obstetrics services delivers more than 1,320 babies annually. At the present time, The Material
Fetal Care Unit sees over 1,170 new patients annually and performs close to 4,500 ultrasounds a year.
In 2011, The Friends helped this unit purchase a Prenatal ultrasound. The technology allows our two highrisk pregnancy specialists to work with families and physicians to optimize the health of unborn babies.
The Provincial Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit is a six- bed tertiary care inpatient unit located at
The Moncton Hospital. Its functions include psychiatric diagnosis, assessment and treatment as well as
psychological, social, educational and nursing assessments for youth aged 6 to 17 less one day. The only
one of its kind in the Province, the CAPU is staffed by registered nurses, youth care workers, psychologist,
social worker, resource teacher and a clinical coordinator. In 2012/13 over 30 children received services
from the CAPU. The typical length of stay is 4-6 weeks, with patients being admitted on a referral basis
from across New Brunswick.
During the day, patients are available for testing and meet with mental healthcare professionals and group
work on various topics such as anger management, bullying, self esteem, healthy relationships, healthy
bodies and sexual education based on the needs of the youth at the time. Youth are also taken on therapeutic
outings as much as possible in the afternoons.
“Without this service, many youth would not receive full, comprehensive psychiatric, psychosocial and
psychological assessments which would impact the treatment of their mental illnesses and as well as
influence their developmental outcomes.”
Clinical Coordinator PCAPU
The Irving Ambulatory Care Centre
The Irving Ambulatory Care Centre, a $47
million 160,000 square foot extension to The
Moncton Hospital, was opened in March of
2010. The ACC includes a major trauma and
emergency referral centre and state of the art
laboratory with 18 clinics.
Clinics and services provided in the Irving
Ambulatory Care Centre include Blood
Collection; Bronchoscopy; Gastro Intestinal
Procedures; Orthopedics; Ear, Nose and Throat; and Ophthalmology, to name just a few. In 2012/13, there
were over 57,562 visits to the various clinics in this facility.
Thanks to the leadership of Robert Irving (Chair of the Healthy Returns campaign), the Friends of The
Moncton Hospital Foundation contributed over $7.5 million to equip this state of the art facility which
served over 182,948 visits in 2012-13.
“Consolidating several specialty services and clinics in the New Irving Ambulatory Care Centre has
provided access for our patients and families to an improved and more efficient variety of services in one
location. This new centre provides a broad range of services from diagnostic, to treatment and promotion
of healthcare for our patients.”
Ruth Dunnett, RN, BN, MBA
Director, Ambulatory Care & Internal Medicine Program
The Moncton Hospital continues to be one of the busiest trauma centres in
the province. In 2012/13, there were 56,483 visits to the Emergency Room.
In recognition of this, the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation
enabled the purchase of The Focused Assessment with Sonography for
Trauma (FAST Ultrasound). This device is an important tool needed to
save lives in urgent medical situations. This technology allows for the quick
diagnosis of life threatening internal injuries and assists the Emergency
Room (ER) physician in determining the most appropriate course of action
for the patient.
Furthermore, In an effort to improve the environment for critical care and limit
transport time for critically ill patients, The Sharon E. Harrison Intensive Care
Unit was officially opened in August of 2012.
Sharon E. Harrison stands in
front of the ICU named in her
honor. Beside her is her
daughter and TMH supporter
In addition to its close proximity to the Emergency/Trauma Centre, this modern ICU is located adjacent to the
Operating Rooms and a very short distance from the Medical Imaging Department and various clinics. The unit
features ten glass-fronted patient rooms with a centralized desk that allows for staff to attend to emergencies
immediately. The the $3.2 million ICU was made possible through contributions to the Friends of The Moncton
Hospital Foundation’s Healthy Returns Campaign.
Oncology and the Fight
The Moncton Hospital is committed to
being a difference maker in the fight
against cancer in Atlantic Canada.
Through the purchase of important
diagnostic and treatment technology,
there has been an improvement in early
cancer detection and treatment.
“I will always be grateful” - Jo Lynne Landry-Keating
Jo Lynne Landry-Keating considers herself to be a very lucky woman despite
facing some difficult medical hurdles. These include being treated for
Hodgkin’s lymphoma–a cancer found in her lymph nodes when she was 27
years old, followed a year later with life-threatening heart failure during the
birth of her daughter. Unfortunately, her troubles didn’t end there.
While pregnant, Jo Lynne began suffering from serious heart-burn and was
eventually diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus–a disorder in which the lining
of the esophagus is damaged by stomach acid. This condition continued
following her pregnancy and was monitored regularly as patients with this
can often develop dysplasia (pre-cancerous cells) which increases the risk of
getting cancer of the esophagus. Unfortunately, in June, 2009, dysplasia was
indeed detected in her esophagus.
TMH has three board certified Thoracic
Surgeons. The hospital has the largest
volume of lung cancer and esophageal
surgeries in the Maritimes next to
According to Dr. Frank Schweiger, Gastroenterologist, at The Moncton
Hospital (TMH), the only options for patients who have high grade dysplasia
In 2007, in an effort to address the long
wait times for breast cancer screening,
the Friends of The Moncton Hospital
raised $1.1 million for the purchase of
three new digital mammography
machines. The result is that wait times
for screening have been reduced from
over one year to less than two weeks.
In 2011, the Friends of Moncton
Hospital raised the necessary $260,000
to purchase the first Endobronchial
Ultrasound System (EBUS) for The
Moncton Hospital. The EBUS is a
revolutionary diagnostic method which
combines reliability with a minimally
invasive procedure that is rapidly
becoming the method of choice for
accurate diagnosis of pulmonary
diseases, principally lung cancer.
or early esophageal cancer is surgery to resect part of the oesophagus, usually
followed by chemotherapy and/or radiation; or being sent away for treatment
to other centres outside the Maritimes.
Timing however, was in Jo Lynne’s favour. Dr. Schweiger informed her that
new radiofrequency ablation equipment was soon arriving on loan to The
Moncton Hospital for a trial period. Jo Lynne was one of the five fortunate
people who were offered the opportunity to experience this radiofrequency
ablation at the time. Ablation is a technique where tissue is heated until it is
no longer viable or alive. This particular technology is a very specific type of
ablation, in which heat energy is delivered in a precise and highly-controlled
According to Jo Lynne, “being in the right place at the right time was simply a
godsend, and I will always be grateful for having been given this opportunity
that no doubt saved my life! I arrived in the morning and was gone by noon for
my first ablation–and other than a very sore throat and having difficulty
swallowing for a few days, I was no worse for wear. Amazing really!”
Jo Lynne underwent three ablations in total, all three months apart, to ensure
the best possible outcome. In September, 2010 she was deemed 95% cured!
Today, Jo Lynne is happy, healthy and back to working full time. She will
continue her annual check-ups but she most certainly does have every reason
to feel lucky when you consider that clinical studies have demonstrated
success rates with this ablation technology in 98.4% of patients. Dr.
Schweiger agrees, and he along with the rest of us at TMH wishes Jo Lynne a
healthy, happy future!
In Spring of 2012, The Moncton
Hospital purchased Radiofrequency
Ablation Technology. This procedure
can prevent or cure cancer of the
esophagus. It also eliminates a condition called Barrett’s Esophagus, a precancerous condition which is
commonly found in people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). TMH is the first facility in
Atlantic Canada to offer this break-through technology.
The Oncology Clinic moved to the 6th floor of The Moncton Hospital in 1997. In that year, the clinic had
6,675 patient visits. By 2012/13, the number of visits increased to 10,259. Today, this clinic remains
extremely crowded and does not have the space to adequately provide services to our patients in a safe,
efficient and confidential manner.
Recognizing the need to meet the pressing demand for a larger, safer,
more patient focused oncology clinic, in 2008, the Friends of The
Moncton Hospital Foundation organized a $1,000,000 fund raising
campaign under the slogan, Renovating the Spirit, to relocate and
redevelop the Oncology Clinic at TMH.
It soon become clear that the space proposed for renovation would not
be adequate to meet the rapidly growing need. After exploring all of
the options, it was evident that the only solution would be to build a
new building. The Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation has
recently partnered with Horizon Health Network and the Province of
New Brunswick to construct a new building to house a new and
improved Oncology Clinic which is slated to open in 2014-15.
Geastroenerologists Dr. Frank Schweiger,
Dr. Peter Lightfoot, Nurse Manager Cathy
Cormier and patient Jean Claude Leger with
the Radiofrequency Abaltion technology.
At the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation, we are poised to meet the challenges of the future and
beyond. Like all healthcare providers in the New Brunswick, The Moncton Hospital has experienced the
effect of increasing healthcare costs due to an aging population, the expense of new technologies and
advancements to current ones. The Friends of The Moncton Hospital is committed to helping TMH meet
the needs of a continuingly changing healthcare landscape while maintaining and improving its exceptional
level of care.
How can I help?
There are many ways you can help us to deliver quality and compassionate care by supporting the Friends of
The Moncton Hospital Foundation. People have many reasons for considering a gift to the Foundation to
Support for or commitment to the work of the Hospital
Creating a lasting memorial
Investing in a better community
Estate planning considerations
Our main goal is to facilitate our donors’ philanthropic objectives while optimizing tax and other financial
Did you know? By most charitable benchmarks, Hospital Foundation gifts have one of the very highest
returns on investment.
Donor Appreciation and Recognition
In September of 1992 the Foundation unveiled a special permanent tribute to the generosity of all who give
to support the care of patients at The Moncton Hospital. Every individual, corporation and community
organization who has donated a total of $10 or more since 1990 is part of the Friends for Life Donor
Recognition Display located in the main Lobby of the Hospital. The focal point for the display is two 6' x
12' stained glass renditions of a traditional friendship quilt.
Gifts of $1,000 - $4,999
Silver Plaque – Donor Wall
Gifts of $5000 – $9,999
Gold Plaque – Donor Wall
Gifts of $10,000 - $24,999
Listed as Companion
Gifts of $25,000 - $49,999
Listed as a Partner
Gifts of $50,000 - $99,999
Listed as Benefactor
Gifts of $100,000 - $149,999
Member of the Presidents Circle of Friends
Gifts of $150,000 +
Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation: Board of Directors
Paul Arsenault, Chair
David Holt, Past Chair
David Savoie, 1st Vice Chair
Steve Folwer, 2nd Vice Chair
Maria Cormie, Treasurer
Linda Saunders, Secretary
Dr. John McManaman
Dr. Jeff Mowat
Nothing is more important
than your health!
The Friends of The Moncton Hospital
135, MacBeath Avenue
506.857.5753 Fax / Télécopieur
E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.friendsfoundation.ca