The 2015 Light a Bulb Campaign is supporting surgical services to decrease wait times for hip and knee surgeries at VJH. Aging joints (hips and knees) and fractures are some of the greatest challenges we all face as we age. As Canadians grow older, so does the demand for quality orthopaedic care. This results in hospitals experiencing greater pressures and increased wait times for surgeries.
At Vernon Jubilee Hospital our orthopaedic team is ready to increase hip and knee surgeries. We have operating room space, but we need additional equipment to make this happen. Imagine helping to reduce surgical wait times for your friends, neighbors and loved ones.
Last year, 285 hip surgeries were performed at VJH. Currently there are 171 individuals waiting for hip surgery. Surgeons performed 255 knee surgeries but 432 patients continue to have lengthy waits for their surgeries.
“One reason is an insufficient quantity of specialized surgical instrumentation required to provide quality care at a volume that would help decrease these long wait times.”
Dr. P. Dooley, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Additional equipment will help surgeons dramatically reduce the wait times for these critical surgeries. Anyone who has experienced bone and joint pain realizes how time is crucial in relieving discomfort. Timely surgery will decrease pain and increase mobility, allowing patients a return to normal activity and a healthier lifestyle. Your donation can significantly increase the quality of life for those waiting for orthopaedic surgeries.
“Your support will help us achieve this year’s Light a Bulb campaign goal to raise $200,000 for orthopaedic surgical equipment. Please be a part of the solution. Give to Light a Bulb.”
Marg Bailey, Light a Bulb Chair