• General Campus Medicine Units Score for their Floor
    Published January 7, 2014

    Never has a bladder scanner been received with such fanfare. On November 28, the CP4 and 3 Central Medicine units at the General campus excitedly welcomed the valued piece of equipment and celebrated the successful completion of the hospital’s first “Score for Your Floor” campaign.

    Launched in March of 2013, Score for Your Floor is a fundraising initiative The Scarborough Hospital Foundation (TSHF) created “as a new way to get staff engaged in supporting the hospital on a much more personal level,” said Michele Varela, TSHF Vice President of Philanthropy.

    “Each unit raises funds for equipment that they have identified as a need and that will improve patient care. Staff naturally has a connection to their unit or department and the goal is to help them feel empowered and part of the solution.”

    CP4 and 3 Central staff enthusiastically embraced this philosophy, raising an impressive $8,000 towards the $16,000 total cost of the bladder scanner – a machine that uses a form of ultrasound to measure the amount of urine in the bladder. The remaining $8,000 was generously matched by donor Sima Shah.

    “The Scarborough Hospital has always been our hospital,” said Sima, who attended the event with her daughter Maitri. “My younger daughter was born at the Birchmount campus, my father-in-law passed away there, and my husband came to the General campus for his dialysis training before he passed away last July.

    “Our experience with this hospital has always been very good. Very positive. So when I contacted the foundation to make a donation, I told them instead of just giving a general dollar amount, I was interested in helping to purchase a piece of equipment. It’s been great to be able to give back as part of the Score for Your Floor project.”

    “Using a bladder scanner to check if patients are voiding properly is now considered best practice,” said Laura Kane, Patient Care Manager of CP4 and 3 Central. “We’ve been sharing our one existing bladder scanner between the two floors, so having this extra scanner will make a world of difference to patient care, as well as staff satisfaction.”

    Although the fundraising for the bladder scanner may be complete, Foundation President and CEO Michael Mazza had just one more request of staff at the event. “Go out and brag to your colleagues throughout the hospital,” he enthused. “We want to let others know what’s possible and encourage them to be our next ‘Score for Your Floor’ success story!”

    If you are interested in learning more about The Scarborough Hospital’s Score for Your Floor program, contact Michele Varela at 416-438-2911 ext. 6662 or

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