Lodge of Australia Felix and Eastern Health

  • Thursday 18 October 2018
  • Box Hill Hospital
  • VWBro. Jim Puohotaua

On Thursday 18 October 2018, several members of the Lodge of Australia Felix No. 1 assembled at the Box Hill Hospital to hand over a cheque to Mr. Jason Smith who is the Director of the Eastern Health Foundation. The cheque presentation was followed by a guided tour of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) led by Dr Max Moser, one of the senior physicians and trainers within the ICU and Dr Jennifer Cooke, Director of the Cardiology Department. The tour concluded with a splendid morning tea, which included fruit platters and a fine selection of finger food. Thanks to Bob Couzin Wood and Carolyn Schuwalow, Deputy Director of the Easter Eastern Health Foundation who together organised the event.

Our Lodge Delegation was led by our Worshipful Master, Dr Thomas Mikeska and included Councillor Andrew Davenport in his official capacity as the Mayor of the City of Whitehorse, Dr George Streitberg in his capacity as Deputy Chairman of the Freemasons Foundation Victoria, and Lodge Members Dr Ashleigh Andrews, Bob Couzin Wood, Barry Goodall and Jim Puohotaua.

VWBro. Dr George Streitberg, PGIWkgs and Vice Chairman Freemasons Foundation Victoria, Mr Jason Smith, Director Eastern Health Foundation, WBro. Dr Thomas Mikeska, WM, and WBro. Andrew Davenport, PM and Mayor of City of Whitehorse

The Eastern Health Foundation is the fundraising arm of Eastern Health and all funds raised are used on provisioning better health services in both equipment and facilities throughout Eastern Victoria’s City of Whitehorse and surrounding municipalities. The members of the Lodge approved a contribution of $2,000, which was further supplemented by an additional Grant of $2,000 from Freemasons Foundations Victoria. As they say in the TV ads, ‘but wait there is more!’ 

The money collected in our Blue Ribbon Foundation Collection tins at each Lodge meeting will eventually find its way to the Box Hill ICU as well. The Blue Ribbon Foundation is also supporting Eastern Health Foundation’s ICU project. In brief, the project to upgrade the Box Hill Public Hospital Cardiology and ICU services facilities and equipment is through the acquisition of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) equipment. This will facilitate the treatment of patients who currently need to be transported to other hospitals for treatment.

Bro. Dr Ashleigh Andrews, MM, WBro. Barry Goodall, PM, WBro. Dr George Streitberg, PGIWkgs and Vice Chairman Freemasons Foundation Victoria, Mr Jason Smith, Director Eastern Health Foundation, WBro. Dr Thomas Mikeska, WM, WBro. Andrew Davenport, PM and Mayor of City of Whitehorse, and WBro. Bob Couzin Wood, PM

What is extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)?
ECMO is a way to provide breathing and heart support. It’s usually used for critically ill infants with heart or lung disorders. ECMO can provide necessary oxygenation to an infant while doctors treat the underlying condition. Older children and adults may also benefit from ECMO under certain circumstances.

ECMO uses a type of artificial lung called a membrane oxygenator to oxygenate the blood. It combines with a warmer and a filter to supply oxygen to the blood and return it to the body.

Critical Care Display Room

Who needs ECMO?
Doctors place patients on ECMO because they have serious, but reversible, heart or lung problems. ECMO takes over the work of the heart and lungs. This gives the patient a chance to recuperate.

ECMO can give the tiny hearts and lungs of newborns more time to develop and may also be a bridge before and after treatments like heart surgery.

According to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, ECMO is necessary only in extreme situations. In general, this is after other supportive measures have been unsuccessful. Without it, the survival rate in such situations is around 20 percent or less. With ECMO, the survival rate can rise to 60 percent.

For infants, conditions that may require ECMO include, respiratory distress syndrome (difficulty breathing), congenital diaphragmatic hernia (a hole in the diaphragm), meconium aspiration syndrome (inhalation of waste products), pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery), severe pneumonia, respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, cardiac surgery and sepsis

A child might need ECMO if they experience, pneumonia, severe infections, congenital heart defects, cardiac surgery, trauma and other emergencies, aspiration of toxic materials into the lungs and asthma

In an adult might need ECMO if they experience, pneumonia, trauma and other emergencies, heart support after cardiac failure and severe infections.