Foundation announces equipment purchases
The St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation has been able to purchase $313,000 in much-needed capital items for the hospital over the past six months, thanks to the support of businesses, community groups and individuals.
A total of $25,000 was raised for the foundation through the Eve of Destruction at the Estevan Motor Speedway last September, and the net revenues from the inaugural Festival of Trees in November were $56,000. The foundation has received many other donations from the community in recent months, too.
“This is exactly why we are here,” said Hospital Foundation executive director Becky Conly. “We raise money in order to assist St. Joseph’s Hospital with costs that are not forecasted under their annual budget, and that are not covered by government funding.
“We are so fortunate to have such generous businesses and individuals here in southeast Saskatchewan who truly understand the importance of a dynamic and strong healthcare system.”
Conly said a lot of items remain on the wish list, and some major repairs will be needed at the hospital in the future.
The partnership between the foundation and the hospital is codependent, and when the community supports the foundation, it is also backing the hospital.
Items that have been or will be purchased include (listed by department):
*Cafeteria: A hot and cold pass through for $20,000.
*Emergency department: A mobile ultrasound for $40,000, a cardiac monitor for $20,000, and two IV pumps worth a total of $12,000.
*Laboratory: Two electrocardiogram systems for $22,000, and a centrifuge system for $8,200.
*Long-term care: Blinds that are worth $12,000, a mobile medical chair for $6,300, a blood pressure machine for $5,000, and recreation therapy items for $1,000.
*Maternity: A Bilisoft system for $6,500, and a neonatal oxygen blender worth $5,000.
*Operating room: Two tables with a total value of $80,000, and table accessories for $10,000.
*Pharmacy: three medication charts for $24,000, and a medication refrigerator for $6,000.
*Unit A – Medical: A bladder Doppler for $20,000, Telehealth units for $14,000, and a bedside table for $1,000.
“Improvements to health services in our community, and the on-going services provided by our team of health care professionals, are dependent on the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation,” said hospital executive director Greg Hoffort. “We simply could not offer the services that we do without the support from the foundation and the generous contributions from the community.”
The foundation's next fundraiser will be its annual Radiothon for Life on Wednesday, March 19. It will be broadcast on Golden West Broadcasting's local radio stations.