Hospital auxiliary gives $65,000 for equipment

Sam Odrowski

The La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary held its annual fall tea on Saturday, in which it announced a $65,000 donation to the hospital for the purchase of a sterile processing washer/disinfector.
“It is a unit that thoroughly cleans the [hospital’s] instruments prior to sterilizing them,” said auxiliary president Judy Webster.
“If the instruments aren’t clean, they cannot be sterile,” she explained.
“It is a mandatory stage in the infection control process in order to meet quality control standards.”
Webster also spoke about the auxiliary’s 2016-17 donation of a tub and lift that cost $30,000 and was installed this past year.
“I have received calls about how much it has been enjoyed,” she noted.
For 2017-18, the auxiliary pledged $22,500 for the purchase of a TV for the isolation room, two Stryker beds, a treadmill for out-patient services, and a Palm Aid 2000 which helps to train patients to learn how to use prosthetics.
Webster thanked all the auxiliary members for their countless hours spent volunteering and unwavering support.
“These pledges couldn’t have been made possible without your help and support,” she stressed.
About 100 people attended the annual event to hear about the donation, enjoy tea with friends, and pay their membership dues.
The fall tea helps to raise money for the auxiliary’s yearly donations, in addition to its “Spirit of Christmas” event, “Strawberry Social,” and “Rockin’ for a Reason” fundraisers.
Money also is raised through raffles, the hospital gift shop, and vending machines that the auxiliary volunteers to look after and maintain.
Due to the number of patients in La Verendrye Hospital’s CCU who are waiting to go into Rainycrest, the auxiliary is rounding up members to entertain them.
“In the summertime, there was a student that was doing crafts and entertaining them upstairs, so we’re hoping by the end of this month to start doing something for them,” Webster said.
They are planning to do co-ordinated visits where they read to patients, sit with them, play cards, and chat.
Webster is encouraging residents to join the hospital auxiliary if they are looking to get active and give back in a meaningful way.
“If you want to join, if you want something to do, we’re a good group,” she remarked.
Anyone interested in joining can contact Webster at 274-3190 or via e-mail at dan_webster5@sympatico.ca or membership director Marnie Cumming at 274-3368 or mcumming@fortfrances.com

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