Hospital receives auxiliary donations

Sam Odrowski

The La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary recently donated a new bathtub and treadmill to the local hospital to better serve patients.
The auxiliary pledged $30,000 in the fall of 2016 to purchase the tub, then pledged $2,500 last fall to buy the treadmill.
The treadmill became fully functional back on April 5 and has been helping physiotherapy patients ever since.
Auxiliary president Judy Webster said a new treadmill was much-needed at the hospital, noting the old one was worn out and in need of replacing.
The new bathtub, meanwhile, was installed on April 13 and will be utilized by the Coronary Care Unit on the first floor of the hospital.
The pledge for the bathtub came after reviewing the hospital’s capital list that outlines equipment and upgrades it is in need of but can’t afford.
Webster said the hospital’s old bathtub was very out of date and, like the treadmill, was in serious need of replacing.
The funding for these two pledges comes from the auxiliary’s yearly fundraisers, donations, and money made from the gift shop and vending machine it manages at the hospital.
Webster said auxiliary members see a lot of value in the hospital and understand the importance of supporting it.
“It’s something we cannot do without,” she stressed, adding it’s a service everyone needs to access at some point in their life.
The auxiliary has an aging membership of 300 and always is looking for new members, both male and female.
“We have a good auxiliary, a wonderful membership, everyone works hard,” Webster enthused.
“But we would always love to have new members.”
Anyone interested in joining the auxiliary can drop by the hospital gift shop any weekday from 12:30.-3:30 p.m. to fill out a membership form.
Alternatively, those who would like to volunteer can call 274-3190 and express their interest.
The local hospital auxiliary has been in existence for 66 years and Webster looks forward to many more.