Members of the Hospital Auxiliary were taken on a tour of Queen Victoria Hospital last Tuesday to see how the institution has put their fundraising efforts to use.
QVH Manager Julie Lowes said the Hospital Auxiliary’s fund raising ensures that the hospital can acquire up-to-date equipment that it might not, as a small hospital, otherwise have access to through the Interior Health Authority’s capital planning process.
“As you can imagine, the extensive sites that Interior Health covers, limited capital dollars and the subsequent long lists of requests from sites means we all have to prioritize our requests so that each site gets the essential items it needs,” she said. “The Auxiliary then helps us go that step further in purchasing equipment to complement and enhance the care/service to our patients.”
QVH provides the Auxiliary with a Wish List that it reviews and then decides what it can find money for. The Auxiliary also approves smaller items for Mt Cartier Court, such as activities items, blanket warmers, leather recliners and over-bed tables.
How has the hospital put the Auxiliary’s funding to use? Here’s a list of the latest purchases:
- Rehabiliation – High-Lo Beds – $3,074 each – 2 were purchased
- Radiography – Single Plate Reader & CR Console – $63,710
- OR – Head lamp with light souce – $4,023
- OR – Portable Opthalmascope – $895
- OR – Arthroscopy Instruments – $29,865
- Maternity – Infant Warmer System – $46,740
- OR – Video Colonoscope – $54,720
- ER – Slit Lamp – $19,096
The images below will give you a visual idea of the Auxiliary’s fruitful efforts: