Thank you to Shannon Wright and Nicole Gervais of Coast Capital Saving for their Teddy Bear donation! The toys will provide comfort to children receiving medical care at the hospital.
The operating room is a critical care area. On rare occasions very sick patients require advanced cardiac life support while in the O.R at NRGH. At minimum, the O.R. is staffed with 1 anaesthesiologist, 1 surgeon and 2 O.R. nurses. When a cardiac arrest occurs, the anaesthesiologist, who is trained in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), calls a “Code Blue”. While waiting for the hospital’s Code Blue team to arrive the O.R. nurses support the anaesthesiologist with lifesaving measures. It is therefore part of the an O.R. nurse’s annual competencies to have Basic Cardiac Life Support.
The O.R. nurses felt it would be extremely beneficial in a “Code Blue” situation if they too were trained in ACLS in order to better support the anaesthesiologist. Due to the cost of ACLS training, the Hospital Foundation was approached for funding support. On November 18, six RN’s did the ACLS training and to date, the Hospital Foundation has provided funding for 28! The training has provided a tremendous boost to the O.R. staff’s ability to work as a team during these critical events and resulted in improved quality of support for the patients. Thank you to Life Safe Medical Training for providing a discount on the course fees and to our donors for making this support possible
Thank you to Quality Foods for their generous $15,000 donation to their Community Health Endowment! Established in 2008, the Quality Foods Community Health Endowment has grown to $262,000 and the interest generated is used to purchase medical equipment for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville. Thank you Quality Foods!
Thank you to Toys”R”Us Canada and Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada for the $2,000 donation from the Toys ‘R’ Us grant program! The funds will be used to purchase Teddy Bears which provide great comfort to children who visit Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for medical care. The Hospital Foundation is very grateful to be a recipient of this generous partnership.
Congratulations to Fairwinds Golf Club – Golf Shop for being awarded Regional Golf Shop of the Year for Vancouver Island! They received the recognition at the PGA of British Columbia’s annual awards ceremony. Fairwinds has been the host golf course of the Foundation’s annual Golf for Life Charity Classic and we are very grateful for their generosity over the past 25 years!
The Mid-Island Woodworkers Guild, supporters of the Hospital Foundation, is participating in the Woodworking Showcase from November 5 to November 30 at the Nanaimo Arts Council. The beautiful rocking horse, made by Douglas Davies and Tony Dobson, will be on display and the proceeds of its sale will be donated to the Hospital Foundation.
A big thank you to the Parksville Quilters Guild for their generous support! Over the past year they have donated an incredible number of items – 45 comfort quilts to the Chemotherapy Unit and 33 to the Renal Unit and to Neonatal Intensive Care – 303 knit hats, 115 flannel wraps, 30 flannel receiving blanket incubator covers and 130 baby quilts! Quilters Guild member Chris Kotzian, poses with just some of the materials used to create these wonderful gifts.