Portable equipment on hospital foundation’s case for support

Diane Crocker
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Mary Rousseau, president of the Western Memorial Regional Hospital Auxiliary, chats with Dr. Tony Tavenor following the announcement of the Western Regional Hospital Foundation’s 2014-2015 case for support Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

The Western Regional Hospital Foundation is aiming to raise $460,000 over the next year to support its 2014-2015 case for support.

The money raised will go to the purchase of equipment aimed at providing enhanced technology, improved patient monitoring, advanced ergonomic design and superior diagnostic capabilities that will be spread throughout Western Memorial Regional Hospital in the emergency, endoscopy, ICU, maternal newborn, medical imaging, renal dialysis, respiratory therapy and urology departments.

“When we buy multiple items, like we’re doing this year, what people seem to like is we’re affecting so many different areas of health care,” said Dr. Tony Tavenor, a director with the foundation, following the official announcement at Western Memorial Regional Hospital on Tuesday. “The gamut of types of patients people are helping is incredible and I think people feel a connection with that.”

While a new hospital is still some time away, Tavenor said being portable the equipment purchased can be moved to the new hospital. But portability has nothing to do with what types of equipment will be purchased.

Tavenor said the list is predetermined by the hospital administration and the province. The list of what’s needed goes to the administration and government who decide what the order of importance is.

“And then they come to us and ask us to pick off that list and we tend to try and start near the top and work our way to the bottom.

“It comes based on need, not on portability.”

How the money will be spent:

— Patient monitoring equipment — $86,500

— Vital signs equipment — $102,000

— Scopes (endoscopy, urology and gynecology) — $205,000

— Infant isolettes (2) — $20,000

— Portable ventilator — $17,000

— Portable ultrasound — $11,000

— EKG — $18,500

Source: Western Memorial Regional Hospital Foundation

Organizations: Western Memorial Regional Hospital Foundation

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