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Six departments getting new equipment thanks to auxiliary donation

Volunteer group raises $81K
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The Timmins and District Hospital Auxiliary’s annual donation is going a long way to help the facility.

At its annual Christmas lunch today, the auxiliary donated $81,000 to the Timmins and District Hospital Foundation. The cash is being divided between six departments to purchase new equipment.

The money is raised throughout the year by the volunteer group at the hospital gift shop, bazaars, Tuck Wagon and more. There are currently 112 members, 80 of whom are active. Since 1993, the auxiliary has donated more than $1.5 million to the foundation.

“Our volunteers do this work for the betterment of health services for northern communities,” said Ann Rudd-Robin, auxiliary president, in a statement. “Many of our members and their families and friends have benefitted from the equipment purchased by the auxiliary.”

Laboratory supervisor Daryl Korriveau said the lab is often forgotten about for equipment.

With the auxiliary’s donation, the department is receiving a new $20,000 refrigerator.

He explained that blood products need to be stored between 2 C and 6 C.  

“This new refrigerator has all kinds of alarms on it so anything outside those values it will notify us and switchboard,” Korriveau said. “It’s a very nice fridge.”

Other areas the money is being used for are:

  • A Slit Lamp in the ER ($10,000);
  • Five treatment chairs in the ER ($10,000);
  • BiPap Machine for Diagnostic Imaging Cardio-Pulmonary ($23,000);
  • Two Bariatric Treatment Tables for Therapies ($7,000);
  • Nephroscope for Surgery/Urology ($5,000); and
  • Glidescope Cable for Surgery ($6,000).