Ellen Brown

WCGH hospital in Alberni gets $100K gift

The West Coast General Hospital Auxiliary has donated $100,000 to the hospital to purchase items on its wish list.

For the third year in a row, the West Coast General Hospital Auxiliary has donated $100,000 to the hospital to purchase items on its wish list.

Irene Loewen handed the cheque over to WCGH site director Ellen Brown during the auxiliary’s annual appreciation tea, held Monday in the hospital’s cafeteria.

“This is the most amazing thing,” Brown told those gathered for the tea. “You strengthen the community. Every single person in this community, if they haven’t been in this hospital, they’ve had a family member, friend, neighbour…come through those doors.”

Nearly half of the total raised—$48,500—was raised at The Attic, the auxiliary’s thrift store in Adelaide Shopping Centre on Johnston Road, Loewen said. Other funds come from the gift shop and the annual bazaar.

Last year’s donation went towards new bariatric equipment such as a pivot disc for transfering patients, a Bili Lite to treat newborns afflicted with jaundice, a therapeutic mattress to help reduce bedsores and equipment for the psychiatric ward.

“It’s for the comfort of the patients,” she explained. “The auxiliary was formed because at one time you didn’t get all the ‘extras’. You just got the essentials.”

In addition, anything purchased with funds from the auxiliary stays in the Alberni Valley, Loewen said.

Brown said hospital staff is putting together its wish list for 2013.

Acting mayor Wendy Kerr praised the auxiliary’s volunteers for their fundraising efforts. “The hospital here is so lucky to have you,” Kerr said.


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