The Health Foundation has been upgrading equipment in the maternity ward of the regional hospital in Yorkton over the last year. Purchases include items like fetal heart monitors, infant resuscitation equipment, infant ventilators, new chairs for breastfeeding, infant warmers and bili blankets.
“We are grateful for the donations our donors made, which have allowed us to upgrade this equipment,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation. “The maternity ward of the hospital is a busy with over 700 babies born some years."
In the photo at right the bili blanket is being used by Danielle Wilk and baby Ivy. The bili blankets allow mom to hold the baby while they are receiving phototherapy, which is better than separating mom and baby and placing the baby under bili lights.
The annual Rhythm 'n Ribs BBQ and Music Festival is coming up in late July, but it is not too early for artists and amateur BBQ enthusiasts to get their entries in to perform on stage, and to perform on their barbeque.
The 20th Anniversary Charity Golf Classic held June 6 at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton and was a huge success with golfers and sponsors raising money to buy medical equipment for six healthcare facilities in the region.
This year Farming for Health seeded approximately 380 acres of canola in mid-May after harrowing the land south of Queen Street in Yorkton.
Larry Hilworth, Committee Chair for the project, noted that this is year seven for Farming for Health. "Our first five years were dedicated to raising $1 million for a new hospital. We reached that goal. Starting last year, our funds are being used to buy equipment that will make a difference in people’s lives right away. Last year we raised $159,000 and used those funds to purchase new equipment for the lab in the Yorkton Regional Hospital."
This year Farming for Health committee intends to purchase a new ultrasound machine for the Regional Hospital with the proceeds of their work. A new ultrasound machine costs about $200,000.
“We have had the same core group on our organizing committee for several years now, and they stepped up in a big way this year, and every year. The local implement dealers, Pattison Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Equipment, and Yorkton New Holland seed and harvest the crop each year. Yorkton Co-op donates the fuel, Logan Stevens picks rocks and has staff run equipment, Cargill provides fertilizer and storage, Miccar Aerial applies fungicide and pesticide, City of Yorkton donates the land, Bayer Crop Science donates crop inputs, Corteva provides our seed, AVT Transport hauls our grain and Louis Dreyfus Company buys our crop. Agratactics Agronomy provides the agronomic services,” continued Mr. Hilworth.
“What I love about this project is that it brings together businesses and people who are in competition with each other, but they all put that aside and work together because this project is about making our community a better place. It’s good to be a part of that.”
“This is our core group, but there are many other businesses that help. Last year we had nine combines in the field at harvest; that’s an example of how people want to participate and help. I had other calls asking if we needed anything, and it is wonderful to see how the agriculture community is prepared to step up,” Mr. Hilworth noted.
Photo above: Larry Hilworth, left, and Jason Popowich as Farming for Health seeding got underway. Larry provided his semi and hauled the fertilizer for two days and Jason picked rocks. Rocky Mountain Equipment seeded the crop this year.
The draws to select the winners of the Cash Lottery and 50/50 draw were held May 31. The winners are:
Lottery license LR18-0087
This lottery has helped to buy a CT scanner, digital mammography equipment, echocardiogram, rehabilitation equipment for stroke and heart attack victims, equipment for the operating room, for the intensive care unit and for the lab.
The Health Foundation greatly appreciates the support of individuals, businesses and organizations who make it possible for us to purchase critical equipment to improve healthcare throughout east-central Saskatchewan. Please consider making a donation today.
The 13th annual GX94 and FOX FM Airwaves for Health Radiothon will be held April 29 and 30. Harvard Broadcasting covers all of the costs of the radiothon, so 100% of donations go toward buying medical equipment.
The annual Charity Golf Classic is held at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton in June. Golfers and sponsors raise money to buy medical equipment for facilities in the region.
The third barbeque and music festival is held in late July at the Exhibition Grounds in Yorkton. It is a free and family-friendly event with something for everyone.
Whether you want to run 2k, 5k, 10k or 21k and compete against others, or walk 5k at your own pace, the Charity Road Race and Community Walk lets you compete and contribute in August.
The annual late-October gala, with a unique theme that changes every year, provides a social evening with dinner, dancing, and a silent auction.
Each spring local agri-businesses and people seed the crop, and harvest it in fall. The result is that Farming for Health has raised more than $1 million in its first five years. And still going strong.
The Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to being the leaders in continuously improving and expanding the quality of healthcare and medical services in east central Saskatchewan.
Our mission is to work in partnership with donors, the community, healthcare providers and government to raise and invest funds in capital and educational initiatives that will enhance healthcare services for our health region.
The Foundation is guided by a volunteer board, and operates independently from both the health region and government. It receives no money other than your much-appreciated donations.