The Health Foundation has purchased important equipment for the Yorkton Regional Health Centre in 2020, made possible by generous donations and despite the fact that major fund-raising events had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.
Photos 1 and 2: A special freezer that allows the hospital to store a specialty cancer treatment drug was purchased, allowing the hospital to provide a new services so patients do not have to travel.
Photo 3: A new telemetry system for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Yorkton Regional Hospital was purchased at a cost of $365,000. It was expensive, but when we talk about the ICU we really are talking about life saving equipment.
Photo 4: The Health Foundation purchased two ventilators for the Yorkton Regional Hospital. The provincial government agreed to buy one ventilator if we raised the funds for two. We purchased a neo-natal ventilator for use in the maternity department and another for respiratory services which will be used mainly in the Emergency Room and the ICU. The neo-natal ventilator is needed for babies born with respiratory conditions who have difficulty breathing or cannot breathe without assistance.
Photo 5: We purchased another vein finder machine. One was purchased over a year ago and it was exceptionally well received by staff and patients, but it was not enough to meet the needs of the hospital. It illuminates the vein so that it is easy for staff to find the vein and insert a needle painlessly.
Photos below: The Health Foundation purchased vital laboratory equipment for the Yorkton Regional Health Centre.
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We thank all our donors who supported the work of The Health Foundation as we purchase equipment to upgrade our local healthcare services.
This has been a very unusual year for everyone, including The Health Foundation. But as best we can, we continue to make our corner of the world a good place to live. If we can help make a difference in the care people receive, or help to put a new service in place, that is certainly worth doing. Thanks to the generosity of residents, businesses and organizations, we have been able to do both over the years.
Our goal is to raise $288,000 by the end of 2020 to complete our purchases of critical equipment, so it can be put in place as soon as possible.
The new digital mammography equipment for which we raised the funds will be installed before the end of this year. Covid-19 caused some delays in purchasing and installing this equipment but we are now past that. This year has also seen new telemetry equipment installed in the Intensive Care Unit and in the Emergency Room. In addition we put a new hematology analyzer and bladder scanner in the lab, bought the Lucas chest compression system for the emergency room, and purchased three items so the ear nose and throat specialist can do procedures here so people don’t have to travel.
We didn’t just buy equipment. We paid for nurses to take the critical care course (ICU) and the course to become an operating room nurse. We spent another $24,000 on workshops for therapists and nurses to help upgrade their clinical skills.
We are now looking to upgrade the equipment in the operating rooms and put new equipment in the lab of the Regional Hospital in Yorkton.
The Farming for Health committee is pleased to announce that $107,595 was raised during the 2020 crop year. Co-chairs Larry Hilworth and Al Mitchell presented a cheque to Ross Fisher of The Health Foundation.
The funds will be used to purchase an Ortho Gel workstation, a blood gas and carboxyhemoglobin analyzer with interface and a platelet incubator and agitator for the lab; a stretcher for day surgery; hemodialysis chairs; a vaccine/medication fridge for the operating room and an end tidal C02 monitor for intensive care.
"This is a project that all of the participants believe in," said Larry Hilworth, Co-Chair of the Committee. "There is a lot of work to farming this land; all of the businesses involved set aside their own business for a period of time to donate time, equipment or product to make this project successful. This project is a success because the people involved care and want to see the project succeed."
"This project is possible because the city of Yorkton donates the land. The city allows us to lease the land for four years at a time at no charge. Providing us the land for several years at a time allows us to plan, and organize our efforts in the most efficient manner,” said Al Mitchell.
"This cheque we are presenting today is from the efforts of businesses and individuals who believe in giving back to their community. Everyone working on this project understands we all have to work to make our communities better places to live work and raise our families," continued Mr. Hilworth.
Members of the Farming for Health committee are Pattison Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Equipment, Mazer Group, Agratactics Agronomy, Miccar Aerial, Louis Dreyfus Company, Legacy Co-operative and Assiniboine Valley Transfer (AVT). In addition to these businesses there are a number of individuals and businesses that participate and contribute in the project.
This was the eighth year for the Farming for Health project. The committee reached their goal of setting aside $1million for a new hospital in 2017; since then proceeds are used to purchase specific medical equipment that will enhance our local healthcare right away. In total Farming for Health has raised $1,478,183 for local healthcare.
Al Mitchell, left, and Larry Hilworth, right, make the presentation to Ross Fisher.
The 14th annual GX94 and FOX FM Airwaves for Health Radiothon will be held April 27 and 28. Harvard Broadcasting covers all of the costs of the radiothon, so 100% of donations go toward buying medical equipment.
Cancelled for 2020
The annual Charity Golf Classic will be held at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton June 4. Golfers and sponsors raise money to buy medical equipment for facilities in the region.
Cancelled for 2020
The fourth barbeque and music festival is held July 24, 25 and 26 at the Exhibition Grounds in Yorkton. It is a free and family-friendly event with something for everyone.
Cancelled for 2020
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 August 16.
Cancelled for 2020
The annual gala is held in October. It's a much-anticipated late fall 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 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 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.