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, allowint 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.
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 Health Foundation received an extremely generous donation of $150,000 from Mrs. Evelyn Pidhorney. The donation will be used to assist the purchase of the new operating room and lab equipment that is critically needed in the hospital.
“This is an exceptional and generous donation, that we are very grateful to receive,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation. “The equipment Mrs. Pidhorney is helping us purchase will be used every day, and benefit thousands of people every year. Literally thousands of people will benefit directly and her generosity will also have a very positive impact for the community generally.”
“I’m in my 80s now and thought since I’m in a position to make larger donations, now is a good time. I would like to see how my money is used and know it will benefit my community,” said Mrs Pidhorney. “The important thing to me is that I want my money to be used locally, to benefit the community I’ve lived in.”
“I think it is important to consider what you can do to help your community when you are planning your estate or getting to a stage in your life where you can make larger donations,” continued Mrs. Pidhorney. “I hope other people think about how they might help their community as well.”
“We are very fortunate at the Foundation to meet people like Evelyn who genuinely want to help others and receive nothing in return. Donations like this are remarkable as they are so selfless; Mrs. Pidhorney obviously wants to help her community and the people who live in this area,” said Mr. Fisher.
“This donation covers half the cost of the equipment we need to buy, and I trust we will raise the remainder of the money needed quickly. People respond to this kind of leadership, it will lend momentum to our fundraising campaign,” continued Mr. Fisher. “Of course, this equipment will be able to move to the new hospital when it is built.”
Evelyn Pidhorney faced many challenges in her life, but she didn’t let those challenges impede her or define her. Evelyn had polio when she was very young which left her with mobility challenges and she needed braces and crutches most of her life.
Mrs. Pidhorney was a very determined woman. She knew she would face challenges in her life and wanted to put herself in a position to deal with them. She took correspondence courses to obtain her accounting degree and was eventually able to open her own business, E & P Agencies, and provided people with income tax, insurance and investment advice and service.
Evelyn passed away November 15, 2020 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre one day before her 85th birthday.
Mrs. Pidhorney and Ross Fisher of The Health Foundation.
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.