A lit­tle help from their friends

Glace Bay Hospital gets new equip­ment, thanks to foun­da­tion

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

The Glace Bay Hospital has some new equip­ment, thanks to a lit­tle help from some friends.

Kelsea MacNeil, com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer with the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospital Foun­da­tion, said the Glace Bay General Hospital Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion re­cently pur­chased two new pieces of im­por­tant and needed equip­ment for the Glace Bay Hospital in­clud­ing a new elec­tromyo­g­ra­phy ma­chine at a cost of $26,050 and a por­ta­ble phys­i­o­log­i­cal/car­diac mon­i­tor­ing ma­chine at a cost of $55,000.

MacNeil said mem­bers of the foun­da­tion's board got to­gether with some of the hospital staff to view the equip­ment.

“They got to­gether to learn more about the equip­ment and to see it in ac­tion,” she said.

“They were able to see how the equip­ment they bought pro­vided pa­tient care.”

MacNeil said the elec­tromyo­g­ra­phy ma­chine is used in di­ag­no­sis and mon­i­tor­ing of pe­riph­eral neu­ro­logic dis­ease and en­sures that pa­tients from Glace Bay have ac­cess to the care they need in their com­mu­nity. She said the phys­i­o­log­i­cal/car­diac mon­i­tor­ing ma­chine is por­ta­ble, pro­vid­ing more ef­fi­ciency in check­ing heart-mon­i­tor­ing func­tion in pa­tients.

As well as the pur­chase of the two new pieces of equip­ment, MacNeil said the GBGHCF made a do­na­tion of $5,000 to Judy Price for a schol­ar­ship fund in the mem­ory of her hus­band, David Price. Price was the past pres­i­dent of the Glace Bay General Hospital Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion.

The GBGHCF board also pre­sented a check for $25,000 to Brad Ja­cobs, CEO of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospital Foun­da­tion, to sup­port the Omni-Cell Distri­bu­tion Sys­tem that will sup­port safe and con­trolled phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sys­tems.

MacNeil said the GBGHCF has been work­ing in partnership with the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospital Foun­da­tion over the past sev­eral months to en­sure world-class care for Cape Bre­ton­ers.

She said the GBGHCF — formed in 1992 — is made up en­tirely of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers work­ing hard for years to pro­vide equip­ment and fund­ing to spe­cial­ized projects for the com­mu­nity of Glace Bay.

Fred Court­ney, for­mer chair of the foun­da­tion, said the funds for the equip­ment came from the for­mer Glace Bay General Hospital Foun­da­tion, money raised through the “check off ” through the days of the min­ers. He said the money was raised years ago, in­vest­ments were made and added to the sum.

“The money raised was ear­marked for the Glace Bay Hospital,” he said. “We de­cided to use the funds to buy equip­ment to ben­e­fit the hospital.”

SUB­MIT­TED BY KELSEA MACNEIL

Dr. Laith Shi­mon tries out the new elec­tromyo­g­ra­phy ma­chine at the Glace Bay Hospital with the help of Beth Cyr, a tech­ni­cian and mem­bers of the Glace Bay General Hospital Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion, Fred Court­ney, far right), foun­da­tion chair, and in back from left, board mem­bers Erin Power, Glen Roach, Cathy Power and James Kerr. The equip­ment was pur­chased through a do­na­tion by the foun­da­tion.

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