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St. Joe's featured on Variety Show of Hearts Telethon
St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation was featured on the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon over the weekend.
The 46th-annual telethon raised $6,753,012 this year, and had a 'How you Helped' segment of the show. St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation was featured as it was recently granted funds from Variety – The Children’s Charity to purchase new equipment.
The foundation received nearly $45,000 for a pediatric colonscope, a handheld oximeter and a syringe pump. This equipment will be used in the Emergency Room and Maternal Child Unit and will help the hospital continue to provide excellent care for young patients.
"This new equipment will allow us to make critical decisions based on accurate measurements and readings," Annette Moulaison-Davis, hospital Critical Care and Maternal/Child manager, said in a news release.
In 2010, Variety also provided a grant of nearly $70,000 to The Maternal Child Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital for specialized equipment needed to enhance the level of care for infants and children that need critical care support.
St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation executive director Lynn Dashkewytch said the grants are very important to help the hospital acquire certain equipment.
"Vancouver Island Health Authority funds a certain amount of equipment, but the extra things that we need and some of the newer technology and the specialized pieces we need to fundraise for locally," explained Dashkewytch. "The Variety Club provides grants that allow us to have the opportunity to get some of this specialized equipment we wouldn’t normally get."
Variety – The Children’s Charity raises and funds and distributes grants throughout British Columbia to inspire hope, enrich lives and build a better future for children who have special needs.