Spirit of the North provides Mackenzie with a Transport Ventilator System. Pictured is L-R; Dr. Colin Mackenzie, Dr. Matt Robichaud, Dr. Andy Hamilton and Dr. Daniel Penman.
Photo Courtesy of Mackenzie Healthcare Services
Although Mackenzie would be considered in most aspects short distance away, when transporting a patient, it can be a matter of life or death without the aid of a transport ventilator. These patients are often unable to breathe on their own or their breathing is severely compromised and hand-bagging is required the entire duration of the trip to the nearest healthcare facility. This is not optimum as the quality of the respirations are inconsistent, especially for up to 2 hours in the back of an ambulance. Dr. Daniel Penman accounted many times where this was in fact the situation endured for his patients in order to provide successful transport for patients from Mackenzie who required treatment at UHNBC.
“Thank you so much, this is excellent! My patients and my forearms greatly appreciate this as bag ventilating for hours on end can be quite taxing.” said Dr. Daniel Penman, MD, CCFP, Chief of Staff Mackenzie and District Hospital
At a cost of close to $35,000 we were grateful for $10,000 from Enbridge to support for this unit. Generous Donors from the Mackenzie area supported the remainder of this purchase through donations to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. On average at least 1-2 patients a month are being transferred. This equipment is suitable for both pediatric and adult patients who are in respiratory distress and need to be transferred to UHNBC.
“We are grateful when our Donors, both corporate and individual think long term and contribute generously to solutions that will have lasting impact for patients in the North.” said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
You too can make a difference for patient care in the North. See us today, or donate directly to the area of your choice at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/12869
We are so happy to announce that once again Tim Hortons has chosen Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation as their charity of choice for Smile Cookie week! Did you know that since 2002 all funds raised for Smile Cookie have been dedicated here! Tim Hortons continues to give to Paediatrics at UHNBC which last year realized a donation of $42,142.42! That’s a lot of cookies! For more information on the Smile Cookie campaign and it’s impact on healthcare here at home please visit us https://www.spiritofthenorth.ca/community-partners/smile-cookie-campaign
This year we hope you choose to partake as well. We can’t wait to see how the city supports our littlest patients this year!
COVID-19 continues to take a toll on many of our signature events. While we had hoped that the provincial regulations would expand to allow the 9th Annual Prince George Cougars Alumni Hospital Charity Golf Tournament to proceed, it hasn’t opened to the level desired to host the first class tournament that our participants and sponsors have to come to know and respect. With careful consideration it was decided among the three partners that there was no way to responsibly move forward with this year's event. It is disappointing for many reasons as funds raised have primarily been allocated to much needed Cardiac Equipment. While we still are accepting donations to this area of need, and are grateful for those who are able to contribute, the tournament, as a fundraiser isn’t able to proceed.
More than ever we all were looking forward to seeing all of our supporters and participants. Thank you for understanding our situation and as always, thank you for your unwavering support.
Stay tuned for next year!
Link to partner press release https://www.myprincegeorgenow.com/123709/9th-annual-cougars-alumni-charity-golf-tournament-cancelled-due-to-covid-19/
Link to donate- Find the Regional Cardiac Strategy in the drop down menu https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/12869
Make a Difference Monday’s for The Great Canadian Giving Challenge.
What is it? It is a National public contest to benefit any registered Canadian charity. As Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is one of these charities, every $1 donated in June via https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/12869 automatically enters us to win an additional $20,000 donation! The grand prize draw will take place on July 1st, Canada Day Please Help us win $20,000!!
Donations for frontline workers get real – through a significant donation to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation for Scrubs.
We are ever so grateful to the Newell’s for their unwavering support for Spirit of the North. Their generosity at this time has made some frontline workers pretty happy. This purchase will have a lasting impact for healthcare workers directly in the line of potential COVID patients. Thank you!!
If you too would like to donate, a fund has been set up at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/12869 or contact us directly to support COVID19-#safeathome Fund.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that takes place every Tuesday in May, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The global day of action will rally people around the world and hopefully throughout our Region of Northern BC to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities through response for better health outcomes here at home in the North. We invite you to join us in demonstrating the power of kindness and generosity. Please consider at gift to our COVID-19 #safeathome Fund
“My passion for nursing started in grade four. I can’t explain why I started doing this, but instead of going out for recess. I would go to the school’s first aid room and wait for kids to come in so I could bandage their scrapes and look at their bruises. My scope wasn’t very large at this time! Thankfully, the staff in the office allowed me to do this every day and started calling me “Nurse Danielle.”
4th Year Student Nurse
“We are proud to donate these 200 Shields to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation for use at UHNBC and help support the front line workers right here in our community. Prince George Ford has strived for a more personal connection with the community in the last few years and we look to continue that push for connection. We hope it helps bring some sense of security in these unprecedented times."
Chris Wall, General Manager
Prince George Ford