St. John Hospital Receives Equipment for Physiotherapy Room

JUN 2, 2016

St. John Hospital Receives Equipment for Physiotherapy Room
With the generous support of our donors, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation has supported several new pieces of equipment to enhance the physiotherapy room at Stuart Nechako Manor and St. John Hospital in Vanderhoof. The equipment includes a SteadyMate Walker, a tilt table, and a portable unit stocked with dumbbell weights, ankle and wrist weights, and resistance bands.  In total approximately $15,000 in capital and minor equipment purchases were made to enhance rehabilitation services.

The new equipment expands the capabilities of the physiotherapy room, providing the team with the right equipment to serve residents in the care of Stuart Nechako Manor, patients of St. John Hospital and outpatients from and in the community and surrounding area.

“This is a wonderful gift to the residents and the community at large,” said April Hughes, Health Services Administrator Lakes/Omenica, “It is also a great help, when recruiting physiotherapists, to have a dedicated studio and having the tools in place for them to do their job. We are very appreciative of the partnership with Spirit of the North.”

Spirit of the North is grateful for the opportunity to fund these enhancements, which allow quality rehabilitative care to be available close to home for residents of the Vanderhoof area.  “This request represented an opportunity to further enhance our role within the region,” said Judy Neiser, CEO of Spirit of the North.  “Our three pillars are equipment, education, and enhancements to healthcare, and in many ways this offered all three.  We are grateful to our donors who have supported this request to bring the best of care closer to home in our Northern communities”.

For more information, or to learn how you can get involved, please contact the Spirit of the North office by phone 250.565.2515, or visit