$63,000 raised for Hospital Foundation's COVID-19 fund

The Fort St John Hospital Foundation says that $63,000 has been donated or pledged to date in support of its greatest need fund for COVID-19.

The Foundation has received three significant donations to date — $25,000 from an anonymous donor, $20,000 from Shell Canada, and $10,000 from Enbridge. It has also received $5,000 from the Northern BC Truckers Association, $1,000 from Telus, and a second $2,000 anonymous donation.

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"Having access to emergency and flexible funds is more important than ever to help us better respond to the critical healthcare needs and capacity at any given time," said Executive Director Niki Hedges. 

The Hospital Foundation has already been able to put into place some important equipment purchases for the hospital and Peace Villa, Hedges said.

COVID-19 related needs include six additional IV pumps that cost $6,000 each, and the replacement of cardiac defibrillators and monitors that cost $40,000, as two are nearing end of life. 

“We want to be able to support some of these needs where possible,” said Hedges. “We have also been focused on grant applications to also help ease the financial burden for the community with an appeal such as this."

Further donations are expected from pledges from other corporate partners, Hedges said. ARC Resources has purchased and donated scrubs.

"Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to make a real difference for healthcare needs," Hedges said. "The generosity and spirit of our partners is truly inspiring!”

For more information, or to make a contribution, please call 250-793-0998 or email fsjhf@northernheath.ca.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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