EDITOR'S NOTE: The following was submitted by Linda Smith McCormack.
SACKVILLE, N.B. - As has been the proud tradition since 1945, the Sackville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary (SMHA) provides for many health care needs within the Tantramar Region.
Knowing the community and beyond directly benefit from its donations helps fulfill the Auxiliary's mission.
In 2017, the helping hands of the SMHA's request and research committee, continued the practice of regularly collecting "wish lists" from the various departments of the Sackville Memorial Hospital. True to their mandate, much research and discussion followed each and every request. The committee then made proposals to the Auxiliary membership during monthly meetings to approve purchases totalling $35,096.69 in equipment needs alone.
While the collection of "wish lists" is already underway for 2018, the following is a list of equipment purchases approved in 2017:
– Refrigeration unit intended for use in the laboratory – $9,570
– Teaching tools for CPR certification for use by staff and class participants – $1,362.10
– Vital signs monitor for use in Brunswick West – $4,330.30
– Treatment Table for use by the Physiotherapy Department – $1,995
– Airvo 2 kit for use in the emergency department –$2,550
– Cutting instruments for use in day surgery – $15,289.29
Total expenditures on equipment: $35,096.69
By Jan. 1 of 2018, only two items remained on the wish lists, and that was only because the committee was awaiting quotes from various suppliers. Both items requested were deemed replacement items and neither were considered to be of an urgent nature.
As is always the case, the Auxiliary's generosity extends far beyond equipment purchases, ranging from scholarships to donations to local nursing homes to financially providing staff members with opportunities for professional development to the latest initiative of funding counselling services for students at TRHS with mental health concerns - these are to name just a few of the ways the Auxiliary intends to continue to enhance health care for the citizens of the Tantramar Region.