AUXILIARY NOTES: An early Christmas at PAH

Auxiliary purchases new $52,000 ventilator for hospital.

In July, the Respiratory Services department received a TI ventilator.

This piece of equipment was purchased by the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary. It was like Christmas in July for this department.

This ventilator replaces one of the older ones that was wearing out. It was also getting harder to get parts and make repairs. Not only is this ventilator small and lightweight, it is portable and able to support the most critically ill patients.

This is the Cadillac of ventilators. It is a life-support system. This equipment is a high-performance machine, able to adapt to the ventilation needs as a patient’s respiratory illness changes.

There are two types of patients who need this type of intervention.

The patients who are having tests done here at Peace Arch Hospital may undergo such things such as x-rays or CT scans. The bright, colourful touch screen allows therapists to see changes in lung function immediately.

We also transport patients who are in need of a higher level of care that is not available here. This powerful machine allows for safe transportation.

The Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary would have not been able to purchase this valuable piece of equipment without the generous support of the community. This ventilator cost $52,000. Our Gift shop and the Superfluity shop are open all year long.

The auxiliary people have been busy this summer, and there are already events on the calendar.

Le Papillions have their annual Fall Bridge Luncheon on Friday Oct. 23 at St. Mark’s Anglican Church on 20 Avenue. Tickets are $20 per person. Please call Jean Meadley at 604-535-3507.

We have two other major events on the calendar.

One is a wine tasting at Everything Wine at Morgan Crossing, put on by the Aquarius group on Oct. 27. The focus will be a Taste of Italy, with a tasting of imported wines paired with appetizers prepared by Jan’s on The Beach.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Joyce at 604-531-0430.

In December, the Kay Hogg Goodwill Group will present its Joy of Music Christmas Concert. This year it will feature the Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir and it will be held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2350 148 St.

Tickets will be available in October.

Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary is always looking for volunteers.

There are applications at the Superfluity Shop, 15163 Prospect Ave, the gift shop located in the lobby of the hospital and at the information desk. We can also be reached at www.pahas.ca

Felicity Matthews writes monthly on behalf of the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary.

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