Hospital auxiliary donates 150k
IT'S no secret medical equipment is expensive and health budgets are stretched to the limit in a post-global financial crisis world.
So when community groups like Lismore Base Hospital's United Hospital Auxiliary can raise over $150,000 in a year for much-needed supplies, they deserve special recognition.
The auxiliary's Lismore Branch has just held its 95th annual general meeting where the year's donations were listed.
The group raised an incredible $156,697 of which every cent went towards the purchase of equipment.
Purchases included emergency packs, a ventilator, a blood IV fluid warmer for the operating theatre, a foetal monitor for the birthing suite, bed screens, a stamina lifter and 40 MacMed deluxe blue high back chairs.
Some of the items cost in excess of $25,000 each.
Hazel Bridgett, Chair of the Northern NSW Local Health District attended the meeting and said the auxiliary's dedication and commitment to the Lismore Base Hospital over the past centaury could not be measured in dollars alone.
"The time and dedication they donate in volunteer hours is extraordinary," she said.
"On behalf of the NNSW LHD Board I extend my congratulations and thank you all on this remarkable achievement for such a small group of volunteers."
Beryl Jordan, Lismore Base Hospital Director of Nursing, said all the equipment purchased went towards the comfort and care of patients.
"We are immensely grateful to the hospital auxiliary for their ongoing support over these many years," she said.