MHC auxiliaries donate funds to replace aging patient televisions for hospital sites

The Little Current and Mindemoya Hospital Auxiliaries present a cheque to staff at the Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) to purchase new patient televisions for both hospital sites. In photo, back row, from left, is Pat Morka (MHC chief nursing officer and vice president of clinical services), Dawn Orr (MHC Auxiliary member), Graham Lewis (MHC environmental services manager), front row, Lynn Foster (MHC chief financial officer and vice president of corporate services), Elaine Moore (Little Current auxiliary president), Derek Graham (MHC president and CEO), Judy Mackenzie (Mindemoya Auxiliary president) and laying in bed in patient Leonard Bond. photo by Lori Mastelko

MANITOULIN—The Little Current and Mindemoya hospital auxiliaries have donated $46,333.75 to the Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) to replace the patient televisions at both sites.

“MHC approached both auxiliaries in the spring asking us if we would be willing to purchase new televisions for both hospitals,” said MHC (Little Current) Hospital Auxiliary President Elaine Moore. “We purchased patient televisions 10-15 years ago and replaced them again about seven or eight years ago. The new ones that were purchased have a four-year plus two-year warranty and are specially designed for hospital use.”

The funds have provided 18 new patient televisions at the Little Current Hospital and 15 at the Mindemoya Hospital. Both auxiliaries also pay for the cable and supply headphones to patients free of charge.

The MHC (Little Current) Hospital Auxiliary donated the funds, but fundraising for the campaign is ongoing with $4,000 still needed to be raised before the end of the year. One of the auxiliary’s most popular events, the Annual Fall Harvest Sale, will be taking place this Saturday, October 8 from 9 am to 1 pm in front of the Little Current post office. The auxiliary will also be selling Christmas decorations at the Little Current Ladies’ Night and at the hospital.

“We took the funds for the new televisions out of our general fund when we were approached about the donation,” said Mindemoya Auxiliary President Judy Mackenzie.

Ms. Mackenzie said that patients in Sudbury and other hospitals have to pay to rent televisions while in hospital which can mean added costs and stress for families, which is why the auxiliaries donate the funds for not only the televisions but the cable and earphones.

“Our big fundraising push right now is for the telemetry unit (monitoring patient’s blood pressure and rate and heart rhythm,” said Ms. Mackenzie. “Our next fundraising event is our fall tea (lunch and bazaar) on Saturday, November 12 at the Mindemoya Community Hall starting at 11 am.”