Nettie Stupnikoff

Castlegar and District Hospital Foundation raising money with Light Up event

The Castlegar and District Hospital Foundation will hold its annual Light Up event on Friday, Dec. 4 a the Castlegar Health Centre.

The Castlegar and District Hospital Foundation will hold its annual Light Up event on Friday, Dec. 4.

The event will be held at the Castlegar Health Centre from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. to raise money for the centre.

“We’re going to be decorating the main lobby and we’re going to have our goal thermometer up there, and hopefully will be getting it to rise in figures,” said Stefanie Zaytsoff, organizer for the event.

Money raised will go towards renovations to the medication room in the Emergency Department.

The medication room needs to have, you know, a proper mixing space, it needs to have proper storage, and we haven’t done any renovations to that particular area for a long time,” said Cheryl Whittleton, Interior Health’s community integrated health service administrator. “So you know there’s standards that we have to meet, and you know, recognizing that we’re moving ahead to bring the storage of medications up to that standard.”

Any additional funds raised this year will go towards areas of greatest need.

“Historically the foundation has always supported us with equipment,” said Whittleton. “They’ve also supported the site at Talarico Place with specific equipment for the needs of the residence, and you know over the years they’ve bought new emergency stretchers, new cardiac monitors. So we really value all of their fundraising because they help us keep our site with the latest and greatest technology that there is.”

Directors will be on hand at the event to chat and there will be examples of purchases from previous years’ events.

Last year the foundation raised over $14,000 towards a new VAC Therapy system.

“That’s a machine that helps patients that have complex wounds,” explains Whittleton.

There will be coffee, cider and goodies for those who stop by.

Donations can be made on the spot, online at castlegarhospitalfoundation.org or by mail at 709 10 St., Castlegar, BC, V1N 2H7. The foundation will be collecting donations through January and official tax receipts will be issued by mail.

“Everybody’s donations stay right in our local health centre,” said Zaytsoff. “All donations boomerang back to you.”