Hospital foundation reflects on past year, looks to future

As we, the Castlegar and District Hospital Foundation (CDHF), reflect back on another year we saw the many obstacles in health care in our community that were necessary to overcome. We are looking forward to another year of working together with the community. We also thank the Castlegar and District Hospital Auxiliary and those citizens, organizations and service clubs that have come forward and supported our fund-raising efforts.

As we, the Castlegar and District Hospital Foundation (CDHF), reflect back on another year we saw the many obstacles in health care in our community that  were necessary to overcome. We are looking forward to another year of working together with the community. We also thank the  Castlegar and District Hospital Auxiliary and those citizens, organizations and service clubs that have come forward and supported our fund-raising efforts.

We are constantly facing challenges in our community and keep moving forward in assisting the IHA to provide health care services for our community.  The CDH Foundation’s role is to raise funds and purchase necessary and new medical equipment for use at the Castlegar and District Community Health Centre Emergency Lab and X-ray Departments and Talarico Place.

We do this in collaboration with IHA, who provide us with a list of equipment or perhaps a future project that would enhance health-care delivery in our community.  A decision is made by the directors of the CDHF whether to proceed. We do ask for input from the doctors and nurses who may suggest or endorse what we fundraise for.

We inform the community and request for assistance for what is needed at the Castlegar Health Centre and Talarico Place which will provide and sustain health-care services.

One question that arises constantly: What if the Health Centre is closed? The CDHF has been in existence since 1987 and we continue to strive to keep services in place even though our hospital was closed. However, we strive to keep our Castlegar Health Centre and Talarico Place updated with necessary equipment to provide comfort and care to the patients and residents.

Without the support of the community we would not be able to have these services in place.

As we approach our annual general meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. in the Education Room, we ask for your support by coming forward and join the CDHF and learn what steps are needed to keep our health-care services in place.

Should you be interested in being a director for the Castlegar and District Hospital Foundation and would like further information please call Nettie Stupnikoff, president, at 250-365-6587.

Our website can be viewed at:  www.castlegarhospitalfoundation.org

/Submitted by Castlegar and District Hospital Foundation