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Community continues support for Interlake Eastern Health Foundation

Believe it or not, it’s now been half a year since the global coronavirus pandemic was declared. People and communities throughout Interlake-Eastern RHA have been learning to adapt, but many still struggle too.

“We feel so fortunate that people and businesses still have still found a way to give during this time,” says Pamela McCallum, executive director of the Interlake Eastern Health Foundation. “We’ve been extremely lucky to have received support in the form of food, supplies, and both handmade and commercial personal protective equipment for our staff, patients and residents during the pandemic. There have also been several significant financial gifts that are already improving care throughout the region.”

In June, the members of Stony Mountain Stonewall Lodge #12, a freemasonry lodge, donated $1,830 to purchase an isolation cart for the Stonewall Hospital. The new isolation cart stores necessary protective personal equipment for staff when caring for COVID-19 patients that require isolation.

In July, the Stonewall Hospital also received a generous $15,000 from Deb McCrea (Cripps-Safiniuk), a community member who lost her husband Tom in 2019 to Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a condition where lungs lose their ability to utilize oxygen necessary for the body’s organs to survive. The donation covered most of the cost of a video laryngoscope, which is an extremely valuable resource for care providers. It helps patients breathe better, and leads to faster and safer intubations for those who are acutely ill. It also helps protect care providers in the room which is key during the pandemic.

In August, Johnson Memorial Hospital in Gimli also received a generous donation of a video laryngoscope from a Westshore Community Foundation grant, a Gimli District Health Auxiliary grant and a donation from Interlake Eastern Health Foundation.

On Jul 30, our region officially launched a new community outreach van service that provides mobile outreach in the community every Thursday at several locations in and around Selkirk. Public health nurses working out of the van will be able to provide parenting support and well child assessments, pregnancy testing and emergency contraception supplies, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, harm reduction and supplies, the initiation of referrals to other community agencies, and health and social services when needed.

Many local businesses have shown support for the new service, including No Frills who made the inaugural donation to establish a new harm reduction fund with the Interlake Eastern Health Foundation.

“Thank you to all of our donors and community partners for finding a way to help others throughout the pandemic,” says McCallum. “We can’t thank you enough for your ongoing support that benefits the health of people and communities across our region.”

If you would like to learn more about the Interlake Eastern Health Foundation or would like to make a donation, visit www.iehf.ca.

No Frills Donation

Aaron Hoium and his daughter Danica present the inaugural donation, on behalf of Aaron’s No Frills in Selkirk,
to a new harm reduction fund with the Interlake Eastern Health Foundation.

 

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