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Auxiliary donates $750K for critical equipment at Delta Hospital

Funds to address needs at Mountain View Manor, Irene Thomas Hospice, and hospital's cardiology, surgical services and emergency departments
Representatives from the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society present a cheque for $750,000 to Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation staff to fund the purchase of critical equipment across multiple departments at the Delta Hospital Campus of Care.

The Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society recently donated $750,000 towards the purchase of critical equipment across multiple departments at the Delta Hospital Campus of Care.

“We are honoured to collaborate with the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society,” Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation executive director Lisa Hoglund said in a press release.

“This remarkable gift will directly impact patient outcomes by providing critical equipment for Mountain View Manor, Irene Thomas Hospice, cardiology, surgical services and the emergency department. We value our important partnership with the auxiliary as we collectively strive to strengthen healthcare in our community.”

The auxiliary has been providing Delta Hospital with volunteer services, patient care and comfort, and funds raised through their entrepreneurial efforts since 1969.

As one of B.C.’s most successful hospital auxiliaries, the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society has over 300 dedicated volunteers who donate nearly 60,000 hours each year, and through their successful businesses — Dogwood Gift Shop, Courtyard Café, Delta Auxiliary Thrift Store, and Lifeline — the organization has cumulatively raised over $17 million towards health care initiatives at the Delta Hospital Campus of Care.

Society president Jim Short expressed gratitude for all of the auxiliary's devoted volunteers throughout the years.

“The present auxiliary received the torch from those who went before us. The mission, to support patient care and comfort at Delta Hospital Campus of Care, was born with our founding members," Short said in a press release.

"It’s a privilege and joy to collectively make this large donation towards critical equipment needs that will enhance patient care. The hearts of our volunteers are directed towards this campus, and we hold the torch to pass onto future generations whom we need to continue our pursuit.”

Cathy Wiebe, executive director of Delta and White Rock/South Surrey Health Services and both Delta and Peace Arch hospitals, recognized the impact of the auxiliary's contributions.

“Support from Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society helps to ensure that patients at Delta Hospital receive the very best care. We appreciate the alignment between the auxiliary and foundation, which significantly enhances health care in our community.”

In January, the auxiliary made a record $3-million donation in support of the foundation's $18.25-million “Coming Home” capitol campaign to replace the 46-year-old Mountain View Manor with a new facility, expanding capacity at the site from 92 to 200 beds. Construction is expected to begin in 2025 and be completed in 2027.

The donation is the largest the auxiliary has ever made, contributing to the largest fundraising effort in Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation's 35-year history.

James Smith

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