New ventilator to help treat kids at Delta Hospital

Thanks to a generous donation, the hospital now has a second transport ventilator, its first that can be used on for pediatric patients.

From left: Lisa Hoglund

From left: Lisa Hoglund

Children in respiratory distress can now be treated at Delta Hospital thanks to the purchase of a new ventilator.

This past spring, the Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation donated $44,142 to the Delta Hospital Foundation for the purchase of a critically needed transport ventilator for Delta Hospital’s respiratory therapy department and emergency room.

A recent donor tour and demonstration illustrated the impact this life-saving piece of equipment has had on Delta Hospital.

“To see firsthand how the Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation is making a real difference in supporting patient care in this province is such a great part of my job,” said Jackie Lee-Son, executive director of P.A. Woodward’s Foundation. “I always look forward to going out and meeting the medical staff and the health care centres that we’ve helped, like Delta Hospital.”

The transport ventilator delivers an oxygen-and-air mix to patients who are having trouble breathing on their own. This is the hospital’s second unit, but the only one that can also be used to ventilate pediatric patients.

It has already become a vital piece of medical equipment in the busy ER and is used by respiratory therapists who are responsible for providing life support by way of establishing and maintaining airways in patients during trauma or intensive care.

As well, the ventilator can be used for inter-hospital transports, which is a frequent occurrence at Delta Hospital.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support that we receive from the Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation,” says Lisa Hoglund, executive director of the Delta Hospital Foundation. “Since 1999, they have donated an amazing $380,000 to support priority needs at Delta Hospital. Acquiring a second transport ventilator was necessary to help our hospital meet the demand of an increasing number of patients with acute medical concerns.”

With the overwhelming support of generous donors like the Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation, the Delta Hospital Foundation was able to contribute over $626,000 to the purchase of critically needed medical equipment at Delta Hospital in 2015/2016. This is in addition to the funds raised to finish up the $7.5 million capital campaign for the Peter C. and Elizabeth Toigo Diagnostic Services Building.