On April 26, the Deep River and District Hospital Auxiliary provided a $60,000 donation towards the purchase of a new nurse call system as well as their annual $10,000 donation to the Pre-School Speech Therapy program. Pictured here, from left to right, is DRDH CEO Richard Bedard, Auxiliary volunteers Margaret Cook, Lucy Howe and Mair Hosbons, DRDH Board Chair Janet Gow and DRDH Chief Nursing Officer Janna Hotson.
The Deep River and District Hospital Auxiliary continued to provide the Hospital with tremendous financial support at their Annual General Meeting and luncheon this year. The Auxiliary made two donations to help support the Hospital - one for $60,000 which will be put towards the purchase of a new nurse call system, and one for $10,000 which allows the Hospital to continue to offer the Pre-School Speech Therapy program to the children and families in our region. The Auxiliary also provided a commitment to provide the Hospital with an additional $60,000 next year to fund the remaining cost of the nurse call system.
The donations were presented by Margaret Cook, Lucy Howe and Mair Hosbons, who are all long-standing volunteers of the Auxiliary. Margaret, Lucy, Mair and Geraldine Jones (missing from photo) were all award recipients at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony in Petawawa on April 14, 2018. Margaret Cook and Geraldine Jones received awards for 25 years of service, while Lucy Howe and Mair Hosbons received awards for 30 years of service.
In addition the luncheon, silent auction, and regular meeting business, the Auxiliary members in attendance received a presentation from Richard Bedard regarding the transformation of our healthcare environment and also received training from Janna Hotson. Training included an overview of applicable legislation and a number of policies and procedures, such as the Internal Responsibility System (IRS), Global Harmonized System (formerly WHIMIS), workplace violence prevention, harassment and aggressive behaviour, code of conduct/standards of behaviour, whistle blower protection, conflict of interest, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), emergency codes and volunteer response.
The Hospital would like to extend a sincere thank you to every member of the Auxiliary for their efforts in supporting our Hospital. Members of the Auxiliary volunteer at the Whistle Stop (located in the Community Centre downtown), the Hospital Gift Shop, evening nutrition, the Ontario Breast Screening Program, the palliative care program, and in the Four Seasons Lodge. Since 1974, the Auxiliary has contributed an astounding $1,379,274 and 359,031 volunteer hours.