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PRH Auxiliary raises $80,000

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

The Pembroke Regional Hospital Auxiliary began to make good on its $500,000 pledge to the hospital, raising $80,000 at its fall fashion show.

 

The Ladies Night at the Cabin fashion show was held Sept. 29 in the basement of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, with volunteers modeling the latest fashions, as those in attendance enjoyed the displays and the refreshments, courtesy of Riverview Heights.

Around 8 p.m., Diana Gagne, auxiliary president, along with members Helene Giroux and Brenda Long, presented a giant cheque symbolic of their donation to Kim Drake, who was representing the Pembroke Regional Hospital Board, and serves as a director on it.

She thanked everyone for their hard work, and the auxiliary's generosity, plus all though who continue to support the hospital.

The auxiliary made a $500,000 five-year commitment to the hospital in support of the equipment costs for the new Orthopaedics program and for planned upgrades that are about to be made to the in-patient surgical floor.

It is hoped that pledge can be met earlier than that, but it gives the auxiliary a target.

The project itself is valued at approximately $10 million, with 90 percent of approved construction costs paid for by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the remaining $1 million in construction costs needing to be covered by the hospital through fundraising efforts.

In addition to this, new furnishings and equipment, for which there is no provincial funding, must also be covered by the Hospital in the amount of $1.5 million. To achieve this, the community will be asked to assist with fundraising and the PRH Auxiliary’s pledge represents a solid start to this effort.

Through the planned upgrades, our community’s hospital will have a new Surgical Day Care area with 12 recovery stations, four new private inpatient suites along with upgrades to existing rooms and a new family lounge, as well as other space improvements.

The PRH Auxiliary is a volunteer-based organization that raises funds for the Pembroke Regional Hospital through a variety of endeavours while also providing a number of amenities for the Hospital’s patients, visitors and staff.

Their initiatives and fundraisers include operation of The Sunshine Gift Shop, The Mural Café, the hospital’s ATM machine and TV rental program. They also sell HELPP Lottery Tickets, raise funds through bingo, and host bi-annual fashion shows.

SUhler@postmedia.com