100 Mile House District Hospital receives four specialized mattresses


Tracy Haddow (on mattress), the executive director of the 100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society, models one of four new specialized mattresses. Brenda Devine (public relations/fundraising coordinator for South Cariboo Health Foundation), Al Richmond (vice-chair of the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District) and Chris Nickless (chair of the South Cariboo Health Foundation) stand behind. Brendan Kyle Jure photo.

Mattresses will be used for the critically ill

Four new mattresses have found their way to 100 Mile House.

  • BRENDAN KYLE JURE
  • Jul. 25, 2019 2:00 p.m.

100 Mile and District Hospital has received four new specialized mattress, two of two different types, due to fundraising efforts of the South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD).

“I’m just really pleased we were able to support the foundation and their continued work for the hospital,” said Al Richmond, vice-chair of the CCRHD. “I know people think they’re worth a lot of money but it’s high tech and it keeps people comfortable.”

The four mattresses were under $40,000 in total.

Chris Nickless, chair of the SCHF, said the most asked question they have gotten about the mattresses is regarding the cost and why the SCHF didn’t purchase them from somewhere like Sealy Canada.

“They don’t realize how high tech they are and how important they are,” he said.

Brenda Devine, SCHF’s public relations person, chipped in, saying the mattresses were usually for critically ill people.

Two of the mattresses are gel-based, while the other two are motorized air-filled with special functions, allowing for heat control, pulsing and the ability to turn its occupant.

“The other thing too, I think, is just a reminder for everyone to realize everything we raise in this community stays here,” said Devine.

Nickless jumped in, saying the SCHD was formed for exactly that same reason.

“Prior to the foundation being former, any money people donated to the 100 Mile Hospital or to Interior Health (IH), it could go to Trail, it could go to Kelowna, it could go to Kamloops, it could go anywhere IH services and we recognized people want the money to stay here, so bu donating to the foundation, it keeps money here.”


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100 Mile Hospice to receive four new specialized mattresses


The Hospice at the 100 Mile and District Hospital is receiving four new specialized mattresses, thanks to joint funding from the South Cariboo Health Foundation and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District. One of the four new mattresses will be on display at the Seniors Resource Fair at the South Cariboo Rec Centre in 100 Mile House on June 20. South Cariboo Health Foundation photo.

“Our mattress inventory has aged and the many years of use have taken their toll”

In with the new, out with the old.

The Hospice at the 100 Mile and District Hospital is receiving four new specialized mattresses, thanks to joint funding from the South Cariboo Health Foundation and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District.

“Our mattress inventory has aged and the many years of use have taken their toll,” said Tracy Haddow, executive director of the 100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society. “Two of our gel mattresses are no longer usable and two of their air style are failing.”

These new mattresses will help reduce the risk and management of potential bed sores.

“Some mattresses are gel-based and some are motorized air-filled with special functions such as heat control, pulsing and the ability to turn the person,” said Haddow. “These mattresses greatly improve comfort.”

Chris Nickless, chair of the South Cariboo Health Foundation, said the foundation is grateful of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Hospital District for their financial assistance with the project, as well as the donors who continue to assist in supporting the needs of the Hospice, Fischer Place and Mill Site Lodge.

According to Haddow, the cost of the mattresses was approximately $37,000.

The 100 Mile Hospice supports members of the community who are living with life-threatening illnesses and the families that care for them. The Hospice is able to help people advance in their illness through the lendings of specialized equipment.

One of the new mattresses will be on display at the Seniors Resource Fair at the South Cariboo Rec Centre in 100 Mile House on June 20.

Millar Hill, June 5, 2019

Jun. 5, 2019 11:40 a.m.

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