Central GM participated in a big way this spring to raise money for the South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) to make another donation to health care in the community.
SCHF public relations fundraising co-ordinator Brenda Devine says the Just for the Health of It fundraising campaign raised about $5,300 for the SCHF through the generosity of Central GM owner Tom Bachynski, with the community’s support. Continue reading Just for the Health of It helps hospital
The South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) spring 2016 fundraisers helped the 100 Mile District General Hospital gain an important intubator.
Fundraising co-ordinator Brenda Devine says the GlideScope was purchased with about $26,000 raised by the SCHF in its spring fundraisers, including its “Just for the Health of It” campaign.
The idea was put forward to Central GM owner Tom Bachinsky, who was “very good about” going along with their plan, she explains.
“I asked him if he wouldn’t mind giving us some of the money out of his sales of his cars and his trucks for the month [of April 2016], and he was quite good about doing that.”
Devine says that raised about $6,000 including “top-up” dollars from Bachynski himself, and the rest came from other 2016 fundraising and donations.
Hospital chief of staff Dr. Gordon Hutchinson says when SCHF heard he was going down to take a medical airway management course at the annual St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine Update Conference in Whistler, the SCHF asked him if he would choose the appropriate video laryngoscope for the hospital.
Large crowd captivated by history, entertaining speakers
Carole Rooney (photos by Carole Rooney)
Many memories and laughs were sparked at the 100 Mile District General Hospital (OMH) 50th Anniversary Celebration Tea on July 22, which attracted a good turnout from the community.
Master of ceremonies, Interior Health (IH) acute care health service director Barb Tymchuk, welcomed the crowd packed into the South Cariboo Health Centre cafeteria, and noted some major changes made to the hospital since 1966.
“Over the past 50 years, the hospital has had major changes to both the building and the services offered.
“OMH is truly a flagship model with all of the services [provided] under one roof, and what’s even more impressive is the community spirit and the commitment to this hospital, and so I applaud everyone.”
Tymchuk, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett and many of the other guest speakers commended the fundraising and volunteers that helped found, develop and equip the health centre during the past half century.
“I had the privilege of being a patient in the hospital [back] when there were 36 beds and one doctor,” said Barnett.
“You know, it was like going on a holiday [she joked], if you could get a touch of pneumonia, you could get in here for three weeks, full service … it was wonderful.”
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Barb Tymchuk, Acute Health Service Director for the Cariboo, says the urology program put into place at 100 Mile District General Hospital last fall is a real benefit to Cariboo residents and the feedback is very positive.
“People are happy with the program close to home. We currently have 21 patients being treated.
“The physicians are happy with the program, too, and are glad to come here. They like the state-of-the-art equipment available to them here, the closeness of the staff and the community as a whole.” Continue reading Partnership working well for patients and doctors
Chris Nickless leads South Cariboo Health Foundation.
Looking for out-of-town director to help serve ‘entire community’
For the past 14 years, The South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) has served 100 Mile House and area by purchasing or helping to purchase health-care equipment and fund related projects.
The 2016 executive includes chair Chris Nickless, vice-chair Mary Shennum and secretary/treasurer Lynda Lewis.
Nickless has been with SCHF for more than 10 years, and he is looking forward to his position of chair for such a worthwhile organization.
“Mary [Shennum] did a fantastic job as chair, her background and experience in the health industry really was a benefit to the foundation, Nickless says, adding he appreciates the continuity of having her as chair for the past five years.
“I’m sorry she is stepping down, but very happy and relieved that she will continue on as vice-chair.”
Nickless says the foundation would welcome more directors. He adds the SCHF would enjoy having more people from surrounding areas.
“The more representation from different areas the better to serve the entire community.”
Understanding a lot of people lead busy lives, Nickless says the foundation also has Friends of the Foundation.
“If people want to be involved, but don’t want to be committed to meetings they are welcome to join Friends of the Foundation. Some people don’t necessarily want to sit on a board, but they do want to help out at different events, and we appreciate the help.”
The SCHF holds a lot of fundraisers during the year, including the upcoming Studio 2 Studio in the early fall and Starry Nights in the winter.
Folks who want more information are encouraged to talk with any foundation director, check out the website at www.southcariboohealth.com, or call Nickless at 250-791-6616.
(Heather Nelson photo )
South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) chair Chris Nickless, far right, accept a $2,500 cheque from Big Country Shrine Club president Glen Clancy. The Shrine Club raised the money at its recent annual dinner and auction. SCHF directors and Shrine club members looked on at the cheque presentation.