The Revelstoke District Health Foundation receives requests for funds from Queen Victoria Hospital or Mount Cartier Court (extended care facility) for equipment or furnishings. These purchases enhance or maintain the services that are offered through the hospital or improve the quality of life of residents at Mount Cartier Court.
Rendever is a virtual reality headset designed specifically for seniors, and has been proven to reduce the feelings of social isolation and anxiety among seniors in long term care facilities. The transition into long term care is a challenging and complex one for most seniors, being placed into a new location with unfamiliar faces, and […]
In Oct 2022 the Revelstoke District Health Foundation received a $30,000 grant from the TB Vets Charitable Foundation towards the purchase of a STORZ C-MAC laryngoscope (total price $33,302) for the emergency room department of Revelstoke’s Queen Victoria Hospital. This equipment will allow emergency room doctors to provide best possible airway management to the 48-72 […]
For many years care providers at long term care facilities realized the importance for residents to have connections to the community outside of the facility. The move of a person into a long-term care facility often means loss or significant reduction in the amount of socialization. The covid pandemic had a detrimental effect on the […]
In the summer of 2021, the Revelstoke District Health Foundation received a request from local doctors for funding support to purchase a portable ultrasound machine and other equipment to develop an interventional pain management clinic at Queen Victoria Hospital. Patients were having to travel to Kelowna, Salmon Arm, and Vernon for their treatments. Local physician, […]
In spring 2020 there was the first business lockdown to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. A local business, Kawakubo Japanese Restaurant, had a one night fundraiser on their last night of operation before the temporary closure. Kawakubo’s owner, Shinji Kawakubo, announced that all sales would be donated to the Health Foundation to purchase […]
Mount Cartier received a wonderful addition to the courtyard at Cottage A over the summer. A Shade Sail was constructed. The total project cost was $22,243 including 3 years of takedown/set up service donated by Shade Sails Canada ($1,200 value). Donations to the project came from The Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary with $9,000, the Revelstoke Credit […]
In 2019 the first ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) knee surgeries were performed by orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Outerbridge, at Queen Victoria Hospital. The Health Foundation contributed towards the larger purchase of surgical equipment required for the ACL knee surgery.
2019 was another successful year for Radiothon as $25,778 was raised towards the purchase of a Philips FM 40/50 compact fetal monitor. The machine provides wireless heart monitoring of the expectant mother and fetal heart with up to triplet capacity.
In 2018 an anonymous donor made a $200,000 donation towards the purchase, maintenance and operational expenses of a bus for Mount Cartier Court. The bus would be used for transporting residents to community events, out of facility dining, sightseeing and other social gatherings. The bus has made a huge positive impact on the quality of life for the residents.
In 2018, the Health Foundation also purchased a Bipap (bilevel positive airway pressure) machine for use at Mount Cartier Court at cost of $3489. The Bipap is used to treat patients suffering from sleep apnea.
Photo: Josh McLafferty (L) and Cyril Marcil (R) – Revelstoke Masonic Holding Society | Cheryl Fry (C) – Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary
The 2018 Radiothon was the most successful ever with $30,934 raised. This total was bolstered with a $16,000 donation from the Revelstoke Masonic Holding Society and $5,000 from the Hospital Auxiliary. The selected purchase for the hospital this year was a fully equipped dental cart to allow dentists and oral maxillofacial surgeons to perform surgery on patients requiring general anaesthesia. The new equipment will allow patients to be treated locally and not have to travel out of town. Total price for the dental cart and surgical instruments was over $45,000.
In spring 2017 the Buckstein family initiated a fundraising campaign. Samuel Buckstein, a young man from Ontario, had travelled to Revelstoke with his family on a winter holiday and became unwell. He was attended to by medical staff at Queen Victoria Hospital. He was subsequently diagnosed with testicular cancer. Upon returning to his home in Ontario, Samuel had surgery and then started a course of chemotherapy. As gesture of appreciation the Buckstein family initiated a fundraising campaign to benefit some of the hospitals and treatment centres who helped Samuel along his road to recovery. Queen Victoria Hospital was chosen as one of the recipients. Over $12,000 was donated to the hospital. These monies were used to purchase an extra set of laparoscopic equipment for use at the hospital ‘s operating room. The Foundation is very appreciative of the Buckstein family, their family and friends for the generous donations. Most importantly we wish Samuel success in his treatment and future health.