Delta community helping to support the most critical needs at Delta Hospital

September 12, 2019

Delta, BC – This past spring, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation launched a campaign to raise funds to purchase a new ultrasound machine for Delta Hospital’s busy Surgical Services department.  Through the incredible generosity of the Foundation’s donors, funds were raised in record time. In total over $150,000 was raised. Not only could the Foundation purchase this urgently needed new machine, but they were also able to purchase additional critically needed items for Surgical Services.

 

When longtime donors, Harlow and Mary Ann Burrows, learned of the campaign they immediately offered their support with a generous donation of $80,000.  As one of the first patients of Delta Hospital’s Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Matt Lewington, Harlow was grateful that he and Mary Ann could help support the purchase of the new ultrasound.  Foundation donors, Bob Binkley and Shirley Cook also generously pledged their support with a large gift towards the campaign as they felt this was a very worthwhile cause to put their philanthropic dollars towards.

 

“As always we are truly humbled by the generosity of our donors. A heartfelt thanks to Harlow and Mary Ann, Bob and Shirley, and to all donors who responded to the spring campaign by mailing in a cheque, donating online, or dropping by in person,” says Lisa Hoglund, Executive Director, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation.  “We are absolutely thrilled that Surgical Services will not only be receiving a brand new ultrasound machine, but also a number of other critically needed pieces of equipment to support the thousands of surgeries that take place at Delta Hospital each year.”

 

Delta Hospital anaesthesiologists use ultrasound technology in surgeries as an invaluable tool for diagnosis and treatment.  Advances in technology are making ultrasounds even more helpful, providing a sharper, clearer picture for rapid assessment of critically ill patients, emergency access to veins and the ability to manage pain control using less opioid medication.

 

Surgical Services at Delta Hospital has seen a steady increase over the past several years, as the needs of the community grow. The hospital performs a wide range of general surgeries, eye, plastic and orthopedic surgeries, as well as a number of colonoscopies and gastroscopies every year. Last year, almost 9,000 procedures were performed in Surgical Daycare and Endoscopy combined.  Ensuring departments like Surgical Services, have access to the latest most advanced technology is vital in providing the best possible care for our growing and aging community.