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NRGH auxiliary donates $255,000

Mary Chinn, left, Nanaimo Auxiliary to NRGH president, presents $255,000 to Christine McAuley, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation chairwoman and Maeve O’Byrne, foundation president, at the auxiliary’s March 26 AGM. - Photo contributed
Mary Chinn, left, Nanaimo Auxiliary to NRGH president, presents $255,000 to Christine McAuley, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation chairwoman and Maeve O’Byrne, foundation president, at the auxiliary’s March 26 AGM.
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The intensive care and palliative care units at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital are the beneficiaries of the hard work of volunteers with the Nanaimo Auxiliary to NRGH.

The group recently donated $255,000 to the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, money that will help purchase a telemetry unit for the ICU and also support the palliative unit.

A telemetry unit allows patients to wear a monitor that sends vital sign information via electronic signal, enabling greater mobility and comfort.

The auxiliary has more than 225 volunteers working in a variety of roles within NRGH, at the gift store and the thrift store.

Activities are not only fundraising in nature, but also support essential services within the hospital to better serve patients and their families.

In addition to the donation presented to the hospital foundation, the auxiliary also contributes to several departments within NRGH, including Dufferin Place. It also mentors young volunteers and gives four bursaries to junior volunteers seeking post-secondary medical education.

“NRGH is able to offer progressive treatment and unparalleled services thanks in large part to the devoted contributions of the Nanaimo Auxiliary to NRGH,” said Maeve O’Byrne, president of the hospital foundation. “They share their kindness with every department, every staff member, and all patients.”

For more information, please go to www.nrghauxiliary.ca.

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