BURIN, NL – The Burin Peninsula Health Care Foundation (BPHCF) had reason to celebrate last week as it officially dedicated $250,000 worth of equipment to peninsula hospitals.
The dedication also concluded the foundation’s fundraising commitment to Eastern Health for the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre, as well as other hospitals in the region, BPHCF board chair Jerry Pike said during the dedication event held Jan. 10.
The funds will purchase equipment for the emergency room units in Burin, Grand Bank and St. Lawrence, as well as equipment for the intensive care unit, medicine unit, outpatients’ unit, operating room and the pediatric department at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre.
Pike also acknowledged members of the Region “G” Lions, lead partner in the project, for their fundraising and volunteer efforts during special events like the annual hospital charity golf tournament, as well as the Lion Club International Foundation, which contributed $75,000 to the project.
“We thank Region ‘G’ Lions for your long-standing and unwavering support of local health care,” he said.
Pike also recognized various business, organizations and the public throughout the peninsula who helped secure an additional $175,000 in donations by participating in or volunteering at events.
In a press release issue by the Burin Peninsula Health Care Foundation, Kim Green, Eastern Health Senior site manager for the Burin Peninsula, also expressed her thanks to all who helped.
“It's great to be able to achieve goals to enhance local health care with the supportive efforts of many,” she stated.
“This $250,000-campaign contribution will support purchases for not only the OR unit but for various departments throughout the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre and ER units throughout the peninsula.”
Lion Clyde Anstey, who was Region “G” Lions zone chair when the 2014 funding commitment was made, was happy the fundraising goal was achieved.
“Securing the $75,000 from (Lions International) was huge, and now with the completion of this project, we can honor all terms and grant guidelines to submit our final project report,” he said.
“The project may have taken longer than expected, but the end result proves it was a success, as many departments will now have new equipment items because of our efforts. Lions are very proud of that and thank all involved.”