VGH gets infants ventilator

$20,000 donation from Rexall enables purchase of NICU equipment

Victoria General Hospital has been able to purchase a new ventilator for their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) thanks to a generous gift.

The recent $20,000 donation to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation from the Rexall Foundation will see this new piece of sophisticated equipment – which helps infants breathe who are unable to do so on their own due to underdeveloped lungs – put to use soon.

“We are very grateful for this generous gift from the Rexall Foundation,” said Gord Macatee, board chair of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. “Our medical teams are dedicated to ensuring our community’s most vulnerable pediatric patients have the best possible chance at not only surviving, but thriving.

Every year more than 500 babies are born prematurely at Victoria General Hospital and require the high-level care provided in the NICU. Equipped with specialized life-saving equipment, the NICU helps the tiniest patients get better and go home to their families.

“Giving back to the communities we serve is a priority for the Rexall Foundation, and we know this advanced ventilator can help hundreds of babies survive and grow to be strong and healthy children,” said regional director of Rexall, Atul Sachdeva. “We’re proud that our partnership between our corporate and store staff, vendors and customers can make a difference.”

mdavies@goldstreamgazette.com

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