Hearts for Hospital Gala raises $31,000 in 5 minutes!
The Hearts for Hospital Gala brought the love and generosity to the Cold Lake Energy Centre on Saturday with a plenitude of donations that will go directly to purchasing equipment for, and recruiting doctors to the Cold Lake Health Centre. In five captivating minutes, auctioneer Danny Hooper was able to entice the crowd into raising $31,000, the full cost of a pediatric scope. The full amount of money raised has yet to be calculated; but it is safe to say it was a successful event.
Dr. Keri Ladd shared with the crowd the impact Hearts for Healthcare has had on the Cold Lake Health Centre, as well as how the organization has improved the level of care that physicians are able to give patients. “We are very fortunate to live in a country with universal health care system. While we generally do not pay for health care services, as individuals, health care is not free,” Dr. Ladd explains that although Alberta Health Services pays for a large majority of the costs to run a hospital, there are still some elements that are provided by third-party organizations, such as Hearts for Healthcare. “A lot of resources are spread pretty thin and a lot of the dollars do not always cover all the medical equipment and technology that we need to provide the best level of care for this community.”
Hearts for Healthcare has provided the hospital with a number of vital equipment; including two full labour & delivery rooms, panda warmers (incubators), surgery cauterize machines, orthopedic tray sets, central cardiac monitors for the emergency room & acute care and cataract surgery sets. As well as runs a highly successful and competitive doctor recruitment program.
“Some of these items are not typically found in a community our size, but are critical because of the distance from the larger centres.” Dr. Ladd says Hearts for Healthcare has been able to help all areas of medicine, “I’m sure you or someone you know has benefited from their work.”
Money raised from the live and silent auctions, as well as ticket sales and the Images Studios photo booth at the event, will go directly to the Hearts for Hospital foundation to continue to secure equipment and doctors.
The event also served to honour two integral staff members at the Cold Lake Health Centre. Both the Award for Excellence in Nursing, Joanne Brady & the Healthcare Professional Award, Dr. Henrik Heydenrych were presented.
More information on the Hearts for Hospital Gala can be found on the Hearts for Healthcare Facebook page and/or website. Total money raised at the event will be updated in this article when it becomes available.