The West Gippsland Healthcare Group is thrilled to receive an enormous $400,000 donation from the Drouin Auxiliary.Auxiliary president Mr James White said the team of over 30 volunteers who run the Drouin Opportunity Shop, were very proud to be able to donate such a large sum for the hospital to purchase much needed medical equipment.
“The hospital gives us a wish list and we do what we can. Our philosophy is that all equipment must directly improve the care and comfort of patients and residents. This is the largest lump sum donation we’ve ever made to the hospital. Our volunteers are thrilled that their efforts coupled with the support from local shoppers, can raise this level of funds so that the hospital can continue to provide the best level of care to our community” he said.
Among the new equipment to be purchased will be 54 hospital beds, a hovermatt each for HDU and Ward 3, a patient examination couch for the preadmissions department plus syringe drivers for both Aged and Palliative Care units.
The Operating Theatre will also get a boost with two patient recovery monitors, infusion pumps, a medical equipment drying cabinet, surgical theatre lights and a video scope for urology surgery.
Mr Dan Weeks, WGHG CEO said he continues to be amazed at the results that the Drouin Auxiliary achieves year after year. “We are extremely grateful to the volunteers. It takes someone special to willingly give up their time to help others. The Auxiliary do a fantastic job and we are very fortunate for the continued support.”
This year’s donation takes the grand total raised by the Drouin Auxiliary to over $1.49m since 1994.