Ross Fisher and Diane Rusnak of the Health Foundation at left, and anesthetist Dr. M. Onaolapo with the operating room staff to the right of the new equipment.
"Many people have been calling to ask if the government moving the health system to one provincial health region will affect The Health Foundation and the work we do," said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation. "The short answer is no."
"There may be changes to some of the people we work with, and perhaps more contact with people in Regina, but the actual work we do and how we go about it will not change."
The Health Foundation is not part of the government system, is not part of the health region and receives no government funding. It is an independent organization with a local volunteer Board of Directors. The donations raised will still be spent in east central Saskatchewan, Mr. Fisher explained.
"People have strongly supported the work of the Foundation because they know that their donations get spent locally, on equipment that improves local health services. We tell people exactly what we are raising funds for," he noted.
TD Bank Financial Group and The Health Foundation announced the recipients of the Fall Education Awards for 2017. Applications are considered twice each year and awards are given each spring and fall. There were 15 successful applicants and a total of $13,700 awarded.
Annually, The Health Foundation’s Scholarship Fund awards at least $24,000 a year to help further the training and education of healthcare staff in east central Saskatchewan. The TD Bank Financial Group contributes $12,000 annually to fund 50% of the awards. This year the total of awards granted is $26,990. More about the Fall 2017 awards >
Earlier this year The Health Foundation had the opportunity to partner with the health region and buy two new anesthetic machines for the operating rooms of the Yorkton Regional Hospital.
“We were very pleased to help put two new anesthetic machines in the hospital,” said Diane Rusnak, Chair of The Health Foundation. “By buying two machines we could negotiate a good price, and we were able to use government dollars to buy the second machine.”
“The operating rooms in the Yorkton Regional Hospital conduct between 3,200 and 3,600 surgeries a year. When you have that many people going through the OR you want to be sure to have the best modern equipment available. That’s what the residents of this area deserve,” said Ross Fisher.
“It was very clear from talking to the Operating Room staff that the new equipment was very much needed. Our anesthesiologist and the OR nurses were so glad to have the new equipment, and really that’s what you want to see, you like to know the equipment was needed and it was a good use of donation dollars,” continued Mrs. Rusnak.
Recently The Health Foundation announced it ordered the new surgical microscope for which it has been raising funds in the past year, but that it still needed to raise a further $10,000. "We have been gratified by the support we received since then," Ross Fisher, the Executive Director, stated in announcing that the goal has now been met.
In addition to the $2,000 donations made by the Kinsmen Club of Yorkton and Farm Credit Corporation, other larger donations were also received: $1,000 from the RM of Keys, $1,500 from the RM of Orkney and an anonymous donation of $2,000. The Foundation also received a number of donations from individuals, and is now able to pay for the microscope when it arrives.
"A big thank you has to go out to everyone who responded so generously to make sure we could maintain the cataract surgery procedure in the Yorkton Regional Hospital", Mr. Fisher added.
The microscope is expected to arrive by mid-February. It represents an investment of $212,000 by The Foundation to improve healthcare in the region, including shipping and taxes.
The Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to being the leaders in continuously improving and expanding the quality of healthcare and medical services in east central Saskatchewan.
Our mission is to work in partnership with donors, the community, healthcare providers and government to raise and invest funds in capital and educational initiatives that will enhance healthcare services for our health region.
The Foundation is guided by a volunteer board, and operates independently from both the health region and government. It receives no money other than your much-appreciated donations.