BHB Says Thanks a Million to the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda

The Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announced that it has received almost one million dollars in donations from the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda (HAB) in 2005. The HAB is a registered charity that raises funds and provides volunteer services for the hospitals. Funds were raised through the HAB’s four businesses: The Barn, The Pink Café, the gift shop and hospitality cart. The HAB is the hospitals’ single largest donor, donating $981,765.38 this past year alone.

“On behalf of our staff and patients, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation to the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda,” said Joan Dillas-Wright, Chief Executive Officer of the Bermuda Hospitals Board. “We’re grateful to the HAB for its incredible support, which will help our patients and staff in very meaningful ways.”

The HAB’s donations have been used for significant improvements at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI) this past year. The funds were used to purchase many items, including:

– Telemetry in the Intensive Care Unit. This is a technology that allows the remote measurement and reporting of information of interest. Telemetry is used for patients who are at risk of abnormal heart activity.

– A pure water plant for the dialysis unit. Pure water is crucial to hemodialysis.

– Four defribillators for the emergency room.

– A stress treadmill for the Cardiac Care Unit

– Two colonscopes for the operating room. A colonscope is an instrument used to check the lining of the colon.

– A bariatric bed for the medical wards, which is designed for obese individuals.

– Two bed modules for the Intensive Care Unit

– Blood pressure monitors at KEMH and MWI.

– A mass casualty vehicle equipped with supplies and equipment to treat three categories of victims: critcal, urgent and non-urgent. This will allow staff to stabilize victims in most casualty situations until they reach the hospital.

Each year, the HAB donates more than 40,000 hours of service to the BHB. It has contributed millions of dollars in support of the hospitals since its inception in 1953. The HAB is in need of volunteers so that it may keep fulfilling its important mandate. Students 14 years of age or older and adults interested in volunteering for the HAB may contact the Volunteer Coordinator 441-236-2488.

Pictured below: BHB mass casualty unit, donated by the HAB.

Back row, from left: Connie Bento,HAB Volunteer; Greta Carne, HAB Board Member;
Roseanne Michelsen, HAB President; Heidi Augustinovic, HAB Treasurer;
Ray Santucci, BHB EMT.

Front row, from left: Kareen Richards, BHB Programme Manager; , Dr. Edward Schultz, BHB Director, Emergency Department; Lynette Raynor, BHB Clinical Coordinator;
Dr. Rosalyn Bascombe, BHB Assistant Director, Emergency Department;
Norman Raposo, HAB volunteer; Joan Dillas-Wright; BHB CEO; Alda Raposo, HAB Chairperson.

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