Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda Funds Improvements at Hospitals

Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) was pleased to recently accept funds of $500,000 from the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda (HAB).

The HAB is the single largest donor for BHB, raising funds through their three retail businesses: the Pink Café, the Gift Shop and the Barn. In addition, HAB members make an invaluable contribution to patient care by volunteering thousands of hours annually at both hospitals.

Deputy CEO for BHB, Venetta Symonds said, “The hospitals are grateful for HAB’s continued financial support. In addition to raising funds for us each year, their members volunteer daily at both hospitals, working on the wards, at the front desk and in many other areas. Staff, patients and members of the community truly appreciate the important contribution HAB members make to quality patient care.”

Josephine Wright, President of the HAB said, “Our volunteers are extremely committed to supporting the hospitals. Thanks to their dedication and hard work, we are able to fund the purchase of equipment for both hospitals.”

Recent donations will provide significant improvements at KEMH and MWI. Items purchased include:
· Ten dialysis machines
· Trauma stretchers for the emergency department
· Tubs for patients at MWI
· A ventilator for the intensive care unit
· Camera equipment for the operating room
· A microscope for the operating room
· Three sink workstations

Members of the public are encouraged to join the HAB and volunteer at the hospitals. Please contact 236-2488 for further information.

About the HAB:
The HAB is a registered charity, founded in 1953. Its purpose is to foster interest in the hospitals and to provide volunteer services at the hospitals. Governed by a Board of six members, the HAB also raises funds for BHB through the operation of its three businesses: The Pink Café, The Gift Shop (which includes the Hospitality Cart) and the Barn. Funds raised by the HAB have purchased a long list of capital equipment that includes seven ambulances and a mass casualty vehicle. It is estimated that over the past 50 years, the HAB has raised nearly 10 million dollars.

There are approximately 300 active volunteers and 85 Candy Stripers who log about 40,000 hours each year working at both hospitals. Volunteers are always needed and interested people may contact 236-2488.

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