Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda’s Generous Donations Enhance Patient Care

The Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announced that it received $467,200.00 from the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda (HAB), bringing total donations from the HAB in less than a year to approximately three quarter of a million dollars. These donations will enhance patient care in all areas of the hospitals.

“We are extremely grateful to the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda for its very generous donations, which will benefit so many of our patients,” said Joan Dillas-Wright, Chief Executive Officer of the Bermuda Hospitals Board. “The HAB has given us tremendous support over the years, and its important contributions are felt strongly throughout the hospitals.”

The HAB’s donations since June 2004 have allowed for many improvements to patient care at King Edward and St. Brendan’s Hospitals. Funds have gone toward the purchase of:

– Analyzer for laboratory
– Angiography injector for diagnostic imaging
– Defribillator
– Emergency van
– Endoscopy equipment and light source for the operating room
– Vehicle for St. Brendan’s Hospital
– Mechanical traction bed for physiotherapy
– Patient lift for Perry ward
– Resuscitaire/radiant warmer for the Maternal Child Unit
– Tablet counter for the pharmacy
– Telemetry (technology that allows the remote measurement and reporting of information about patients who are at risk of abnormal heart activity)
– Videoimaging chair for speech pathology
– Two bed modules for the intensive care unit
– Two floor cleaning machines for housekeeping
– Two stretchers for the orthopaedic clinic
– Three syringe drivers for the operating room
– Four sets of orthopaedic beams for the Surgical Programme
– Six stands for transferring blood pressure monitors
– Eight examining tables for the emergency room
– Eight blood pressure monitors for Cooper, Curtis and Gordon wards and Hyperbarics
– Ten intravenous pumps for the recovery room

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.

The HAB operates within both hospitals and has its own Board of Directors, membership and staff. HAB membership is open to all Bermuda residents over the age of 18. The Candy Striping Programme, the junior branch of the HAB, is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 18. Volunteers are encouraged to give a minimum of 2 ½ hours per week. The HAB needs approximately 200 volunteers per week for the 50,000 hours of service per year. The HAB also offers a scholarship award each year to one of its Candy Stripers.

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