April 13, 2015 (BELLEVILLE) – The volunteers of the Belleville General Hospital Auxiliary are proud to support patient care by presenting a cheque of $80,000 in support of minor equipment needs at QHC Belleville General Hospital.
Each year, managers at QHC work with frontline staff to determine priority minor equipment needs within the various departments. Minor equipment are items that cost under $5000 each such as patient lifts, wheelchairs, vital sign machines and thermometers.
According to BGH Auxiliary President Jane Batey, the donation is the culmination of thousands of volunteer hours. In 2014, the BGH Auxiliary team comprised of 250 volunteers gave 35525 hours of service in support of the hospital.
“The BGH Auxiliary recognizes that this equipment is integral in ensuring staff have the right, up-to-date tools to provide exceptional patient care,” explains Ms. Batey. “Our membership takes great pride in the work they do in support of the hospital and I am extremely honoured to make this donation on behalf of our dedicated team of volunteers.”
The Auxiliary decided to make the announcement on volunteer week April 12th-18th, to celebrate the power of hospital volunteers.
“Volunteers are an integral part of the QHC team in diverse and meaningful ways,” explains Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President Katherine Stansfield. “Today’s announcement of financial support is sincerely appreciated, as are the efforts of hospital volunteers active each day providing information services, offering support and companionship in patient care areas and working within Auxiliary retail operations. It’s inspirational to consider the combined contribution of volunteers of the BGH Auxiliary over the past 77 years of service.”
For more information, please contact:
BGH Auxiliary President Jane Batey
(613)969-7400 ext 2297
Background: The BGH Auxiliary is an independent registered not-for-profit corporation and charity with 250 members. It’s been in operation for 77 years. The Auxiliary operates more than 25 volunteer programs, events and services at QHC Belleville General Hospital as well as operating the very successful Opportunity Shop thrift store at Market Square in downtown Belleville.