Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation Receives $1.2M Bequest at AGM

Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation Receives $1.2M Bequest at AGM Health & Wellness SouthWest Saskatchewan  Cypress Health Region   Family and friends of the late Roy Blanchard present a $1.2 million gift to the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation at its AGM Thursday

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation received another generous gift to help fund the purchase of another vital piece of healthcare equipment for the southwest.

At their 14th Annual General Meeting on Thursday, the Foundation was formally presented with a $1.2 million bequest from the Estate of the late Roy Blanchard, a farmer from the Simmie area who passed away last April at the age of 86.

“I wish I would have gotten a chance to meet some of these people prior to today, because there are some big-hearted people in this area,” said Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson. “We’ve just been blessed with some support over the last couple of years, and this is just one of them.”

{mp3}thompson_apr19{/mp3}Full interview with Clay Thompson

The gift has been pledged toward the purchase of a new CT Scanner for Cypress Regional Hospital, which will be installed this year. The new scanner will provide sharper, high quality images with lower radiation exposure to the patient. The hospital will be able to provide more in-depth imaging, where previously, patients would have to be referred to hospitals in Regina and Saskatoon.

The new scanner costs $1.6 million, and with $1.2 million already committed, the Foundation will aim to raise the remaining $400,000 through their regular activities this year, including their 7th Annual Golf Tournament on June 7th, and the Pharmasave Your Family’s Health Radiothon set for this fall on Country Music Radio.

Also at the meeting, the Foundation announced they’ve received $1.4 million in gifts in 2012, which have helped fund the purchases of equipment for healthcare facilities in the southwest.

“I know I’m safe saying that every facility in the southwest corner got something through the Foundation in 2012,” Thompson said. “I know that it doesn’t happen every year, and it may not happen again this year, but at least for 2012, we can say everybody got some benefit out of the foundation activities.”

Some of the items made possible through the foundation in 2012 included the construction of a new covered walkway at Cypress Regional Hospital, the purchase of a computerized radiography unit at the Herbert and District Integrated Healthcare Facility, and the 2012 Radiothon helped raise over $100,000 for new cardiac monitoring equipment.

The foundation has also helped purchase some other pieces of equipment that many people may not know about, or may not see until they need care at these facilities. Those pieces include hospital beds in Swift Current, EMS equipment in Vanguard, and a defibrillator for the Gull Lake and District Ambulance.

“A lot of what we do does end up behind the scenes,” Thompson added. “We did some ultrasound probes for the emergency room [at Cypress Regional Hospital]. If you need them, they’re the best thing that can be there for this particular day, but if you don’t need them, you don’t know that they’re there. People don’t understand sometimes what it is we actually do, and I’m hoping today that people will see what we’re all about, what we’re doing, and help us promote that good work that we’re doing.”

The Foundation has also funded equipment for the new Simulation Lab at Cypress Regional Hospital, which was made possible through a $100,000 donation from the Lee Family made at the 2011 Radiothon. The lab will be recognized at a grand opening this morning at the hospital.

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