Live concert featuring the Bad Uglies to raise funds for new ventilator at hospital

The hospital is continuing its efforts to raise funds for a piece of equipment that would improve the level of care for trauma patients.

The Golden and District Hospital is continuing its efforts to raise funds for a piece of equipment that would improve the level of care for trauma patients.

The hospital has already raised more than $5,800 for the transport ventilator from donations and a Radiothon, but still has a long way to go before they can purchase the $40,000 piece of equipment.

“We have a long way to go, but we’re getting there,” said Jo Evison, site manager at the Golden and District Hospital.

On Friday June 26 they will be hosting a live concert in Spirit Square and a community barbecue, hosted by the Rotary Club, to raise some funds.

“It’s really so we can replace some of our older, aging equipment,” said Marc Hatford, the hospital’s patient care co-ordinator.

The current ventilator is 15 years old, and is not compatible with other equipment throughout Interior Health, as well as BC Ambulance and STARS.

“The one we’re using right now is quite finicky,” said Hatford. “But with this new ventilator we’ll just have to unplug our stuff, and plug in theirs.”

Even for simple patient transfers from the hospital to the airport, the process can be time consuming and frustrating.

The hospital will continue with fundraising efforts throughout the year, and hopes to raise the full amount as soon as possible.

The Bad Uglies, featuring hospital employee Duane Amundrud, will be playing in the Square on June 19, with some other musical guests. The show starts at 5 p.m.