WINCHESTER — For more than 40 years, Le Club du Bel âge de Marionville has been bringing community members over the age of 55 together for dinners, games and social outings.
In addition to having fun, the Club’s more than 60 members also give back to local organizations including the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) Foundation. At a recent cheque presentation, the group delivered $1,000 to the general equipment fund in support of WDMH’s new Automatic Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs). The Foundation is currently raising $400,000 for the new automated technology, described in a Foundation press release as the hospital’s “highest priority equipment need this year.”
“The Club members understand that the hospital serves a big region and the people from these villages are, or will, be using these services,” explained Noella Drouin, who has served as Club
President for the past 14 years. “Not everyone can travel to the city for treatment or tests. Our hospital in Winchester needs equipment updates to service our community. On behalf of Club du Bel âge de Marionville, we thank you for the excellent services you have provided us through the years.”
“We’d like to give again because we know the hospital needs money for equipment,” added Richard Leblanc, volunteer director.
ADCs are like vending machines that dispense pre-packaged medication. The units reduce the risk of errors as only one medication drawer can be unlocked at a time – both when stocking the machine and when a nurse is getting a patient’s medication.
“Thank you so much for making this gift to the Foundation,” summed up Joe Brennan, WDMH Foundation volunteer Board member. “It’s so important for our hospital to receive support from active community groups like yours.”