WINCHESTER — The saying goes that one good deed deserves another. And it seems to be true for the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation’s latest matching gift program. An anonymous donor has agreed to match gifts given to the Foundation up to $25,000 — and the community has responded generously.
“We have received more than $12,000 in donations so far which is fantastic. I encourage anyone who has ever used WDMH to consider making a gift to the matching gift program as opportunities like this do not come along very often. Donations will be matched until Nov. 7 or until we reach $25,000 — whichever comes first,” notes Kristen Casselman, Managing Director. “We are so grateful to the anonymous donor and those in the community who are supporting this project – thank you so much.”
Dr. Gabe Slowey, a retired WDMH physician, says he made a donation for a couple of reasons. “I know that these cabinets are going to help with improved safety when patients receive their medications and also because my gift would be doubled.”
Money raised will be directed to the general equipment fund in support of five new Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs), which ensure the right drugs are dispensed to the right patient at the right time. The units simplify the process and increase patient safety, according to the hospital, which says its most complicated task each year is the delivery of 150,000 medications to patients. With such a high-volume, repetitive and labour-intensive process, the institution acknowledges that there can be errors. The new system, it emphasizes, will ensure safer patient care.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can visit the Foundation website at www.wdmh.on.ca/foundation and click on the ‘Double the Impact of Your Donation’ link. Or call 613-774-2422 ext. 6162 or visit the Foundation office in the hospital lobby.