WINCHESTER — A week before deadline, Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation has hit its $25,000 fundraising target toward a planned upgrade in medication dispensing equipment.
Those funds have been matched by an anonymous donor who offered to contribute up to $25,000 just before Thanksgiving. The community had until Nov. 7 to meet the donor’s challenge, thereby generating $50,000 in total. The sum represents the first leg of an overall $400,000 goal the Foundation hopes to reach by March 31, 2017. It says the recently concluded matching gift program “provided a significant boost” to that effort.
“Things like this just don’t happen every day,” said the Foundation’s Managing Director, Kristen Casselman. “We are so blessed to witness the generosity and selflessness of all of our donors who just want to make a difference for patients.”
Foundation Board Chair, Tom Dawson, agreed: “This $50,000 will go a long way to support the purchase of the Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs) through the general equipment fund. Many thanks to the anonymous donor and all of the many matching gift donors for choosing to invest in this project.”
The ADCs ensure the right drugs are dispensed to the right patient at the right time. They simplify the process and increase patient safety. “Administering medication is the single most complex process in the entire hospital,” explained Joanne Leclair, Pharmacy Manager. “This new equipment will ensure safer care for our patients and we are so grateful for our community’s support.”
The provincial government does not fund the purchase of hospital equipment.