Donation funds new hospital equipment for Sarnia hospital

Another donation provided more equipment for the Sarnia hospital.

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Another donation provided more equipment for the Sarnia hospital.

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The Bluewater Health Foundation on Thursday announced a recent donation of $ 63,000 from Kel-Gor Ltd.

Warmers are sometimes needed for newborns while monitors are used at each birth to monitor a number of things, including the baby’s heart rate and other vital signs, officials said.

There is at least one warmer per bed in the department that helps deliver about 1,000 babies per year, said Kathy Alexander of the Bluewater Health Foundation.

“The real need to consistently and consistently advance technology – replacing these pieces of equipment – is an ongoing process for this unit, given the number of babies being born each year,” she said.

“So these are very essential items and specialty items that we are delighted to have the support of Kel-Gor to enable us to purchase these new ones.”

The foundation, which historically has raised around $ 2 million a year for hospital equipment, is in constant need of donations for various purchases in all departments, she said.

“Every dollar raised has a substantial impact on local health care,” said Alexander.

A baby warmer like the ones used at Bluewater Health.  (Submitted)
A baby warmer like the ones used at Bluewater Health. (Submitted) jpg, then

Bigger projects right now include renovating the old CIBC branch in downtown Sarnia to an Access Open Minds mental health center for ages 12 to 25.

Construction started about a month ago and a $ 3 million construction fundraiser is about two-thirds away there, Alexander said. This campaign has grown from an initial effort of $ 1.8 million due to increased construction costs, including ventilation requirements, due to COVID-19.

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The renovations are expected to be completed by early 2022, she said.

“We are cautiously optimistic, but also cautiously realistic, that it might take longer, given all the delays that we are seeing” everywhere for construction projects, she said.

A new $ 2.4 million lab at the Sarnia hospital is nearing completion and about half paid for, she said. A $ 250,000 donation from Fleck Law and last year’s Dream Home Lottery proceeds helped support this project.

“All the tests that need to be done regarding a diagnosis are done in the central lab, and they work all the time,” she said of the importance of the investment.

All funds generated from a gala that has been postponed three times in the past two years amid COVID-19 are also earmarked for the project, she said.

The gala had been tentatively booked for December, but the decision was made to postpone it, Alexander said.

“We hope to be able to announce something to the community at the start of the New Year and when that happens it will be fabulous,” she said.

The gala typically brings in around $ 80,000 and is an opportunity for people to meet the guest speaker, making it difficult to go virtual, Alexander said. Previous speakers included astronaut Chris Hadfield, Olympian Clara Hughes and renowned humanitarian Stephen Lewis.

Other priorities for the foundation include $ 350,000 per year for Ryan’s House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation support center, and up to $ 400,000 for a helipad project at Sarnia Hospital.

More details on the priorities are available at

There is immense gratitude for the continued support of the community, Alexander said.

“Bluewater Health is at the heart of our community and we are very grateful to those who choose to give us a gift. “

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Lillian L. Pena