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Hospital Foundation Enjoys Strong Support In 2021

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For all the hardships the year 2021 brought, the Dauphin Hospital Foundation was blessed with strong support that spanned the Parkland area and beyond throughout the year.

Looking back on the year, the hospital foundation reflected on the many challenges everyone has faced during the pandemic and wish to pass along a heartfelt thank you to all that continue to ensure health care is provided to the people that need it.

“As the year comes to a close, we want to sincerely thank all of our health care workers who continue to give of themselves during unprecedented times. We recognize all you do and acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifices you make day in and day out. We can’t say thank you enough,” Greg Thompson, Dauphin Hospital Foundation chairperson, said.

“Our foundation, which will be entering its 34th year in 2022, has been able to accomplish many wonderful things for Dauphin Regional Health Centre, personal care home and Community Health Building. Together, we look forward to continuing to make a difference for patients, residents and clients that our health facilities and programs serve.”

The foundation was over the moon in 2021 to accept an estate donation of $100,000 from Dauphin resident Anne Stewart, who died in the year. Other larger contributions in the past year came from the Dauphin Legion Poppy Fund in the amount of $8,600 and the Rorketon Drop-in Centre with a donation of $7,000.

In 2021, the foundation purchased two larger pieces of equipment for the hospital totalling nearly $61,000.

Besides many appreciated local contributions, the charitable organization was pleasantly surprised with the number of donations made from outside the area through the Canada Helps application on the foundation website.

Sadly, the foundation lost two key supporters in 2021, with the passing of Dr. Allan Lysack in February and former City of Dauphin board representative Mayor Allen Dowhan in September.

“Dauphin Regional Health Centre was always top of mind for them and they both worked in different, but important ways to ensure that DRHC was always striving to be the best it could be,” Thompson said. “We reflect fondly on the memories of their dedication and contributions.”

Thompson says the foundation will meet early in 2022 to review options for new equipment purchases, grants for health care providers to upgrade their skill sets, scholarships and dedicated contribution funds.

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