The Moose Jaw Health Foundation (MJHF) looks to raise $8 million for the new Universal Care Unit (UCU
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Frank.
Past and present members of the Moose Jaw Hospital Auxilary show off their donation to Moose Jaw's new Universal Care Unit. From left; Pat Shell; Jory Staples; Bette Bellegarde; Lyla Knight and Lillian Wostradowski.
Dave Reidy, chair of the campaign committee raising funds for the new UCU, told the crowd gathered for the MJHF celebration on Tuesday that over the next 24 months the campaign’s goal is to help equip the new regional hospital with state of the art equipment.
“This goal is large, however, we are very confident that our donors and supporters will rally together through the foundation to reach this goal,” Reidy told the audience.
One of those support groups helping raise the funds for the UCU — which will be one of the first in Canada — is the Moose Jaw Union Hospital Auxilary, who announced a $250 thousand donation to the MJHF during the afternoon banquet and will give their first payment at the Eighth Annual Family First Radiothon on May 1 and 2.
“It’s going to go toward capital equipment,” Brenda Brodie, President of the Moose Jaw Union Hospital told the Times-Herald. “It’s going to improve the quality of patient care in the new Regional Hospital.”
The UCU will have 43 private rooms for patients requiring emergency and short-term medical assistance. The unit will centralize all essential medical services for the patient in one place.
“The new facility is going to take all the principals of new care that is really solely focused on the patient and gives our doctors and nurses a new way of helping them get their treatment faster,” said Kelly McElree, Executive Director of the MJHF. “I used to hear in university, this is a paradigm shift or a new way of thinking. This is not only a new was of thinking but a new way of doing.”
Funds will go toward equipping the UCU with the best available medical tools and will include 42 new diagnostic sets, critical care monitors and specialized equipment for a trauma room for patients suffering traumatic injuries.
“Everyone in health care across the country is focusing on Moose Jaw and that is amazing and that’s because of the incredible leadership they have here and the phenomenal medical staff and an incredibly supportive community,” said McElree.
The community will have a chance to show their support at the upcoming Radiothon. This year’s goal is to raise $500,000 toward the new medical equipment needed for the UCU.
Darryl Pisio of Golden West Radio said last year the Radiothon raised $182,000.
“This is the largest fundraising goal ever. We need the community to come together like never before to help achieve this goal,” Pisio told the audience on Tuesday.
Donations can also be made at the MJHF website www.mjhf.org or at the 24 fundraising events held throughout the year,
Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.