Monday, June 22, 2009

My World Tuesday ~ Hospital Day 101

1908

The third Saturday in June is Hospital Day in the Village of Queen Charlotte. Why a Hospital Day you ask? Begun in 1908....Hospital Day has always been both a fund raiser and a fun day. Originally it was also a work bee....chopping the winter's wood. Early Hospital Board minutes describe raising money to buy a sewing machine with community members coming toegether to celebrate their efforts and successes with food, games and dancing.

1947
This Hospital Day is the longest running fundraiser in the province, this year celebrating its 101st year.
2009

The original hospital still stands but just barely. The nurses quarters which stood to the right of the building in the above photos was taken down several years ago and the old hospital is sorely neglected.

I'm not quite sure when this hospital was built but I am thinking sometime in the early 50's. I took the picture one day because I was so surprised to not see any cars parked out front...it is usually full! We are blessed with such a small population to have a remarkable hospital staff.

This hospital will be replaced starting next year as a new hospital is built for the south end of the island. Some of the money from the Hospital Day has purchased such things as palliative care furniture, the covered area over the entrance to the QC Hospital, staff education support, LCD tvs and other items for patient comfort, one third of the $75,000 cost of the ultra sound at the new North Island Hospital. The fund does not fund items that the "Government" should fund but funds items or projects that are needed but are outside normal funding channels.

N. Tattan
There was a pancake breakfast, parade, entertainment...


N. Tattam

The kids where the big winners as we work to create a better future for them.

But the big people also had fun with Loonie auction, dragon boat races, dinner and dance.

The skies started out clear but clouded up as the day wore on and opened up just as things were winding down. The goal this year was to raise $36,000 for a Labour Delivery bed - $20,000(the current one is 25 years old!), a Stryker bed for chemotherapy treatment - $5,500(currently cancer patients have to go off island for treatment), patient exam table - $1,900, mental health activity program - $2,000, Bursaries for on-going health field education - $2,000 and an electric lift for lab outpatients - $5,000. Not bad for a community with a population of just under 1000!


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17 comments:

JennWasHere said...

Very great pictures! I love the archived shots of the hospital!

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Tom said...

This looks a great place to live... the communitity pulling together is a joy to see... this is one tradition I hope never ends.. Great reading about this and seeing the fun that was had by all.
Tom
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chrome3d said...

That was a great parade and those red and black uniforms make them look so trustworthy.

Wolynski said...

That looks like a lot of fun for a good cause. Isn't that hospital tiny? I suppose people there live a healthy lifestyle.

SandyCarlson said...

That's a wonderful tradition. The old place sure put in its time. Your town looks lovely.

bitingmidge said...

Great story, great post.

I love the subtle changes that take place in buildings over the years, even before the decay sets in.

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Babooshka said...

We saved our hospital from closing by pulling together so I can relate to this. Wonderful to see so many out in force for tradition and having fun.

Ruth said...

I like your hospital and your colourful parade. The (huge) hospital I work at has a very interesting history and some of the original buildings still stand (in poor repair)

fishing guy said...

Carolyn: What a neat post you shared with the neat look at the fun day in your city.

Arija said...

A great deal can be achieved when a community work together for the betterment of all.
I wish someone would take over the old hospital building and convert it to a splendid home.

Cedar ... said...

I happened to open this post here at school on a break. In the art room across the hall the teacher is a playing bagpipe cd, she pipes in a local band. I invited her to take a look at the "red serge" and pipers,... she was very interested. Love the idea of fundraising for the town's hospital.

Louise said...

I love small-town festivals. This one looks fabulous, and the amount of money raised is quite impressive!

A Scattering said...

Thanks for the event tour Carolyn, it was really interesting. You guys rock as fundraisers.

Marites said...

That's really fascinating to see old pics of the hospital and to see its building still standing. that's actually impressive. It is really nice that the event is still ongoing.

Karen said...

That is a cool look back into the history of your little part of the world...

What a wonderful community you live in..

Janie said...

Looks like a fun way to raise money for an important cause.

Vagabonde said...

I just came back from 10 days in Ohio where my daughter and son in law work in a hospital – but it is quite big and grey, not as pretty as yours. I have a lot of catching up to do to read all the posts.

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