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