Money raised for medical equipment

Most of the money has been raised for a new operating room table and lights for the Summerland Health Centre.

Most of the money has been raised for a new operating room table and lights for the Summerland Health Centre as well as other health-related items for the region.

In fall, the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation set a fundraising goal of $632,500 for its seventh annual Tree of Dreams Campaign.

Before the end of the year, donors had contributed $568,513 to the campaign.

Janice Perrino, director of the medical foundation, said the table and lights are expected to arrive in April.

The cost of the table, at $145,000, was raised by the Summerland Healthcare Auxiliary. The Summerland facility handles many day surgeries for the region.

While Summerland’s operating room equipment was the largest expense in the campaign, there were other items on the fundraising list.

These included a $30,000 bronchoscope, a $30,000 rapid fuser, an ear, nose and throat navigation system worth $120,000, seven adjustable renal dialysis treatment chairs worth $5,000 each, 10 stretchers at $5,800 each, two cardiac defibrillators at $58,000, a hypo/hyperthermia unit for the intensive care unit at $30,000, a $30,000 ultrasound probe and a $50,000 sentinel node probe.

Those who still wish to donate to the foundation may visit sosmedicalfoundation.com, stop at the foundation’s offices at the Penticton Regional Hospital or call 250-492-9027.

Tax receipts are available for donations of any amount.