Amanda Johnston, an X-ray technician at Penticton Regional Hospital, displays the “small format wireless detector” acquired through a $55,000 grant from the Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation. The Woodward’s donation also paid for five defibrillators for heart emergencies at other healthcare facilities in the South Okanagan Similkameen.(Photo Submitted)

Donation for much-needed Penticton hospital equipment

The foundation also purchased five AEDs at $1,700 each for healthcare facilities in the area

The Penticton Regional Hospital will be able to purchase much-needed imaging equipment thanks to a generous donation by a well-known B.C. retailer.

The Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation has donated more than $55,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation to allow for the purchase of a “small format wireless detector” that allows hospital staff to take diagnostic images without moving the patient as much with larger detectors.

This equipment can be used in a variety of cases including post-op knee replacement patients, in the emergency department and for infants.

“With the smaller detector, we don’t have to lift infants in the nursery for their imaging,” said Karen Bond, section head of radiology at PRH, said in a news release. “The warming bed they are on has a tray underneath that fits the small detector. With our standard detector, we are unable to use this tray.”

The Woodward’s Foundation also purchased five new automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) at a cost of $1,700 each. These machines can be used for heart emergencies at other healthcare facilities in the region.

“We truly appreciate the Woodward’s Foundation’s great generosity and that they continue to take such an active role in assisting communities throughout our province,” said Carey Borrn, executive director of the SOS Medical Foundation.

“We are pleased to ensure our Founders’ wishes continue to be met by providing grants to charitable organizations across British Columbia to help them purchase equipment for direct patient care and benefit,” said Jackie Lee-Son, executive director of the Woodward’s Foundation, which was founded in 1951 by P.A. Woodward, one of the sons of Woodward Stores founder Charles Woodward.

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