The Cariboo Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently spent $2,739.45 to purchase a Hoover Mat for the hospital, says auxiliary member Cynthia Wilson.
She says the Hoover Mat looks like a blow-up mattress which allows one nurse to move a patient from one bed to another bed.
The Hoover Mat is placed under the patient deflated and then inflated for the move.
The Hoover Mat is especially useful after patient surgery and is a back-saver for nurses.
The hospital auxiliary has also purchases a special stretcher for the local cardiology unit at a cost of $3,065.74.
Flo Beauchamp also donated five quilts to the hospital auxiliary that were passed on to the hospitals renal care unit.
Funds for the equipment were raised by the hospital auxiliary’s gift store in the hospital and other fundraising efforts such as the bake sale held on Friday March 30 in the hospital lobby.
“Staff and patients were eager to buy all the goodies available,” says Wilson.
“All profits go to purchasing needed equipment for the hospital. The hospital auxiliary thanks everyone in the community for their continued support.”