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Posted: February 20, 2015

EKFH releases first ICU funding confirmation

On October 6, 2014 East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) took on the opportunity for a fundraising campaign to purchase essential equipment for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital’s new intensive care unit.

The 17-month, $1 million dollar campaign launched immediately and the outpouring of financial support from donors through EKFH’s Starlite Campaign is showing its impact with EKFH releasing its first funding confirmation for ICU equipment purchases.

“What a testament to the generosity of people living in the East Kootenay who believe in supporting our fundraising goal to bring the best in intensive care to the regional hospital,” stated EKFH Chair Brian Clifford.

With the help of many, EKFH has issued a funding confirmation to Interior Health to proceed with orders for seven Vernacare Solo Macerators (elimination of biodegradable utensils & human waste) – $68,992; PACS Image Viewing Station (picture archiving and communications system) – $24,640; and a Blood Gas Analyzer (analyses red blood cells transport of oxygen & carbon dioxide) ~ $11,088.

It’s an incredible start to the fundraising and only possible through a donor driven community campaign. There are some very large ticket items still remaining that need funding. To meet the demands of the region tandem booms, a central communications station, high acuity patient beds, a ventilator, infusion pumps, celling lifts, a bi-pap unit and a warming cabinet are still a high priority to ensure the ICU is fully equipped.

EKFH has committed to raise funds for equipment for the hospital’s new ICU. This commitment frees up a portion of Ministry of Health and Kootenay East Regional Hospital District funding for the project that will now be used to renovate the old ICU area into which the existing pediatric unit will move.

Your ICU needs you. Please join the campaign today by making a gift at your local hospital or health care facility, sending a donation to EKFH to 13 24th Ave N, Cranbrook, B.C., V1C 3H9 or on-line @


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