December 12, 2012 - 4:16 PM
Families, businesses and clubs are coming together in Vernon to give the gift of medical technology.
"That's what we're buying—technology," says Sue Beaudry, VJHF director of development. "We all think about the role of technology at work or in our homes, but it serves a very important purpose in health care too."
Vernon Jubilee needs $200,000 to purchase two new types of equipment. Right now, proceeds are just over $93,000 and Beaudry says the community has been very generous this year, with $15,000 coming from the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Healthcare Auxiliary and over $80 from a brother and sister who donated proceeds from their summertime lemonade stand.
"They realize they're doing something good for the community," Beaudry says of the youth who donate. "The lesson that there are others in need is an important one."
This year while technology lovers are writing Santa for a new laptop or tablet, Vernon Jubilee Hospital is putting high-definition cameras for endoscopic surgery and a video colposcopy system on its wish list.
The high-def cameras allow surgeons to perform operations through small incisions. Instead of having to open up the body with a large, and invasive incision in order to directly view the patient's insides, doctors can use small cameras to gain essential visuals. Beaudry says recovery from such operations is much faster because there is less muscle and tissue damage.
The video colposcopy system is aimed specifically at women's health, and is used to diagnose cervical and ovarian cancer by picking up on the presence of precancerous cells as part of a preventative system. For future patients undergoing endoscopic surgery, or finding out early on they're at risk of cervical cancer, the technologies are priceless Christmas presents.
The Light A Bulb campaign was founded in 1988 and has grown ever since with 3.1 million raised in total over the years.
"The campaign is synonymous with the hospital this time of year," Beaudry says.
Contact the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation office at 250-558-1362 for more information or to donate. Donations can also be made here: http://www.vjhfoundation.org/
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