On Monday evening, representatives from the Royal Canadian Legion St. Marys Branch 236 (above) presented a cheque for $5,097.11 to the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation that covered the purchasing of a new ceiling lift for patient mobility. Pictured, from left, are Legion branch president Pete Bushfield, branch track and field executive Jason Cates, St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation vice chair Pat Craigmile, PSW Aarron Stokes, branch first vice president Tom Jenkins, poppy chairman Owen Marchant, foundation executive director Krista Linklater and RN Rebecca Wilker. Craigmile said it is because of the “phenomenal” support of local organizations such as the Legion that the foundation was able to raise over $4 million in just 18 months. “We’re working on the last million and feel positive, knowing this community, that we’ll reach that goal,” she said, noting that the money will bring better healthcare to the area along with upgraded equipment and technology.
Pictured at left, St. Marys Memorial Hospital Registered Nurse Rebecca Wilker, left, and Personal Support Worker Aarron Stokes, right (with a little help from hospital manager Jane Rundle), demonstrate the new Maxi Sky 600 ceiling lift by Arjohuntleigh, which is now in operation at the hospital thanks to a grant from the Royal Canadian Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary Charitable Foundation and St. Marys Branch 236. “It helps us and patients by letting us get them safely out of bed, taking the weight bearing off our backs and theirs,” said Wilker. “It’s about mobility.”