By Dan Rankin
A ribbon-cutting was held at St. Marys Memorial Hospital’s west wing family lounge on Monday, which received a major facelift recently thanks in part to a $25,000 donation from Trillium Mutual Insurance’s Trillium ROOTS Community Fund.
The new lounge, which is regularly used by such visitors to the hospital as the families of palliative care patients, or patients receiving blood transfusions, now contains such features as a microwave and minifridge, a fire place and reclining lounge chair – among other seating and furniture – and a flatscreen ‘smart’ TV capable of connecting to the internet and holding Skype conversations.
“This space gives patients’ families somewhere to collect their thoughts, visit, bring a meal and share and break bread together,” said hospital manager Jane Rundle, noting that the reclining lounge chair can double as a bed for a family member to provide a more comfortable overnight stay near their loved one.
Commenting on the donation from Trillium Mutual, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Vice President of People and Workplace Health, Marie Omerod said, “the dedication and commitment of this community to the hospital is second to none. This room means so much to patients and their families from a privacy perspective, letting loved ones relax in a home-like setting.”