Welland Hospital Auxiliary pledges $500,000 for Endoscopy Services at Niagara Health System’s Welland Site

November 03, 2015

OneFoundation for Niagara Health System is pleased to announce a $500,000 commitment from the Welland Hospital Auxiliary in support of Endoscopy Services at Niagara Health System’s Welland Site.  The announcement was made today in front of the Auxiliary’s Gift Shop at the hospital, which is the main source of fundraising for the volunteer group.
This pledge comes shortly after the successful wrap up of the Auxiliary’s $1 million campaign to raise funds for the Kidney Care Unit at the Welland Site, named the Welland Hospital Auxiliary Dialysis Centre.  With this fundraising project fulfilled, the volunteers were ready for the next challenge to help keep the Welland hospital equipped for local residents.
 “The Welland Hospital Auxilians are dedicated volunteers who are helping to make a difference for the Welland Hospital Site of the NHS,” said Sharon Connelly, President of the Welland Hospital Auxiliary.  “We are pleased to partner with OneFoundation on our next task supporting endoscopy equipment and hope it will help patients in our community receive the very best care when they need it.”
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine the digestive or respiratory tract using an endoscope – a flexible tube that includes a light and camera.  These tools are used system-wide at NHS to treat a variety of ailments from chronic indigestion to cancer and are essential to keeping Niagarans in good health. 
Last year, the NHS identified replacement Endoscopy needs as a top priority at a cost of more than $2.5 million.  With almost 15,000 endoscopy tests performed across NHS sites in the course of a year – approximately 4,000 tests performed at the Welland Site alone - anyone can appreciate how many patients’ health depends on up-to-date scoping equipment.
 “This commitment to our Endoscopy Service is a wonderful example of the unwavering dedication of the Auxiliary to our Welland Site and its patients,” says NHS President Dr. Suzanne Johnston. “The Welland Hospital Auxiliary’s spirit of goodwill goes a long way in helping us provide high-quality care, which is why it and the auxiliaries at each of NHS’s sites are valued members of our healthcare team.”

Auxiliary members across Niagara give thousands of hours each year to NHS patients and their families, physicians and staff.  They raise significant dollars to buy much-needed equipment like incubators, ultrasound scanners and cardiac monitors and contribute funding for new emergency rooms and intensive care units.  More importantly, they provide people with a deep sense of humanity through their kindness and caring.

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