Foundation’s Christmas Appeal makes wish for infant ventilator

YARMOUTH (Nov. 4, 2005) – The goal of this year’s Yarmouth Hospital Foundation Christmas Appeal is to raise $30,000 to buy a new infant ventilator.

“Our current ventilator is approximately 13 years old and it’s difficult to obtain spare parts for it,” explains Dr. Dominique Couture, Chief of Pediatrics at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. “Newer technology is available to let us provide better care for critically ill infants – it’s time to replace the existing ventilator.”

An infant ventilator is used to provide respiratory life support to premature newborns and infants in respiratory distress.

“An average 400 babies are born each year at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital,” Dr. Couture says. “Some of these babies are not able to breathe well enough on their own and may require the assistance of an infant ventilator.”

The Yarmouth Hospital Foundation and its volunteers are hoping people in the Tri-County region are in the giving spirit this Christmas to support the annual appeal.

“Over the past week or so, we have had volunteers stuff 20,000 Christmas Appeal letters into envelopes to be sent out to potential donors,” says David Arenburg, Chairman of the Foundation. “Our hope is that the people of Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne see the need for this vital piece of equipment and support the appeal.”

“We are blessed with a regional hospital with a talented, caring staff using some of the most advanced medical equipment to meet the needs of their patients,” Mr. Arenburg says. “Campaigns such as the Christmas Appeal are key to ensuring that continues to happen.”

He notes that area businesses are always an active part of the campaign. For example, Rudder’s Seafood Restaurant & Brew Pub on Water Street in Yarmouth is hosting the third annual Celebration of Christmas Holiday Trees in support of the Christmas Appeal.

The event is highlighted by a dinner and auction on Tuesday, Dec. 6. On auction are fully trimmed, artificial Christmas trees, wreathes, swags and other Christmas items sponsored by various businesses throughout the Tri-Counties. There are also several larger trimmed trees to be raffled off and they will be displayed at various businesses in the region, including Rudder’s. Tickets for the dinner and auction are $45 and go on sale during the tree trimming party at Rudder’s on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Contacts:
David Arenburg, YHF Board Chair      749-8547         adcor@ns.sympatico.ca

Paulette Sweeney-Goodwin,
YHF  Managing Director                      749-1669         psweeney@swndha.nshealth.ca

Barbara Johnson,
SWH Communications Director            749-0517         bjohnson@swndha.nshealth.ca