Starlite Starbright Campaign bridges gap in health care needs

East Kootenay Health Foundation raising funds for priority items in local facilities

Members of the Invermere and District Hospital, Columbia House, the Invermere Health Care Society and the community met with the East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) on Thursday, November 16th to discuss its 10th Annual Starlite Campaign that runs from November 1st to December 31st. The focus of the campaign is to create funding for the smaller items that make the biggest difference at the region’s health care centres.

“East Kootenay hospitals, care homes, and health care facilities have a $3,000,000 gap in funding for essential equipment,” said EKFH executive director Brenna Baker.

According to Ms. Baker, existing resources don’t cover all of the East Kootenay Region, “resulting in a lack of up-to-date, life-changing equipment.”

Thanks to a list of generous donors, EKFH has brought essential funding to the table to purchase important medical equipment, but there are still a number of items that need to be purchased. There is currently a shortfall on items ranging between $100 to $700,000 and that includes everything from wheelchairs, blood pressure cuffs, to operating room beds and a general radiographic system.

The Starlight Campaign is seeking to bridge the gap this year with a call out to new donors to help raise $200,000 to ensure that the 75,000 people that are served by the East Kootenay Interior Health Region have their needs met, including local health care facilities in Invermere.

Donors can purchase a star and make a holiday gift to EKFH to help provide better health care to the area. Five hospitals, five care homes and several community health care facilities will be the beneficiaries of the campaign’s efforts this year.

The list of items are determined by the individual health care facilities and that list is approved by EKFH, before funding designation is determined.

To light a large star is $5,000 and a small star is $2,500. To make a holiday Starlite gift contact the EKFH office at 1-877-489-6481 or donate online at https://ekfh.ca/.

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