Royal Canadian Legion Barry’s Bay Branch 406 has been honoured for being a community healthcare partner during the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Francis Memorial Hospital presented a plaque in recognition of this to Branch President Heather Poliquin on Mar.28. Above from left: Mary Ellen Harris, SFMH Director of Patient Care Services, Branch 406 President Heather Poliquin, Greg McLeod, Chief Operating Officer at SFMH. Photo Kim Hanewich.
The inscription on the plaque (close-up below) tells the story and gives the impressive numbers of residents who benefitted from Branch 406’s partnership with SFMH. It reads:
Legion grant covers specialist equipment for SFMH, Valley Manor
Also on Mar.28, Branch 406 presented the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation with a cheque for $11,852.29 to benefit both SFMH and Valley Manor Long Term Care. The amount provided by the Legion grant covers $6,500 to buy a new fluid warmer and Broda wheelchair for the hospital, as both items had exceeded their life expectancy. The iVNow2 Fluid Warmer quickly heats and maintains safe temperatures of intravenous and irrigation fluids while saving space and staff time. Patients with reduced mobility can attend activities comfortably and also get outdoors in good weather. The remaining $6,000 provides two therapeutic mattresses for Valley Manor which will ensure comfort, reduce pressure injuries, and meet infection control standards.
Above from left: SFVHF Executive Director Erin Gienow, Valley Manor CEO Trisha DesLaurier, Barry’s Bay Royal Canadian Legion President Heather Poliquin, Director of Patient Care Services at SFMH Mary Ellen Harris, and SFMH COO Greg McLeod. Photo: Kim Hanewich