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Hospital gets life-saving equipment thanks to COVID fundraiser

Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation's #Safeathome Fund provided nearly $100,000 donation for CRRT machines
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ICU nurses Donna Kopp and Amy Hauk stand alongside one of the CRRT PrisMax machines that has been in service at UHNBC supporting acute care patients.

The University Hospital of Northern B.C. received a pair of life-saving machines, thanks to a fund created to support local healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation's #Safeathome Fund provided nearly $100,000 for the purchase of two continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) machines, according to a statement issued by the foundation. The equipment was identified by UHNBC critical care department head Dr. Marietjie Slabbert as equipment that supports best practices for treating the critically-ill.

“We are so very grateful to donors who helped make this a reality," Spirit of the North CEO Judy Neiser said. “Not only has this been equipment that was identified as something beneficial to COVID patients, but it also adds strength to UHNBC’s continuum of care for acute care patients.”  

The two machines, nicknamed Thelma and Louise, are in addition to one CRRT machine which had been in use at the hospital for the past three years.