FOR the past year, the Bass Coast Health (BCH) Hospital Ladies Auxiliary has put their heart and soul into raising $23,000 for an ECG (Electrocardiography) machine for the hospital in Wonthaggi.
After devoting many hours coordinating and running various events during this time, they recently achieved their goal and were very proud to see the new ECG machine in action in Wonthaggi Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) for themselves last week.
“A lot of hard work went into getting this machine,” auxiliary president Marg Hender said.
“The money was raised from our fete, golf ball drop, luncheons, our Rotary market stall, Navy band concert and raffles.
“It’s been a labour of love for quite a while and it’s wonderful to finally see what all that hard work produced.”
As BCH’s acting ED Nurse Unit manager Chris Burns showed the new machine to the ladies, Chris said the staff were very excited about the having a new machine in the ED.
“It’s already saving us time and making us more efficient – and this machine would not have been possible without your amazing efforts.
“We are so very grateful to have it.”
Seeing the result of their fundraising efforts has renewed the auxiliary’s focus on achieving their next target.
“This year we need to raise $45,000 to update the hospital’s ultrasound machine,” Marg said.
A new ultrasound machine for the hospital would have a large impact on the health service, with the updated technology benefitting other areas in addition to the ED, such as the Surgical and Midwifery departments.
BCH’s Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM) Nicole Dyer said an updated ultrasound machine would provide versatility.
“Additionally, procedures in general could potentially be performed faster, safer and less painfully”.
To kick start this new fundraising goal, the Ladies Auxiliary is holding an Autumn Luncheon at the Wonthaggi Golf Club at noon on Sunday, April 9.
Guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival, a three course meal and enjoy entertainment by Chris Griffiths singing hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s – all for just $40 per ticket.
For booking enquiries, call Cathy Geyer on 0437 129 398. Why not get a group together and book a table for a great afternoon out?