Fort St. John Hospital Foundation receives major grant for ventilator

James Dunn

Fort St. John Hospital Foundation (FSJHF) is getting some much needed equipment thanks to a major grant from a charitable foundation.

The FSJHF received $50,000 from TB Vets Charitable Foundation, which specializes in respiratory care.

The money is going toward purchasing a $60,000 dollar ventilator.

It will be used to help suffering intensive care patients who have trouble breathing.

It's the largest grant TB Vets has given to the FSJHF to date.

The foundation's executive director, Niki Hedges, says this ventilator will help with patient care, especially when older technology wears out.

"We can meet whatever comes through the door in the best way possible. Technology does change, and having high level technology certainly helps." Hedges said.

25 hospitals across the province received grants from TB Vets in 2020, grants ranged from $1,000 to $75,000 for ventilators, pumps, nasal therapy, and research.

TB Vets reached out to the FSJHF about applying for other grants related to respiratory care. 

However, those are still in the application stage.

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