Solid additions to the hospital

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By Sherry Martell
Truro Daily News
Tatamagouche - Well-worn bedside cabinets are being replaced at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital thanks to the hard work of the local auxiliary.
Shauna MacDonnell, site manager and nurse manager of the facility, said the group's generosity will aid in client comfort.
"I think it's a very noble project for you to have worked so hard for," said MacDonnell.
About a dozen auxiliary members attended a special volunteer recognition tea held at the rural hospital this week. They were shown some of the items purchased with funds they raised at their annual strawberryfest and chowerfest, along with hosting book sales, participating in a tape saver program at a local grocery store and donations.
Four sets of matching, sturdy bedside cabinets and over-bed tables were purchased by the auxiliary, costing about $4,300.
"They really need them," said Bev Foston, auxiliary secretary. "The ones they had before were very old and they needed to be replaced. "
The new cabinets and tables will replace equipment more than 30 years old.
Maureen Hildebrandt, the organization's treasurer, said by April 2009 funds will be raised to purchase another four sets. About 15 sets in total will be replaced as funds allow during the next two to three years.
MacDonnell said a renovation project planned to rejuvenate the aging facility should be underway by December or January.
"We're ready to go whenever the contractors are ready." She said areas of the hospital where work is planned have been cleared out and prepared for impending renovations.
A public meeting will be held on Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tatamagouche fire hall to share renovation design plans and discuss the project's progress.

Organizations: Daily News, Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital

Geographic location: Tatamagouche

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