TRURO – Old hospital equipment is being replaced thanks to fundraising efforts of the Colchester Regional Hospital Auxiliary.
The auxiliary donated $103,700 to the Colchester East Hants Health Authority from the fiscal year ending in March 2014, to go toward the purchase of equipment for the hospital.
“With that money, we are able to purchase a tissue processor and microtome,” said Jason Varner, the director of finance for the health authority. “The tissue processor is used for tissue samples received from the operating room or clinics that need to be examined for things such as cancer and inflammation. It will make for faster and more efficient processing, with a faster turn around time.”
The finance director said the processor the hospital had prior to purchasing the new one was more than 10 years old.
As for the microtome, he said it cuts tissue from the processor into micrometres.
“Then those tissue samples are made into slides and stained, and examined by pathologists,” he said.
“The design of the new microtome is more user-friendly and efficient,” he said.
Along with the microtome and tissue processor, new microscopes and a D-blade were purchased. The microscopes are more efficient and accurate than previous equipment, and the D-blade is used in the operating room for difficult intubations.
Jan Peck, president of the auxiliary, said the money was raised throughout the year.
“Every year, we raise about $100,000 for the hospital and this year, it was through the coffee and gift shop sales, and the annual Hubbub,” she said. “Plus, we had draws throughout the year and ticket sales.”
One hundred per cent of the money raised each year by auxiliary members, who are all volunteers, go into the hospital.
“We also bought some equipment at the end of November,” said Peck. “We were able to purchase some 3D software and a wand for diagnostic imaging.”
She said that equipment cost about $46,000.
Along with the yearly donations, the auxiliary donated $800,000 to the new Colchester East Hants Health Centre.