Sandra Schmirler Foundation Purchases Medical Equipment For Local Babies

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(L to R) Brendan Acorn, Sandra Schmirler Foundation Scholar, Debbie Fleming, RN, Kierston Miron, Patient Care Manager of Women and Children’s Health Department, and Logan and Lauryn with mother Erin Bellerose, Representing the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (June 15, 2018) – The Sandra Schmirler Foundation has come up big for the littlest patients in our community Hospital. A Fetal Telemetry Monitor is needed for the local Women and Children’s Health Unit at Sault Area Hospital. The Sandra Schmirler Foundation has responded to that need with a donation of $12,270 for the purchase of this life-saving equipment. This gift has ensured expecting mothers will have the best technology needed to take care of them and their unborn babies during childbirth.

Fetal Telemetry monitors allow expecting mothers, in labour, to move freely around their rooms while they prepare for birth. The unit uses wireless technology to deliver the vitals of the unborn infant and mother to the healthcare providers ensuring they have all the information needed to care for their patients. These monitors are constantly in use and essential to providing the best possible care to our moms and their babies.

With this gift, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation has donated $61,600 to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation since 2010. The Foundation was created as a legacy to three-time world curling champion and Olympic gold medalist, Sandra Schmirler, in recognition and celebration of her love of family. The Foundation’s vision is to create a living legacy in honour of this amazing woman who touched the hearts of so many Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

“We are honoured to help support the needs of the Sault Area Hospital’s Women and Children Health Unit”, said Brad Sylvester, Chair, Sandra Schmirler Foundation Board of Directors. “All champions start small and it is our pleasure to fund this important piece of equipment to help families in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District.”

“This is a generous gift from a Foundation honouring a great Canadian. We know Sandra would be so proud to know this purchase is being made but also to know that her legacy is making a difference across Canada. This generosity will touch the lives of new families every single day.” – Cheryl Pavoni, Executive Director, Sault Area Hospital Foundation.

Community funding pays for hospital equipment, the tools Sault Area Hospital caregivers need to keep local patients healthy. Community fundraising is a reality that every hospital in the province faces. Local dollars save local lives. Donations to SAHF allow SAH to deliver care with leading-edge medical equipment and acquisition of the latest information technology.

The Sault Area Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank the Sandra Schmirler Foundation for their support.  Thank you for making healthcare a priority and for helping keep patients close to home for excellent care.

The Sault Area Hospital Foundation (SAHF) is responsible for raising funds to purchase medical equipment for the Sault Area Hospital (SAH). Community funding pays for hospital equipment, the tools our caregivers need to keep you healthy. Community fundraising is a reality that every hospital in the province faces. Local dollars save local lives. Donations to SAHF allow SAH to deliver care with leading-edge medical equipment and acquisition of the latest information technology. Philanthropic investments to SAHF can help expand the knowledge and competency of physicians, nurses and staff. Together with our community, the Foundation, as the primary source of funding for equipment, can ensure the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie and area have quality patient-centered healthcare. We will inspire donors to join us in raising funds for Sault Area Hospital to ensure the delivery of outstanding care, close to home.