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Legion’s Poppy Fund purchases special mattresses for Johnson Memorial Hospital

Randy Albertson and Bob McCormick, representatives from Royal Canadian Legion Branch #182 in Gimli, presented just under $6,000 to Interlake-Eastern RHA representatives at Johnson Memorial Hospital.

The funds will be directed to the purchase of two pressure relief mattresses that will provide additional comfort to hospital patients.

On site to accept the cheque were Diane Kelly, chair of Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority (RHA) Board of Directors and Jennifer Thompson, Gimli Community Health Centre’s clinical team manager.

“We are thankful that the Legion thought of us. We appreciate their support,” Thompson said.

The new mattresses are designed to provide the correct amount of support on various parts of the body. The result is that the weight of the entire body is far more evenly distributed and will keep patients with limited movement more comfortable, including people recuperating from broken bones and people requiring palliative care. This is very different from a standard mattress where certain areas of the body endure more pressure and some endure less.

“Currently the hospital has less sophisticated pressure relief mattresses than the two provided by the Legion. The new mattresses will ensure greater comfort for our patients and be a very welcome addition to our patient care equipment,” Thompson said.

The Legion, over 400 members strong in Gimli, has made donations to Johnson Memorial Hospital in the past. Randy Albertson said the Legion is pleased to be able to continue to provide support to the hospital.

“It is good to support our own community. We are glad we are able to help the people who will be using these mattresses and hopefully make them a bit more comfortable,” Albertson said.

Last year, Canadians wore an estimated 18 million poppies in remembrance of the more than 117,000 servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Money raised through the Gimli Legion’s annual Poppy Fund is used to support a number of different local community initiatives. For more information on the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Fund, please visit www.legion.ca.

 

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