A lot of celebrating was going on at the Humboldt District Hospital Foundation (HDHF) office on January 12 as the organization announced they had reached their $750,000 Equip To Care campaign goal in just 16 months.

“Our original goal was to reach that target within 18 to 24 months,” reported Lorrie Bunko, executive director of the HDHF. “When we began this campaign, we thought 18 months was a little too aggressive, but we were able to wrap up the fundraising in just 16 months. We are extremely excited about that.”

Overseen by the 14-member HDHF board of directors, the $750,000 Equip To Care Campaign was launched in April 2013 to raise money for priority equipment needs for the Humboldt District Health Complex.

“The needs of our health care facility continue as new technology becomes available, parts become obsolete on aging equipment and the demands for services increase,” Bunko explained.

Humboldt District Health Complex exterior

The Humboldt District Hospital Foundation has wrapped up an extremely successful $750,000 campaign to purchase medical equipment for the hospital in just 16 months.

Over the past 16 months, some huge donations were made to the campaign, including $100,000 from PotashCorp, $88,000 from BHP Billiton, $40,000 from the Kinsmen Foundation, and $110,000 from the Humboldt Good Neighbour Store.  The Charles and Muriel Sutherland Foundation gave $6,000, the St. Gertrude Community Club, $5,000, and Staging Canadell, $5,000. The Humboldt Co-op donated both $6,000 and the profits from the breakfasts sold at the two radiothons held during the course of the campaign.

“There were also several major donors to the campaign who wished to remain anonymous,” Bunko said.

Fundraising events were also key to the success of this campaign. Two Equip to Care Radiothons were held in 2013 and 2014 in partnership with 107.5 Bolt FM in Humboldt, and these will continue as annual events, Bunko noted. Other events included the Have a Heart Walk, Run or Bike, the Christmas Angels event, and the Friends FORE Health Care Charity Scramble.

The HDHF vowed at the outset to purchase priority equipment needs as the campaign generated dollars. Fulfilling that vow, numerous pieces of equipment were purchased over the past 16 months, many with big price tags. Some of those purchases included a portable x-ray machine, a portable ultrasound used by physicians, scopes for the operating room, a bladder scanner, two ceiling track lifts for Emergency and the Girafe Spot Light for hyper-bilirubin.

“We are always grateful for the work of the Foundation, and we are truly thankful to all those who donated to this campaign. We’re very fortunate to have such a supportive community,” said Yvonne Berscheid, site leader of Humboldt District Hospital. “The new technology represented by these purchases have already had a direct impact on the care we are able to provide.

“The Humboldt District Hospital Foundation would like to thank the ongoing and dedicated support from donors throughout the Humboldt district and within the province of Saskatchewan who value health care as much as we do, and the volunteers who are always there to lend a helping hand for events and projects,” Bunko noted.

Although this campaign is complete, the efforts of the Humboldt District Hospital Foundation continue. The annual radiothon that informs residents throughout the Humboldt district about needs and services of the Humboldt District Health Complex will take place in April 2015.