“Wheely” Big Deal at UHNBC
Prince George, B.C. – The University Hospital of Northern BC has received a fleet of new wheelchairs, thanks to fundraising efforts over the past year.
The 62 rehabilitation wheelchairs were purchased by the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation with the more than $102 thousand dollars raised through a number of campaigns in 2016, including Boogie With the Stars , and a Bike-A-Thon sponsored by the Punjabi Senior Society.
( at right, Spirit of the North Board members and project sponsors pose with the new fleet- photo T.Moore Photography)
The Occupational Therapy Department at UHNBC conducted an evaluation of the needs of their patients and assessed the quality of a number of different styles of wheelchairs. The end result has three different sizes of Canadian made Helio Light wheelchairs being purchased.
“We are so happy to see that this fleet has arrived and will go into circulation soon. This is only made possible through the generosity of so many who support Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. The real pat on the back is to the community, the donors, sponsors, supporters and those who believe in giving to see that healthcare in the North is advancing and meeting the needs of patients at UHNBC. – Judy Neiser,CEO, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
The chairs are “sunflower orange” in colour so they can be easily spotted in the event they somehow make it off the Hospital property.