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Crashed Cars for Crash Carts

(From left) Jeannie Kambeitz (RN) joins Chris Thom (Rocky Mountain Diesel) and AJ Brekke (Manager Critical Care) to discuss the major benefits of adding crash carts to the Emergency and ICU units at EKRH. - Photo submitted
(From left) Jeannie Kambeitz (RN) joins Chris Thom (Rocky Mountain Diesel) and AJ Brekke (Manager Critical Care) to discuss the major benefits of adding crash carts to the Emergency and ICU units at EKRH.
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The holiday spirit continues for Cranbrook’s Rocky Mountain Diesel & Autobody Ltd. who is continuing their annual holiday tradition by making a significant gift to East Kootenay Foundation for Health for its Starlite Campaign.

“When the foundation told us that they were thanking the region by lighting all the stars at once this year, it didn’t change our mind about supporting health care.   After working with Donna we came up with a creative fundraiser called Crashed Cars for Crash Carts which highlights our body shop and the emergency and intensive care units at the hospital,” shares a smiling Chris Thom, Owner of RMD.

In honour of its customers and staff RMD is going to purchase two trauma crash carts ($10,000) for the emergency department and Intensive Care Unit for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital.

A crash cart is a wheeled cabinet for storing lifesaving equipment which contains all of the equipment necessary for emergency resuscitation, from latex gloves to a defibrillator.  Crash carts are conveniently positioned throughout hospitals and some other medical facilities so that they can be quickly accessed in an emergency.

The Thom family started their tradition of sharing thanks at the same time the EKFH launched its Starlite Campaign for Excellence in Health Care.  Over the past five years, Rocky Mountain Diesel has contributed over $56,500 in funding through the campaign.   Their support has been focused on seniors’ facilities in the East Kootenay, support of last year’s digital mammography campaign and now key equipment for the emergency and trauma care areas of the hospital.

The 2012 theme of the Starlite Campaign is you OUR Stars. Thank you Rocky Mountain Diesel for shining your star to the benefit of others living in the East Kootenay.   To make your own Starlite gift visit us at www.ekfh.ca.

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