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Matching funds for new bed

Members of the Creston Kootenay Foundation Board present EKFH with a $10,000 grant.   (From left)  Brian Clifford (Chair EKFH), Ted Hutchison, Donna Grainger (EKFH), Chair Heather Suttie, Signe Miller. - Photo submitted
Members of the Creston Kootenay Foundation Board present EKFH with a $10,000 grant. (From left) Brian Clifford (Chair EKFH), Ted Hutchison, Donna Grainger (EKFH), Chair Heather Suttie, Signe Miller.
— image credit: Photo submitted

A new bariatric hospital bed will soon be making its appearance at the Swan Valley Residential Care Facility in Creston thanks to the coming together of two foundations.

The Creston Kootenay Foundation and the East Kootenay Foundation for Health decided to provide matching funds ($10,000 each) for a total of $20,000 to purchase the bed.

The Creston Kootenay Foundation selected the project as part of its annual community foundation grant giving evening while the health foundation allocated its portion of funds from the Estate of Olga Kramer, a long time resident of the Creston Valley.

This is the third time that the two organizations have committed to partner funding.  Heather Suttie, Chair of the Creston Kootenay Foundation explains, “This is so very exciting and it is so good to have a partner like EKFH that has the best interests of Creston in mind.   I predict that our Foundations have much more history to create together.”

With obesity trends on the rise, healthcare providers must be ready to provide care for patients of size while keeping them safe and comfortable at the same time.  A bariatric bed offers protection to patient’s skin, provides a wider and longer sleep and resting surface while allowing health care workers to deliver better care without compromising patient’s dignity.

“What an honour to be in Creston to receive this co-funding grant from the Creston Kootenay Foundation.  For EKFH to be included amongst the many worthwhile projects (12 in total) the community foundation is funding truly is very humbling,” shares Donna Grainger, Executive Director from EKFH.

When charitable organizations work together for betterment of community magic can happen.  For more information on these two foundations or to make a gift in support of their work visit East Kootenay Foundation for Health www.ekfh.ca and the Creston Kootenay Foundation www.ckfoundation.com.

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