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UA Local 170 donates $95,000 to Richmond Hospital
A Lower Mainland trade union has made a sizable donation that will have Richmond residents breathing easier in the future.
The United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of Canada and the United States Local 170 made a $95,000 donation to Richmond Hospital Foundation that will be used to purchase a new breathing box at Richmond Hospital, a medical device that will help doctors assess and diagnose lung disease and monitor changes over time.
The donation was announced Monday at the Delta-based United Association Piping Industry College of B.C., an impressive educational facility that Richmond Hospital CEO Mike Nader and Richmond Hospital Foundation CEO Natalie Meixner received a tour of.
In thanking the trade union, Nader noted that Richmond is the second fastest growing community in B.C. behind only Surrey, and is also an aging one.
As the community gets older, that’s when healthcare resources are needed the most, he said.
“Certainly, our partnerships with the trade unions are instrumental for us to keep up with the demands in health care,” said Nader.
Dr. Iqbal Ahmed, director of the pulmonary function lab at Richmond Hospital, was all smiles about the donation—a “wonderful gift,” he said—which will help him do his job better.
“Breathing is really one of the basic sort of things anyone deals with. If you can’t breath, you can’t do a lot of things,” he said, adding that the incidence of lung disease is increasing.
Richmond’s pulmonary function lab sees more than 2,000 patients a year, but there are waiting lists and many patients have to leave Richmond for testing.
“Whether it’s for an emergency or for any other health care needs—we all want our highly skilled health care professionals here to be equipped with the latest, most advanced tools for the best possible care for our community,” Meixner said.
The gift is the first major donation by a trade union to Richmond Hospital Foundation.
Joe Shayler, business manager and financial secretary for the trade union, said: “Our union members are dedicated to ensuring public health and safety through using proper procedures and complying with all applicable codes to support the highest standards in our industry. This donation to Richmond Hospital is a further demonstration of our commitment to the health and safety of the communities we serve.”