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Visions gala vital success for Victoria Hospitals Foundation

Nov 21 2011

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation raised $427,000 at its Visions gala at the Fairmont Empress hotel Saturday night.

The money will go toward the overall fall campaign, which aims to raise $595,000 for the purchase of 94 specialized vital-signs monitors for the heart health and general surgery units in the new patient care centre at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

A live auction and silent auction included a range of packages that raised a combined total of $93,000. Two of the 280 guests each donated $6,700.

The black-tie gala represents a large part of the foundation’s fundraising effort, so the successful evening will go a long way to improving patient care, according to officials with the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

“These new vital-signs monitors are having a profound impact on the care we’re able to provide at the new patient care centre,” said Dr. Daniel Wong, medical director of heart health for VIHA.

The monitors collect and display key patient information, including blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, blood-oxygen saturation and temperature. By having one in each patient’s room, doctors can make assessments at the bedside.

Anyone can donate to the foundation by phoning 250-519-1750 or visiting www.victoriahf.ca/visions.