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November 2017

Kawartha Credit Union improves the culture in the Brockville General Hospital's environment with a presentation of $5,000




Pictured, left to right, are: Penny Miller, Kawartha Member Service Representative, Brad Speck, Kawartha Investment Specialist, Kathryn Ruttimann, Kawartha Branch Manager, Jamie Wright, Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Board Member, Kieron Rees, Manager, Brockville General Hospital Mental Health In-patient Unit, Dr. Rob Malone, Chief of Psychiatry, Linda Hunter, Vice President of Clinical Services and Dr. Donald Argue.

On Wednesday, October 25, Kawartha Credit Union (Brockville Branch) presented a cheque for $5,000 to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation for the purchase of an osimi-electric blood pressure monitoring machine.

"At Kawartha Credit Union, we have a Community Involvement Program that supports the four pillars of the community and one of them is health," said Brockville Branch Manager, Kathryn Ruttimann. "In fact, we have given more than $2 million to local communities. We are very dedicated in making our communities a better place."

According to Dr. Donald Argue, the computer features on this machine are programmable when taking blood pressure. It is especially beneficial for those concerned by the white coat syndrome as a patient can be seated in a private setting, reading an interesting book while the machine automatically sequences a series of blood pressure recordings. It will record the findings, averages them and give feedback.

"For all our patients in for a mental health related diagnosis, we take a fairly holistic approach," said Dr. Argue. "We are looking at their general health problems, including hypertension and what not. If you look at a hospital setting the vital signs are always vital."

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Local Shoppers Drug Marts prescription for a “Girls Night Out” brings in over $25,000 for Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiovascular Program



Pictured left to right are Carolyn Burpee, owner of the downtown Brockville and Prescott Shoppers Drug Mart locations, Brockville and District Hospital Foundation members, Vice Chair Heather Halladay, Past Chair Ruth Lockett and BCP Staff, Helen Ostap, RN.

Laughter is the best medicine. And laughter flowed at the November 2nd “Women with Heart” event held at the Aquatarium.

The local Brockville, and Prescott, Shoppers Drug Mart locations graciously sponsored this unique event idea that coupled Shoppers Drug Mart’s “Growing Women’s Health” campaign with the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation’s “Women with Heart” event that raised over $25,000 for Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiovascular Program.

Carrie Hands, former client of the hospital program, hosted the evening’s event that featured wine, samplings of delicious appetizers and the humorous entertainment of Second City Alumni and comedian, Deborah Kimmett.

The prescribed remedy was effective, as many left with smiling faces. All-in-all it was a very delightful and meaningful evening.

The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation express their thanks to the sponsors as well as to the participant’s overwhelming support for this non-government funded program.

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