RVH gets $50,000 donation to purchase ventilators for ICU patients fighting back COVID-19

A sizable donation on the part of a local developer will go toward some much-needed weapons in the fight against COVID-19 at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH).

The president of JCR Holdings, Jeff Rice, has donated $50,000 to RVH to be used to purchase new ventilators for the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. “As we grapple with COVID-19, we know critical care is where the biggest fights will be fought,” says Rice. “I want to do my part to make sure medical teams in the ICU have the tools they need for patient care.”

The hospital says these ventilators are one of the most important tools a health centre can have for COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care.

Dr. Chris Martin, RVH Chief and Medical Director of Critical Care, in the ICU with a ventilator – photo courtesy RVH

This donation comes at a time when RVH continues to work towards increasing its capacity and equipment required to respond to the pandemic, including the potential for a second wave of infections. This includes the purchase of more ventilators, increasing critical care bed count, and constructing a field hospital on the RVH campus.

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The hospital continues to take donations of medical supplies through its website.