Day surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital given major boost

Emma Childs
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Wayne and Wilma Hambly donate $250,000 to Friends for Life campaign

Wilma Hambly, left, and Wayne Hambly, right, were presented with a thank you gift after making a 250,000 donation to the QEH Foundation. Making the presentation was Dr. Rosemary Henderson, second left, director of medical affairs, and Spencer Campbell, past chair, QEH Foundation.

On Friday afternoon, the QEH Foundation received a cheque for $250,000 for the redevelopment of their day surgery facilities.

The funding came from Wayne and Wilma Hambly, longtime donors of the hospital and owners of Hambly Enterprises.

The donation was made as part of the annual Friends for Life campaign, which funds the purchase of medical equipment.  The total need for the 2013-14 year amounts to $5 million, $2 million of which makes up the day surgery redevelopment.

“Of the 8,000 surgeries performed at the QEH each year, 70 per cent of those are same day surgeries,” explained Ed Lawlor, chair of the Friends for Life campaign.

Dr. Rosemary Henderson, medical director for the QEH, said the donation would go towards the purchase of new equipment like monitors, stretchers, IV poles and operating microscopes among other things.

“The funds are going toward our new day surgery and pre-surgery clinic and the post-operative care unit,” she said, explaining that these three areas comprise “the last component of the first phase of QEH redevelopment.”

The first phase, with a $2 million price tag, was capped by the Hamblys’ donation.

In 2013, the QEH reached a milestone of having raised $50 million for the purchase of medical equipment over its 29 years of existence.

“While we measure our campaign’s success in dollars, it’s really about the patient care and the lives of Islanders,” said Lawlor.

The hospital will be raising more funds between April 3 and 6 with a portion of proceeds from a $10 breakfast at Hunter’s Alehouse going to the foundation.

Organizations: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, QEH Foundation, Lawlor.The hospital

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  • jay
    March 28, 2014 - 20:18

    Incredible!

  • Wow
    March 28, 2014 - 18:54

    What a wonderful and generous gift!! It is nice to see some of the local community leaders show such generosity. A great example for all of us.