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Harvest Moon Ball to aid health foundation

The Fort Macleod and District Health Foundation is holding its fourth annual fall event, this year being the Harvest Moon Ball. Last year supporters will remember the event as Oktoberfest.
The Harvest Moon Ball is Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.
The Harvest Moon Ball will provide the same good food, music, and fun raffles and auctions. As in the past ticket sales are brisk and with only 200 tickets the event does sell out. All tickets are pre-sold and the foundation encourages you to get your tickets soon so that you will not share the same disappointment that many experienced last year.
The mandate of the Fort Macleod and District Health Foundation is to enhance health care in our area. The foundation accomplishes this through fund-raising efforts and then financially supporting various local health care projects.
Organizers have always believed that while the main purpose of this event is to raise funds for the health centre it is also an opportunity to keep our health services and their needs in the public’s mind; all while having a little fun at the same time.
Tickets are still set at $50 which includes dinner by LA Chefs, dance to Fast Times, and participate in fun raffles and auctions. Each year raffle tickets are sold on a beer table with a value of more than $500 sponsored by Reg O’Sullivan Contracting.
Raffle tickets are also sold on a wine table voluntarily supported by staff at Fort Macleod Health Centre who donate the wine. More than 30 bottles have already been donated. Last year one excited participant took home 52 bottles. You have to be present to play.
The following are recent equipment purchases by the foundation for Fort Macleod Health Centre:

  • Lifepak 12 biphasic cardiac monitor upgrade, $6,800 — This equipment monitors the electrical activity of the heart and provides valuable clinical information to assist staff to treat life threatening cardiac conditions.
  • Three over-bed lights, $6,600 — New exam lights to enhance the three treatment areas in the main emergency room.
  • Electrocardiogram, $14,000 — The ECG machine is used daily by both the emergency and x-ray staff. It provides a recorded interpretation of the electrical activity of the heart.
  • Portable transport ventilator, $13,000 — This portable and easy to use transport device is used to provide ventilation to a patient that is being assisted to breathe.
  • Glidescope Fiberoptic Laryngoscope, $13,600 — This tool is a lighted camera used to provide easy visualization in the placement of a breathing tube.
  • ACLS course $3,800 — Advanced cardiac life support training was provided to 12 emergency staff and physicians.
  • Triple IV pump $8,400 — This IV pump allows staff to have three lines of solution and medication running simultaneously to one patient. This equipment is valuable in the care of a complex patient.
  • Cancer Radiation Centre $42,000 — These funds were contributed to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation to be expended on patient care comforts at the regional cancer treatment centre.
  • Physiotherapy equipment, $9,200 — These purchases include a recumbent bike, ultrasound, Plinth procedure table and Sammons Preston table; all equipment used in the physio-therapy department and home care clinic room.
  • Vital signs monitor and tenometer, $11,400 — The vital sign monitor is used for comprehensive monitoring of blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturation for infants and adults. The tenometer is a device that measures pressures with in the eye and has been a valuable device in the event of eye injuries.
  • Pain pump, $1,800 — This was a joint project between the Fort Macleod Hospital Auxiliary and the foundation. The total purchase price was $3,600. The pain pump is used in the community support beds for patients who require continuous delivery of medication for pain control.

The Harvest Moon Ball get under ways with cocktails and the silent auction at 6 p.m. LA Chefs will be serving supper at 7 p.m. The live auction will start around 8 p.m. and the evening will then carry on with dancing and listening to the band Fast Times from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
It is important to recognize that items for auction and raffle are made possible by the generous donations of individuals and businesses in our community. The foundation is most grateful for the support it receives, and all donations will be recognized at the event.
Tickets are available from foundation members. For more information call Susan Koots at 403-553-2529.

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